Some Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions that aren't answered here? Send them my way: kinshipandcompany@gmail.com

How do I know what I'm supposed to do? I'm awash in others people's opinions & ideas of what I should be doing!

There is no wrong way to have a wedding.  You could have 100 friends and family come to a public park, sit on blankets surrounding you both and an officiant and have a simple ceremony - and then skip the dinner, the tent, the reception.  Or you both could get married in your best friend's living room surrounded by 10 people, and celebrate afterwards with champagne and a bbq. Or, you could go to the courthouse, get married & then take yourselves out to dinner!  These all would be pretty easy to plan, and all are equally great options for a wedding.

That said, as soon as you add in different scheduled events (cocktail hour, dinner, toasts, cake cutting, dancing, etc...), other vendors (a caterer, photographer, bartenders, baker, florist, DJ, musicians), and rentals (a tent, tables, chairs, plates, flatware, glasses, dance floor, lights, linens) - not to mention your own personalized decorations - it can be extremely helpful to call in some extra help.

What's the difference between coordination & planning?

You can read a little bit more about coordination versus planning on the Services page... but I'll go into some more detail here.

Wedding Coordination:

Many couples who have the time & interest in doing all the planning themselves find that hiring a coordinator helps them relax and focus on the experience of getting married the day of the wedding - instead of being caught up in the details of event management.  If you have experience planning events, or if you're just really good with details - and if planning a wedding sounds like a fun project, then go for it!  But as you come up on the actual wedding day, you probably don't want to be the person that shows up onsite at 9 AM to coordinate set up, answer vendor questions, figure out what to do if the power goes out, or the florist gets lost on their way to the site... that's where a coordinator comes in.  You & your partner have done all the planning, but there's a lot of day of work that goes into any event.  My role as a coordinator is to see the event through, start to finish - from set up to break down, keeping everyone on schedule & problem solving on the fly.   Hiring a coordinator also takes the burden off of friends or family who might have to step into this role if there was no other point person for the day.

Wedding Planning:

For couples who don't want to have to learn how to become event planners for their wedding, and would like to relieve themselves of the stress of planning (or maybe they simply don't have time!) - hiring a wedding planner can be a great idea.

The entire planning process - from figuring out what your goals, vision & budget are, to being a go-between with every vendor as we secure contracts, and creating a schedule that orchestrates all the moving parts, is a large part of the role of a wedding planner.  As the vendor liaison, anytime a vendor has a question, they come to me to figure it out.

But beyond actual planning, what you're investing in is access to support & insurance.  I work hard to always reply to emails within 24 hours (or at least send you a note letting you know that it'll take me longer to get back to you!). As your planner, you basically have me on retainer - I'm available for whatever questions form up during the entire wedding planning process. That means that from now until your wedding, if you have a question, I'm here to help. 

As for the insurance - I'm committing that I'll do everything I can to make sure the planning is as stress-free as possible, and that your wedding goes as planned - and if anything comes up that might throw a wrench in the works, I'm there to figure it out.

When you plan a wedding, you hire a bunch of individual vendors who are all really great at their jobs - but my job as a planner is to take each of those separate pieces and create synergy, cooperation & flow.  Every other vendor is there to provide the best service they can for their allotted task - be it music, food, photography, flowers - and I'm there to make sure they work well with each other, that the whole event goes smoothly, and that the two of you & all your guests are taken care of the entire time.

My job is to support you in having a meaningful celebration where you and your partner can get married, spend some time surrounded by people that love you, have a lot of fun, and not feel burdened by having to manage the event.

If I hire you, will you just start telling me all these things I have to do for my wedding? Can I just have a simple party?

You can! Let's talk. It doesn't have to be expensive. It doesn't have to be anything.  If you want to meet once to figure out a game plan for a super simple ceremony & dinner with family & friends - I got you.

Or maybe we'll go all out... I'm thinking my beloved & I will ride up on horses for the ceremony & then hire a 15 piece band & serve custom whiskey cocktails & then do an outdoor movie showing of The Princess Bride.

Yup, we can do that too. Let's talk!

© Allison Usavage
© Allison Usavage
© Allison Usavage
© Allison Usavage
© 2015 - ALLISON USAVAGE
© 2015 - ALLISON USAVAGE
© Allison Usavage
© Allison Usavage
© 2017 - ALLISON USAVAGE
© 2017 - ALLISON USAVAGE

Photos gratefully used with permission from Allison Usavage.