FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...
Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions by prospective clients.
What type of services do you offer?
Mariage Blanc Designs is an all-inclusive design & planning service company that offers multiple services, specializing in high-end event design & coordination. We offer full design & coordination services for one's special event. We also offer services in personalized stationery design & print, party favors, tablescapes, event photography, even calling those guests who haven't RSVP'd, & much more! View our Services page for a detailed list of services we offer. Our specialized Event Packages allow us to facilitate your event seamlessly, while you sit back & relax. View our outlined "Wedding Packages" or "Event Packages" page to see which package is best suitable for your needs!
My venue has included an Event Coordinator, isn't that all I need?
Generally, with venues the Coordinator will only provide services that pertain solely to the venue. And while that's definitely lending a helping hand, it is not in their job description to cater to all the event details, which include overall design layout, rehearsal planning, vendor correspondence/management, creating/setting up specific designs (i.e. setting up personalized menus & favors, place card tables, making sure things are running according to schedule, cue you down the aisle, just to name a few!).
What are your costs?
Mariage Blanc Designs offers customized proposals based on our tailored flat rates for each requested service rendered. Estimated proposals are provided within 3-5 business days (may be extended to 7 business days during busy season), upon receipt of Client answers to our "Client Style & Service Questionnaires." The estimated proposal, will include a breakdown of labor & materials. We will reserve the event date with a soft hold for 3 days upon providing the proposal for the client to review, sign, & submit along with the deposit. Wedding Packages receive an 5% off if booked within the first 24 hours. Event packages receive 3% if booked within the first 24 hours.
What are your payment terms?
A 50% non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking and signing the contract. The remaining balance is due 4-6 weeks prior to the actual event date. If you would like to secure an event date that's far in advance (anything over 8 months in advance for weddings & anything over 5 months in advance for events), we will require a non-refundable retainer fee of $350.00 for events & $500.00 for weddings.
What method of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, check, money orders, and all major debit/credit cards, as methods of payment. An additional 3% processing fee is charged for all debit/credit card payments.
Do you receive commission for referring vendors?
No. We do not receive commission or kickbacks from vendors, and we will only refer reputable vendors that are a good fit to the client's needs, style, & budget.
Do you have Liability Insurance?
Yes, Mariage Blanc Designs has General Liability Insurance, and can provide a certificate of insurance with listed additional insured if required for an event.
How far do you travel?
Generally, we travel a 25-mile radius, covering the Hudson Valley region and neighboring counties, such as, Westchester, Bergen, & Fairfield counties, however we are willing to go farther as long as the client agrees to cover additional travel expenses, such as, bridge tolls, parking, or lodging, in the case of a Destination Wedding.
I am working with a modest budget, and my family has offered to help plan my event...Can I afford an Event Planner?
That is all the more reason to hire one! We can help you save money in negotiating and hiring vendors, booking venues, and purchasing materials, based on our expertise in using them. Family offering to help is great, but an Event Planner serves as a neutral party, which helps to avoid rising tensions that can go into planning an event with family, such as a wedding. An Event Planner is an investment and gives the client(s) peace of mind, which is essentially priceless! After all, shouldn't your family be enjoying themselves at the party instead of worrying about the logistics of it? We always offer coupons and online specials, so keep an eye out!
I want to setup a courtesy consultation meeting with Mariage Blanc Designs...What are my next steps?
First of all.....Yasssss!!! We are so honored that you want us to be a part of your special celebration! Simply, go to the "Contact" page on the website, fill in the required fields, and send us a message. We will then send you a link to our Client Style & Service Questionnaire. Upon receipt of your answers to our questionnaire, we'll create your customized proposal within 3-5 business days. You'll have 72 hours to decide if you'd like to proceed with booking your package, and also have the option to schedule a 1-Hour Courtesy Consultation Meeting with Senior Event Designer & Planner, Stephanie Blanc. Please keep in mind when planning to hire us, that we book a minimum of 6 to 12 months in advance for weddings & 3 to 5 months in advance for various non-wedding affairs.