In 2003, I launched Gianna and Company as an event and wedding planning company after seven years of producing live game shows throughout the United States for Sony Picture Entertainment’s GSN.
Many times a day we receive calls from people, who need help finding a venue or they are not certain if their budget will work with their guest count or vision. I love to help people weed out the hype and make sound decisions.
Since weddings and special events are live, there is always a chance that something can go wrong. That is why it is very important when you are talking with planners, that you make sure that you and the planner are a good fit and you trust their instincts and that they will have your back should something go wrong on your wedding day. Our company works very hard to make sure that our client’s events run as smooth as possible, event when we are faced with challenges.
Check out their website, social media presence and work history. Is their style similar to yours? How long have they been in business? What is their background?
Interviewing the planner on the phone is not the same as meeting them in-person. It is very important that you meet the planner face to face. You want to make sure that you and your event planner are compatible.
When you are interviewing your planner, trust your instincts before you sign on the dotted line. You’re relying on this person to handle one of the most important days of your life, plus you’ll be spending a lot of time working with them, so make sure you feel a connection. Because we are spending a lot of time together (phone, email and logistical and creative meetings), we have adopted a policy that we must meet in-person first before we produce someone’s wedding or special event.
Some of our clients like to design their own events with logistical guidance from us and others want the planning company to assist with the design as well as the logistics. As a planner, I rely heavily on a customized timeline and production schedule to make sure that details don’t fall through the cracks. We don’t inundate our clients with forms and several calls to ask questions that can be handled through emails. However, it is important that we talk with our clients periodically to make sure that we are on the same page.
Here is a link to our website. Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or would like more information.
Wishing you a wonderful day! XO, Gianna