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Smile Often Events

1310 Mid Rivers Mall, Saint Peters, MO 63376
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  • Wedding Planning
  • Wedding Coordinator
  • event rentals
  • Bridal Attire
  • Stationary
  • Full service wedding coordinator
  • Event planner
  • Day of Wedding Coordinator

Business Description

Smile Often Events coordinates and organizes weddings for couples in St. Louis. It offers a selection of customizable packages that involve planning sessions with coordinators regarding bartending options, floral designs, and staffing. It also provides access to the Smile & Blush Boutique, which features various wedding necessities like bridal gowns and attire for bridesmaids. Smile Often Events' owner, Sheena Mancini, employs her background in graphic design, photography management, and culinary arts to cater to each couple's aesthetic and thematic visions.

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3.8 / 5 (22)

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Altar'd Events

11 S Newstead Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
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Business Description

Altar'd Events is an award-winning, full-service event planning and design firm dedicated to creating authentic celebrations for couples. It offers various packages, such as full wedding management that includes vendor coordination and day-of execution, rehearsal and ceremony direction, and floral design. Altar'd Events received The Knot’s Best of Weddings Pick for 2016 and 2015, and it is a 2016 recipient of WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (34)
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5.0 / 5 (1)

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Cosmopolitan Events

St. Louis, MO 63119
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Business Description

Cosmopolitan Events is an event planning firm in St. Louis that organizes weddings, corporate parties, non-profit fundraisers, and other celebrations. The firm's wedding services include planning the ceremony and other related activities, designing the venue, and carrying out month-of coordination tasks. The packages start at $2,500. Cosmopolitan Events also handles long-distance planning for brides who cannot be fully hands-on with the preparations.

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4.5
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4.5 / 5 (17)
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5.0 / 5 (1)

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Divine Events

Maryland Heights, MO 63043
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Business Description

Divine Events is a full-service event planning, design, and coordination company in Maryland Heights that serves clients in Greater St. Louis and the surrounding areas. The firm provides customizable wedding packages, and its services include budget creation and management, vendor tours, accommodation and transportation arrangements, and oversight of the wedding proper. The firm also handles post-wedding tasks like venue break-down and the return of rented items. Divine Events has a corporate division that takes care of galas and other events.

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5.0 / 5 (6)
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5.0 / 5 (1)
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Flourish Events & Concierge

Maplewood, MO 63143
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Business Description

Flourish Events & Concierge is a wedding and event planning services provider in St. Louis that opened in 2010. The company provides etiquette and protocol consulting, wedding coordination and on-site management, honeymoon planning assistance, and other related services. À la carte options are available, and packages start at $950. Flourish Events is The Knot Best of Weddings pick for 2016 and 2015, and it is a recipient of the 2015 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards.

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Kat Gaines Events

3509 Stone Mill Dr, Arnold, MO 63010
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Business Description

Kat Gaines Events is a wedding planning business based in Arnold, Missouri, that operates throughout the St. Louis metro area. Owner and lead coordinator Kat has been in the event industry for over nine years. She and her team coordinate weddings and other events, secure venues, and work with stationery and floral design specialists. The company also assists couples with creating, maintaining, and confirming seating charts and accurate wedding timelines.

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4.3
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4.3 / 5 (6)
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Kate Company

Kirkwood, MO 63122
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Business Description

Kate Company is a wedding and event design firm in Kirkwood that specializes in the design and implementation of engagement and wedding plans. The firm offers full or partial planning, design, and coordination services. Kate Company serves clients in Greater St. Louis and Northern Arkansas, but its team can be tapped to manage weddings in other parts of the world. Initial consultations are complimentary.

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5.0 / 5 (21)
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Katie Saeger Events

O Fallon, MO 63368
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Business Description

Katie Saeger Events, formerly Simply & Forever, is a boutique event design and planning firm in O'Fallon that oversees weddings within and outside of Greater St. Louis. The firm's services range from conceptualization to coordinating with vendors, and it offers free first consultations. A client attests to the firm's efficiency, saying that the Katie Saeger team “created an event so perfect that my husband and I were actually able to feel like guests at our own wedding!”

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Natalies Brides

2647 Dalton Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139
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Business Description

Natalies Brides, which was founded in 2015, provides wedding planning services to the greater St Louis area. The company offers packages that include pre-wedding planning meetings to choose the theme and style, review vendor services and contracts, and create a wedding budget. It also assists with booking accommodation for out-of-town guests and selecting wedding attire. Other services include the collection and delivery of wedding gifts and a detailed venue walk-through.

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4.7
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4.5 / 5 (182)
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4.5 / 5 (57)
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1.0 / 5 (1)

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Proposing Dreams

Maplewood, MO 63143
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Business Description

Proposing Dreams is an event planning firm in Maplewood that has 15 years of experience in designing and organizing weddings. The firm is a recipient of four WeddingWire Bride's Choice Awards, five The Knot Best of Weddings awards, and the 2011 St. Louis Wedding of the Year Award. Proposing Dreams is a favorite of professional vendors in Greater St. Louis, and it offers an array of wedding packages to suit the bride's requirements.

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4.5 / 5 (23)
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5.0 / 5 (4)
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Simcha's Events

St. Louis, MO 63141
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Business Description

Simcha's Events is a wedding planner in St. Louis that lives by the philosophy, “Be a guest at your own event.” The company's full-service package features step-by-step guidance through the planning and design process, and it also takes care of details like vendor coordination. Simcha's handles Bar/ Bat Mitzvahs as well.

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5.0 / 5 (3)
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5.0 / 5 (1)
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Style Couture Events

St. Charles, MO 63301
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Business Description

Style Couture Events is a wedding planner in St. Charles that received The Knot Best of Weddings recognition in 2015 and 2013. The company builds weddings around the personality and preferences of the couple and pays attention to every detail that will make the event unique and unforgettable. A client describes the team as having “worked with our styles like nobody else could. Both of us are musicians, so much of our ceremony and reception was very artistically based...”

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5.0 / 5 (12)
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5.0 / 5 (1)
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Weddings by Reneé

St. Charles, MO 63303
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Business Description

Weddings by Reneé is a wedding planner in St. Charles that organizes and styles weddings in the St. Charles, St. Louis, and Southern Illinois metros. The firm has experience in managing out-of-state destination weddings as well. Weddings by Reneé offers full or partial wedding management packages, and day-of coordination services. First consultations are free.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

A wedding planner can be a significant help on your special day. The happy couple and their closest loved ones should be able to enjoy their wedding day without worries. A wedding planner eases the burden off the couple, handles any problems that arise during the planning process and on the wedding day, and helps to put on a fantastic wedding.

How do you become a wedding planner?

There are courses and diplomas people can take to become a certified wedding planner; however, it’s not necessary. Regardless of if an individual gets a certification, the most essential step is to gain experience. Most wedding planners start by doing a few free weddings to build a portfolio. That portfolio can be used to promote the business and attract new clients.

How much does a wedding planner cost?

The national average cost of a wedding planner in 2019 was $1,500. However, it should be noted that this can vary dramatically. Average costs can vary from state to state. Additionally, factors such as the size of the wedding, the level of planning, the extravagance of the wedding, and the wedding planner’s experience can all change pricing.

Do wedding planners have specialties?

Yes, wedding planners can have specialties. For example, some wedding planners may specialize in destination weddings. Or wedding planners can specialize in the extent of wedding support they offer. A day-of-coordinator will only arrive on the day of the wedding and help during the day. In comparison, a complete wedding planner will help with the planning and execution of the wedding.

How do you know if you need a wedding planner?

Hiring a wedding planner is a personal choice. Ultimately, the wedding couple needs to decide if they have the budget for a planner and if they believe the investment to be worth it. For example, some people enjoy planning events, so they wouldn’t need a wedding planner. Conversely, planning stresses other people, so it might be a task they want to outsource.

Is there a certification to become a wedding planner?

The wedding planning certification industry is “largely unregulated.” This means that while you can get a wedding planner certification, it might not always be from a qualified source. One trusted source is the certification from the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners.  

A certification can be a great asset, but there are many qualified wedding planners who don’t have a certification.

How do you find a destination wedding planner?

Planning a destination wedding is very different from planning a local wedding. You’ll want to find someone who has experience organizing a destination wedding.

Many destinations offer an in-house wedding planner. However, if you need to find your own destination wedding planner, local Facebook wedding groups are an excellent place to ask for referrals.

Does your wedding planner need a degree?

No, your wedding planner doesn’t need a degree. A degree in event hospitality can undoubtedly give new wedding planners an advantage, but ultimately, this industry is all about experience. If you want to understand how qualified your wedding planner is, ask for client referrals or ask to see portfolio examples of previous work. 

Where can you buy a wedding planner book?

A wedding planner book is a DIY guide that takes couples through the wedding planning process. This book reminds couples of every little task they have to do and suggests the order in which the tasks should be done.

What should a wedding planner contract include?

A wedding contract should outline the terms of the working relationship. It should state what kind of work the wedding planner will do and clearly outline costs and deadlines. Many wedding planners will also put in restrictions or clauses to protect themselves. This could include what types of services they won’t do, the right to a meal at the wedding, and more.

What should a wedding planner portfolio include? 

Each wedding planner’s portfolio might be slightly different. In general, some of the common aspects of a portfolio are:

  • Photos and videos of past events (before and after)
  • Example timeline
  • Example wedding budget
  • Catalog of rental items
  • Any awards or certifications
  • Customer testimonials

How soon should you hire a wedding planner?

Wedding planners can quickly book up during the wedding season. We recommend hiring a wedding planner as soon as possible. A wedding planner should be one of the first bookings for your wedding as they can help you get discounts for future wedding items. They can also provide industry insights, such as the pros and cons of the venues you’re considering and vendor recommendations.

How much do you tip a wedding planner?

Tipping your wedding planner is a personal choice. Many wedding planners say it’s not necessary, and they would just prefer an online review. However, if you choose to tip our wedding planner, you can aim for 10-20% of their total fee. 

Do you invite the wedding planner to the rehearsal dinner?

Many people see a rehearsal dinner as an additional time to get together with their closest wedding attendees. And, while it is that, it’s also a time to rehearse. Therefore, your wedding planner should at least be a part of the rehearsal portion so they can make sure everyone is prepared for the big day. 

Does a wedding planner decorate?

This can vary from wedding planner to wedding planner. Some planners will decorate, but they’ll charge an extra fee for it. Other planners want to focus on running the event, so they’ll suggest you hire a decorator for the wedding instead. Ask your wedding planner if decorating is part of their services.

How many weddings will a wedding planner take on at the same time?

Most wedding planners work with small teams and will only do one wedding per day. Wedding planners that work with bigger teams may split their team up among multiple weddings in a day. If having your wedding planner there for you on the day is important to you, make sure to ask your wedding planner if they’ll be booking other events on the same day.

What is a wedding planner responsible for?

A wedding planner can be responsible for many things, such as:

  • Researching vendors
  • Obtaining quotes
  • Building out the wedding schedule
  • Paying vendors
  • Organizing everything on the day of the event
  • Sending out save the dates, invites, and thank you cards
  • Decorating
  • Dealing with issues
What your wedding planner does for you will depend on the type of services you pay for.

Do wedding planners need insurance?

Event planners should consider getting general liability insurance. This protects the wedding planner against claims of property damage or bodily injury. General liability insurance also covers the medical costs for any injured parties. You can ask your wedding planner if they have insurance.

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