by Lori Capullo
Updated 5 yearss ago
Kimberly Bartoli, 43
Owner, Elegant Beginnings, Panama City
[Photo: Sue Senkle]
Top Offering: "Our ‘Lavish Soiree' package requires a $20,000 minimum budget, but we have a variety of other packages and pricing." The "Full Planning Package" is the whole ball of tulle, from finding locations and vendors to helping the betrothed with budgets and other details.
Craziest Request: "We had a bride call us with her ‘day-of concerns': She asked us to make sure none of her 100 guests were chewing gum and that the groom didn't step on her toes during the first dance. Let's just say we did what we could."
Take a Vow: "A good planner will not only help you with costs, family dynamics and finding the perfect vendor, she becomes your friend and is there for the bride in many ways that can't be described."
Price Range: $1,450 for a day package; the "Lavish Soiree" starts at $3,000, but the bride must have a budget of $20,000 or more.
Aime Dunstan, 28
President, It! Weddings & Events, Palm Beach
[Photo: LILA PHOTO]
Planning packages begin at $3,500 and range from "Celebration" ("a helping hand on an hourly basis," Dunstan says), which has a 35-hour minimum, to "Gala" ("We pretty much become your slaves with a smile — no limits"). Her keys to wedding planning success? "Flexibility, and tailoring our agreements to meet the specific needs of each client."
Expense Report: "I'm currently reviewing proposals for an upcoming wedding at Mar-a-Lago that range from $90,000 to $150,000 — this is for flowers, table linens, candelabra and minimal lighting. That doesn't include food and beverage, music, invitations and the gown. But for Palm Beach, this is not the whole nine yards — maybe just seven or eight."
Kid Gloves: The company keeps a nanny "on speed dial" in case a guest didn't get the memo that children aren't invited.
Must Be the Heat: "On any given weekend in Palm Beach, there are probably 10 weddings going on. I think Florida is second only to Texas in the number of weddings held each year."
Price Range: $3,500 and up
Jennifer Schwartz, 27, Andi Dyal, 28
Co-owners, Anje Soirees, Miami
[Photo: Alain Martinez]
Seasons Change: Anje averages two events per month, with more during season and fewer during the summer.
Book 'Em: "Our price is the same whether it's for a $50,000 wedding or a $500,000 wedding."
Shifting Gears: "We had a 100-person wedding at a private home and the valet company didn't show up. So we made valet tickets out of paper and the caterer, who had a staff member that once worked for a valet company, greeted the guests, gave them their tickets and had that member of the catering team park their cars in the designated area. The guests never knew it was going on and in fact praised the efficiency of the valet company."
Price Range: $2,500 to $15,000