From the very first time we talked, Jennifer was incredibly helpful. I was at wits end (my fiance was begging me to look for a planner), as our wedding location was hours away, and doing everything over just the internet was just impossible. We...
had a very tight budget, too, and to be honest, I had really given up on having the "wedding of my dreams" once I realized how expensive venues in the greater metro Atlanta area could be.
I cannot tell you how big a sigh of relief I heaved after talking with Jennifer for the first time! When she met with us for a consultation, she truly went above and beyond. She was professional, organized, and very prepared- but Jennifer was certainly not inflexible, either! She came to the consultation with great ideas, asked my fiance, parents and I all what was important to us, and we were all able to bounce great ideas off of one another. I got into the car after our first meeting and couldn't stop talking about ideas we had all brainstormed together. For the first time in months I was actually excited about planning our wedding!!!
Georgia Wedding Consultants has all of the connections we would ever need, Jennifer never once pushed us to go outside of our budget of $10,000 (a small number to begin with, then place that into the Atlanta area...), and she was full of great money saving ideas that didn't compromise our vision of a great wedding. To top it all off, I really and truly got the sense that I was working with an overall wonderful person. Perhaps that is the most important part of hiring a wedding planner.
Jennifer is definitely a professional, and I wouldn't doubt her business and negotiation skills for a second, but she actually cares about the bride (and the groom and parents and everyone involved!).
A point of general advice for brides looking for wedding planners: a flat, upfront rate is very reassuring when you have a tight budget. One of the reasons we chose to go with Jennifer was that, regardless of our budget, we would be treated exactly the same as any other bride, simply because she charges the same amount for everyone- as opposed to using a percentage to determine the rates. I have gotten the impression from other planners that use a percentage system that those with the larger budgets are going to get the most attention (I mean, 7% of 10,000 is very different from 7% of 100,000). Also- if a planner doesn't come very prepared to your consultation, ask yourself how prepared they're going to be on your wedding day!
Loooong review short: WONDERFUL WEDDING PLANNING SERVICE!!!!