Frequently Asked Event Planning Questions

By hiring Perfectly Planned by Shari as your Event Planner, you will gain a professional planner who works as your advocate throughout the entire event planning processes. We assist with all of the details such as selection of vendors and accompany you to vendor appointments, designing custom printed materials like invitations, programs and menus, developing the design and décor plan and so much more. We work as a team with the venue coordinator once all of those decisions have been made with you to make sure that everything runs smoothly for the event. There is often venue staff turnover and having Shari as your Event Planner will provide you with consistency and continuity regardless of who is onsite at your venue.

Selecting the right vendors is very important, but the contracting of them is just the beginning. That is done in the initial planning stages and there can still be hundreds of planning hours that go into the specific details involving all of the vendors. We will work with the vendors to review their services, terms and what they are going to provide for your event as well as the coordination of their set up and tear down. Often times with each vendor, there are many more specific details that need to be coordinated and finalized which can result in many communications and meetings together.
The best time to hire Perfectly Planned is at the beginning when you are just starting the planning, although we can jump into the process with you at any stage. The advantage to starting together at the beginning stages of the planning is that we can take your vision and put together what that will look like and how to achieve that along the way.
All clients get one on one attention from Shari throughout the planning process. Our clients are very busy, which is why hiring us is so helpful. We understand that everyone has different daily responsibilities and work schedules and we are flexible to find time that works based upon your availability.
We create custom events. We strive for your event to be uniquely your own. You will be interviewed in great detail during the initial planning stages to ensure that your event is styled and personalized. We incorporate details that are important to you and focus on creating an outstanding guest experience.
We are happy to speak initially by phone to determine if we think there is potential for a good fit for planning your event. Following that, we offer an initial face to face or Zoom consultation at no cost to you. This is generally about one hour in length and gives us the opportunity to become better acquainted.
We have planned numerous events with clients who live outside of Pittsburgh. Whether you are planning a destination event here or elsewhere we work via phone, email, text and Zoom to communicate. We work around your schedule and block out time for when you make planning trips so that we can accomplish many tasks together in each visit.
Absolutely! Shari and her team have travelled to many different states to plan and provide onsite management and direction got luxury weddings and events.
We will be happy to answer any additional questions that you may have!