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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!

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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.

Weddings are exciting! You get to plan an amazing celebration for all of your family and friends! It can be so easy to get caught up in all of the details, and making sure everything is going to turn out just perfectly. So remember this…

Your wedding is just the beginning…

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Andrea's Impressions Photography

It’s great that you get to have a party to celebrate your new marriage together, but don’t forget, it’s just a celebration. Remember why you chose to get married in the first place. The answer should never be “for the party”.

Remember that you are getting married because you found the person you want to spend your life with. You know that without that person, your life wouldn’t be the same. You want someone to grow and share every moment with.

So while planning your wedding,

  • Don’t lose site of what matters (eachother).
  • Don’t go into complete debt because of a party.
  • At a certain point, stop worrying about the details.
  • Know that however the wedding turns out, the only thing that matters is that you’re now married to your best friend.

This past weekend, one of my amazing grooms surprised his new wife with her favourite thing, fireworks! They had a tented wedding out at the grooms moms house in Smithville. It was perfectly planned so the bride would not know until the moment it was happening. At 10 O’Clock we stopped dancing and announced to all of the guests that there was a surprise for Ashley so if everyone could follow Paul to the back of the house, they would soon find out what it was. Not going to lie, the bride was a tad upset, she thought he was ruining the flow of the night by interrupting the dance floor, little did she know, he had planned the perfect way to kick it off when everyone got back!

If you’re thinking about having fireworks at your wedding here are some things to consider:

  • Your venue. If you’re having a tented wedding on a private residence, it’s probably no problem to do this. Just make sure to follow the bi-laws and light them before any sound curfew. You may want to also let your neighbours know, just in case. If you’re getting married at a venue with a lot of field space around, check with them to see if this is possible, and figure out the logistics before hand.
  • Hire a company who specializes in this. Not only will they have insurance to cover anything going wrong (they are explosives after all) but they will be able to perfectly space out and plan the sequence of different varieties. Please do not buy your own fireworks and assign a buddy to handle them. Not only do alcohol and fire not mix, but the show just won’t be as amazing as it could be!
  • Time it perfectly. Obviously you want to light your fireworks once it gets dark out…. but you also don’t want to hurt the flow of the night by upsetting the dance floor. Make sure you plan the fireworks for before the dance floor gets too crazy. With us, the flow was perfect. By the time we were done dinner and speeches, we did the father/daughter and mother/son dances, and then the DJ did an “oldies” set for the older people who wanted to get some dancing in. After that set, we brought everyone outside, where they were wowed by the show. Upon returning to the tent, the DJ went into current, high energy music to get everyone right back on the dance floor.
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