Answers to some frequently asked questions
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Do you offer Day-Of Coordination?
The answer is a resounding, NO!
“Day-Of Coordination" is a misnomer and does not exist. Yep, I said it! The words "Day-Of" imply it takes place in a 24 hours and "Coordination" is implies we are just simply shuffling papers around! No one is so magical that they can come in the day of your wedding and make all the moving parts work seamlessly. Event planning takes months of time, effort and skilled expertise. Our Wedding Management services encompasses months of hands on planning, development and design. It provides our clients with the peace of mind, support and expert resources they don't even know they need until they need it! As an engaged couple, this might be your first time planning a wedding, but it is for sure not ours! With over a 100 weddings under our belt we know Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was your wedding!
We are not planning a luxury wedding. Do we still need a wedding planner?
It is highly recommended to have a Planner for any size wedding or event. By nature, a wedding planner IS a luxury item. Let's be honest, weddings are not an essential part of getting legally married but they are a luxury that we have come to love. A couple can easy go to a court house or justice of the peace to exchange vows. We love weddings because they are a change to celebrate our love with our family and friends in a celebratory way. Let me give you an example to help explain my point. A play or musical, no matter the size or location (On Broadway or in a local community theater) has a Stage Manager. That Stage Manager has been working with and on that production since the beginning. The Stage Manager is an essential part of the functionality and logistics of a production. Just think of your wedding as a production as the stage manager as the wedding planner.
Will you Travel?
HECK YA! We love to travel. Most of our events are in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree and Ventura County, but we will travel anywhere with an additional travel fee. Weddings or Events more than 50 miles from our HQ as well as out of state weddings require a travel fee and hotel accommodations.
My Venue Provides A Coordinator. Do I Still Hire An Event Planner?
Simple answer, YES! Venue Coordinators (Managers) are provided by the venue for the venue, not the couple. They are not responsible for the months of planning, design, logistics and helping to run the ceremony, decorating the site or keeping track of the timeline throughout the night. Venue Coordinators (Managers) and Wedding Planners are both VERY important positions but serve completely different purposes. Your venue manager and wedding planner should be working in tandem to ensure that the event is a success. Check your contract and talk to the venue to find out details of what the Venue Coordinator is participating in. Don't wait till it's too late. Most venues welcome and will highly encourage you to bring your own Wedding Planner.
Do you plan events other than weddings?
Although we pride ourselves on our wedding planner services, any place where there is a group of people, food and good times, there we will be. Corporate events, proposals, rehearsal dinners, retirement parties, birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, business openings, gender reveal parties, bachelorette festivities- you dream it, I can create it!
How Many Planners Are Included In Your Packages?
In any given Anything But Gray Events package, there will be 1 Planner and at least 1 assistant at your event. Additional assistants might be added depending on the number of guests, services and multiple venue locations. We can customize and tailor to your event needs.