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  • Hi! I’m Meagan.

    A little about me in a nutshell...I love pretty things. DIY.Starbucks. true love. vintage everything. anything sparkly. amazing shoes. Kate Spade & being creative!

    I'm a certified wedding planner and destination wedding planner available to work world-wide. Come to Niagara, or I'll come to your hometown or wedding destination of choice!

    I'd be so thrilled if you contacted me to chat about your wedding! You can do that here!

  • More about Meagan

 

With sites like Rent the Runway, you can rent a dress for any occasion, even a wedding!

How it works:

1. FIND IT: Search our collection of dresses and accessories for your rental date (we recommend 1–2 days before your event), then filter by designer, price, length — even style — to narrow down your favorites.

2. BOOK IT: Once you’ve selected your items, book for a 4-day or 8-day rental period. We also offer all the essential extras like Spanx and Fashion Tape.

3. WEAR IT: Your order will arrive by 8PM on your delivery date via UPS (or by courier in NYC). Time to slip it on and shine!

4: RETURN IT: After your night out, send back your items in the easy pre-paid envelope provided — we’ll take care of the dry cleaning. Don’t forget to upload a photo and review to Our Runway.

Perks:

A FREE SECOND SIZE

We offer one with every rental. Plus, order an additional style of equal or lesser value for just $32.50.

STYLIST ADVICE

Our experienced Stylist are on call and here to help! Reach them via phone, chat or email and ask them anything.

NO REGRETS POLICY

We’re sure your dress will fit but if it doesn’t, we’ll make it right. We will never leave you without something fabulous to wear

While I love the idea of being able to rent high end brands at a super reasonable cost when going out for a special night or even as a guest at a wedding, I’m not sure how confident I would be in renting an actual bridal gown.
Pros:
  • Save thousands of dollars on a dress. A rental will cost you anywhere from $75-$150 dollars, add the extra size for the addtional $32.50 and you’re still looking at less than $200.
  • You get 3 sizes so you don’t have to worry if you should get the bigger or smaller size.
  • You don’t have to worry about having your dress dry cleaned, just send it back and they take care of it. 
  • You don’t have to find space in your closet to hang a dress you’ll likely never wear again.

Cons:

  • If something does happen with your order and you end up not having a dress, you don’t have an extra wedding dress lying around that you can just wear instead. 
  • Bridal gowns are fitted to each bride. If you rent a dress there is no guarantee that it will hug the right places and you can’t go get it altered. 
  • Some brides like the idea of keeping their dress around, but a rented dress isn’t yours to keep. 
  • It’s not really “your” wedding dress. Someone else has worn it before you. For the superstitious bride, this could be an issue. 

Personally, I think I could definitely rent a dress. Although I love the idea of hanging my future wedding dress in my office; how practical is that? If you too would consider renting your bridal gown, here are my suggestions:

  1. Definitely take advantage of the additional size option so you have 3 to choose from. 
  2. Consider renting the dress way ahead of time, so you can try it on, see how it fits and see how it looks on you/in person. Even if you do this, you’re still saving hundreds to thousands! 
  3. Think about the style of wedding you are having. Many of the dresses on this site are tea or cocktail length and therefore more casual. There are a few more elaborate dresses but they aren’t beaded wedding dresses. 

I’d love to see Rent the Runway create a more diverse bridal section with actual bridal gowns- what do you think? Would you rent your wedding dress? What do you think about the current selection? Would you be more prone to rent if there were more actual bridal gowns? 

I myself would love to wear a non-traditional dress like this…although I would rather own it if I did:)

…but everyone can agree on one thing: tans fade, highlights go dark and we all get sick of sand in our shoes. But the end of summer is the beginning of a new season. So we find ourselves looking to the future. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. XOXO Gossip Girl.

Firstly, yes I quoted gossip girl above.  Secondly, she’s right isn’t she?

weddings in niagaraThe end of summer is the beginning of a new season, and with every new season comes change. We change our hair, we change our clothes, but most importantly we change our attitude. Summer is the season of laziness. Even when we have a ton of work to do, all we really want to do is lay in the sun and lounge around. Much like students, a wedding planner has a whole new workload each fall. As our current season is winding down, our next season of clients comes in full force. And I’m ready for it. 

It’s no secret that I’ve been slacking in the blogging world lately. I hate to admit it, but  client work and weddings got the best of me. With that it was easy to create a list of personal/business goals for October.

  • Get back into my blogging groove. I can’t tell you how many people have told me they love how often I blog and how consistent I was with it. I feel like I have let them down. Well no more… this post today is the start of many consistent posts to come!
  • Submit, submit, submit! I worked on so many gorgeous weddings this year and I just need to show them off!
  • Finish my new office loft. This has to be done this month! We’re just about done with the insulation, so once we get the drywall up it should progress quickly and hopefully smoothly!
  • Create a better system for client organization. I have binders and an online software but I need boards and files and more!
  • Make sure to get in 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week. I often slack on the cardio at the gym but I want to make a conscious effort to stay a little longer to do this.

Do you have any goals for October, do we share any of the same goals? Business or personal, I’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment below to discuss!

Photo by JFHannigan Photography

Gosh, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted! We’ve had a busy season with only 3 weddings left to go and we can finally start to show you what we have been up to!

In June we worked with some amazing Niagara wedding vendors on a private residence out in Smithville. It was Ashley and Paul’s dream to have their wedding at Paul’s moms house where he grew up. Tented weddings are never simple, but the property was so stunning I could see why they chose it as their location. Ashley and Paul wanted a fun night “under the stars”. A simple palette of plum and silver complete with the glow of candle light filled the tent along with Ashley and Paul’s friends and family.

I loved working with this couple. Ashley had a lot of small details in mind, but was so laid back to work with!  Paul even sent along this message after the wedding.

Hi Meagan,

I’ve been meaning to write you since our wedding and am sad to say I never made the time.  Well this morning I decided to take a few seconds to express my thanks for the work you did leading up to our wedding and on our wedding day.  You may have been able to tell but I was a little skeptical leading up to the wedding but after reflecting on all the planning there is no way we could have done this without your help and patience.  People still talk about how seamless everything appeared to be and when they do I always place the credit solely on your shoulders and your ability to work with my wife:)

Having said that, I have passed out your information to a few friends who are getting married within the next year and one of them as recently as today.  I hope she calls you and at least hears what you have to say, I sold you as much as I could but it may only be enough to get you in front of her.

Hope you’re doing well and spreading more happiness to upcoming weddings:)

Paul

With no further ado, here are some of the incredible photos taken by JF Hannigan Photography

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Flowers by Lush Florals and Events

Linen and Head Table Design by Gala Decor

website pricing

Ah, the controversial decision of whether or not to list your prices on your website…

As you can see on my website, I do choose to list my starting prices, and for me that works. It may or may not work for you, but this is why I believe you should list your prices.

  1. I am one of those people who wants to be able to find a rough idea of pricing when I’m doing research. I don’t want to have to contact a vendor I might not even be interested in, or waste their time if their pricing is way higher than I’m willing to spend. I want my clients to be able to look on my website, and get a rough idea of what it will cost them to work with me/ hire a wedding planner.
  2. I usually only get serious inquiries. Most people check out my services page and know my starting price. If they are willing to pay it, or are at least interested in me enough to  contact me from there, they aren’t absolutely shocked by my pricing.
  3. I want to work with clients who know without a doubt that they want to work with me. I don’t want to have to feel the need to sell my work. It should speak for itself.

I’d love to know your thoughts… do you offer pricing information on your website? Have you tried both options? Which option works for you? Comment below and let’s start a discussion!

  • July 4, 2014 - 10:30 am

    Christine March - Meaghan, this is something I’ve wrestled with, as I think many planners have. I’ve opted to NOT post prices on my site for a couple of reasons:

    1) Every wedding is different and each couple’s needs are different. I like to meet the couple first and then I create a customized quote.

    2) I don’t want couples to be scared off by pricing. The initial meeting is my opportunity to explain in greater detail what my services will be and their value to the bride and groom.

    Having said that I have considered posting starting prices. As you say, at the least you know you’re getting serious enquiries.ReplyCancel

    • July 7, 2014 - 9:02 am

      Meagles13 - Thanks for your input Christine!

      Everyone should do what they feel comfortable with. Even though each quote is customized, having a starting or average price point on your site gives the couple an idea of what they will be looking to spend. You can talk about your services all you want to each couple, but more likely than not if it’s not in the budget, it’s just not in the budget.

      I do understand wanting to have the opportunity to explain in great detail what it is that we do as planners, but also feel that I would rather spend that time explaining what I do to serious couples who know they can swing the cost of a planner and are looking to find out the benefits of hiring one.

      Let us know if you ever decide to try listing your prices and how it turns out for you!ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2014 - 1:26 pm

    Alicia Partner - Meaghan,

    I completely agree with you. I fought with myself on whether or not I should post my pricing or not. I started with not doing it because thought it may have been tacky, but then realized I am the type of person who when doing research likes to know the pricing before I waste anyone else’s time. At the same time I agree with the other side of the argument as well, you don’t want to scare anyone off by pricing. But in the end all that matters is what is comfortable for you and that it works for your business!ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2014 - 10:57 am

    Alisha - As someone who is still working this part of my business out, I really appreciate seeing the flip side of the price/no price argument. Thank you for writing this thought-provoking piece!ReplyCancel

It never really feels like summer until we hit July, and well that’s finally here! Wedding season is in full swing for us now with a wedding for either planning or makeup every weekend! In the mix of a crazy work period, I have mostly personal goals for this month.

For the month of June, I made these goals:

  • Drink more water ’nuff said. I’m half and half with this.. I tend to drink a lot of water at night, but not throughout the day.
  • Get back into my blogging groove, even if I’m busy with client tasks, I need to make time for blogging! I’ve slacked on this at the beginning of June, but was able to get back into the swing of things as the month went on. 
  • Get a better handle on my social media as I’ve been neglecting that too I actually decided to take a break from social media towards to the end of the month. I was needing some clarity and getting rid of that noise helped me to focus on what is important. 
  • Work out a better time management schedule. I’m still working on finding the perfect balance, but it’s a work in progress!

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That brings me to my goals for this July!

  • I want to focus on my clients who chose me to help them plan such an important day with them.
  • Keep a good balance of doing the things I want to do for myself, as well as keeping up with blogging and client tasks.
  • Nailing down my time management schedule.
  • Get rid of the noise and stay focused on what’s important.
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