How long have you been planning weddings and how many weddings have you planned?
Sarah Linow is planning weddings since 2009 and we have planned more than 300 weddings so far.
How many weddings do you plan a year?
Each planner plans around 10 weddings a year, it varies depending on how in love with detail the weddings are.
Why is wedding planning so expensive?
Our couples not only appreciate our time investment, but also the expertise since 2009. This applies to our industry knowledge in terms of service providers, locations and prices. We are always a neutral advisor, sometimes also a mediator. We think of every detail, take care of the communication with the location and the service providers in advance, and occasionally with guests. On the wedding day we coordinate the service providers, work hand in hand with the location, take care of the guests and the couple. We relieve our couples of the stress and have a lot of responsibility beforehand and on the wedding day.
Do you charge as a percentage or as a package?
We have transparent hourly rates (€130-150 per hour inkl. VAT). After the first introductory conversation, we can usually estimate very well how many hours we will need for the planning.
The advantage is fair for both sides. With a percentage fee, the planning costs would remain in the back of every budget decision. Because with every provider that is more expensive, the planning costs would also increase.
Do you also offer partial services?
For capacity reasons, we no longer offer partial services (such as location searches or packages with less than 50 hours) apart from the Wedding Day Coordination. The smallest planning package is the Relaxed Planning with 50 hours of planning + 10 hours on the wedding day.
As a couple, can we do some of the planning ourselves?
Yes of course. We work very individually. Our couples decide for themselves whether we support them in everything or whether they want to plan or get things on their own.
As a couple, are we allowed to bring service providers?
Yes, that’s fine. We are happy to recommend our certified service providers. This has the advantage that the service provider team knows each other and works hand in hand. If our couples bring their service providers with them, that is possible and we include all the service providers in the planning.
How much budget do we need for the wedding?
We calculate from about €200 per person for food and drinks. Depending on the number of guests, this is the largest part of the budget. Everything else is added (clothing & rings, styling hair & make-up, photographer, videographer, flowers and decorations, band or DJ, entertainment, loving details, hotel & transfer, etc.). Our fee is independent of this and is calculated separately.
What are the payment terms?
We charge 40% in advance and 60% 2 months before the wedding.
What happens if we have to postpone our wedding?
We support our couples with a postponement and take over the communication with the location and the service providers. We are completely at the disposal of our couples until the actual wedding day.
What tools do we get to keep track at all times?
We work with an American wedding planning software in which all important planning topics can be viewed clearly. Our couples have full access at all times.
What makes you different from other planners?
1. The expertise! There are hardly any planners who have been planning since 2009 and are as networked as we are.
2. We educate ourselves regularly, we go to the Wedding MBA Congress in Las Vegas every year. There we attend seminars, see the latest trends, evaluations, software, apps and exchange ideas with colleagues.
3. Our wedding planning software comes from the USA and includes the complete planning: guest list with RSVPs, table planning, design studio, budget plan, contact and contract management for all service providers, to-do list, detailed planning of the wedding day and notes.
Our couples have full access and can manage details or just follow their planning at any time.
4. We are a team and support each other in the planning process and on the wedding day, so that your support is guaranteed.