8 Questions You Must Ask a Wedding Professional Before Booking Them

Hiring the right team is critical to planning your dream wedding…and it can also be quite stressful.

 How do you find the right match for you?  How do you know who to trust?  Where do you go for advice?

 First of all, this is not an easy task and it’s totally normal for couples to feel overwhelmed, frustrated or confused. 

It’s not like you plan a wedding every day!  This is all probably brand new to you, so be patient with yourself.

A few tips to finding the right ones for you…


  • Do Your Homework.  You’ll get much more out of a meeting or conversation with a wedding professional if you do a little background homework first. 


Spend some time on the internet or talking to friends who’ve recently been married.  Find out the average prices in your area and what services are available.  Get an idea of what you like and don’t like.  Wedding websites and chat rooms can be a great resource.  This way when you meet with a wedding professional you’ll be able to ask better questions and have an idea of what to look out for.

  • Meet With Them.  An in person meeting is the best way to interview a potential wedding vendor.  It lets you get the full experience of their personality, style and professionalism.  If that’s not possible, have a phone conversation.    


  • Ask Questions.  There are no stupid questions!  Make sure you get clear, specific answers to your questions. If you aren’t sure what something means, ask them to clarify. Keep asking questions until you completely understand.


If a wedding vendor has a problem with you asking questions, they probably aren’t the one for you.  The best wedding professionals are patient, understanding and take the time to help you make the best choices for your wedding.

  • Listen.  Don’t just hear the words they say, really listen.  Watch the vendor’s body language.  Are they confident and comfortable with their response?  Do they look and sound nervous?  Do you get a “funny feeling” about them?  Take all the sights, sounds and feelings into account along with their responses; if your gut tells you something isn’t right, it probably isn’t.
  • Check References.  Portfolios are hand-picked to show off the best work, but they may not represent the “average” wedding performance.  Videos are edited for the optimum presentation.  But real referrals from satisfied clients are hard to fake.


Call up both client and professional references.  Ask questions and use those listening skills.  Even if they give a rave review, you’ll often be able to “read between the lines” if there were any issues or problems.

Ask around and search the internet for reviews.  Check the Better Business Bureau for any outstanding complaints against the business.  Weigh all of this information into your choices.       

Here are 8 Must Ask Questions to ask ALL your potential wedding professionals before booking:

1      How many weddings do you do per year?  How much experience do you have?

This is an extremely important question.  Ideally, your wedding professional should have ample experience specifically with weddings.  Not only will they be more skilled in their craft, this also makes them a valuable source of information and ensures that your wedding day goes smoothly.

2. How much do you cost?Price is often relative, especially when you factor in experience, reputation and expert skill.  Generally, the most talented professionals have a higher price tag because they are worth it. 

3. How much is the deposit? 


4. What specifically is included in that cost?Because packages often vary, it’s likely that you won’t be able to compare one vendor exactly to the next without doing a little figuring.  The lowest cost isn’t necessarily the best deal; some higher quotes include services that you have to pay extra for in other packages.  Make sure you take this into account. 

5. What happens if I cancel?  What happens if you cancel?Find out if your deposit is refundable under any conditions.  Does the wedding professional have a back up plan if something happens to them?

6. Do you use a contract?If the answer is No, RUN!  A contract is designed to protect both you and the wedding professional.  Don’t settle for a verbal agreement that won’t hold up in court.

7. Are there any additional fees?Taxes, service charges and travel fees can add up quickly.  Make sure you understand exactly what is included and if there are any other fees you’ll have to pay.  This should be clearly defined in your contract.

8. Do you carry liability insurance?The answer you’re looking for here is Yes.  This protects you in case an unfortunate accident should occur on your wedding day.  It’s also a sign that this is a reputable business, since most “fly by night” operations don’t invest in insurance.

What amount should I set aside for my Floral Budget?

When the bride comes to a meeting with the creative team here at 27 Miracles they will realistically talk to you about what the budget for your event will cost.  Sure there are many do it your self brides out there and we at 27 Miracles understand budgets all too well.  Here is some tips on how your floral budget is determined.

Each bride is has her own ideas about what she would like to see the day of her wedding.  We try to create a one of a kind event that her guests will talk about for years to come.  The location of the event makes a big difference as we have to be able to determine what the venue will allow or not allow, How many centerpieces will be needed based on the guest count.  One thing that is overlooked by the bride, is whether or not the flowers are in season and if that color is in season.

The overall floral budget is 15%of the wedding .

Just contact 27 Miracles at 407-905-5454, we will be able to answer all your questions.

An Informal Table Set up/Let’s go to Morocco

As a newlywed or newly engaged couple, you are bound to have some entertaining to do.  We have many brides and brides- to- be ask me how to set up a formal dining table and an informal dining table.  They get so nervous when their moms or their mother in law is coming over.  Relax ladies and gents too, because first of all gone is the old style that the woman is the only one in the kitchen.  If you think that, you shall have to check out the Newlywed Guru, she offers couples cooking classes.  This gives couples the opportunity to bond and do some cooking together in the kitchen, that may lead to some cooking elsewhere! I will leave that to your own imagination 🙂

But getting back to the table.  Setting an informal table for 2 or 4 or 6 or however many you want to entertain is simple.  First of all, remember it is your dinner event.  have fun with it.  It does not have to be so formal that  you do not enjoy the guests and the meal.  Most recently the Newlywed Guru invited me to be on her show and help her talk a little bit about the setting up of an informal dinner table.  She decided that she loved the Moroccan culture and decided that she would set up a table using their typical style.  It was fun, creative and full of color.

Watch the video below, this will give you some tips on setting up an informal table.  Also check out the Newlywed Guru’s website you will find information on here on finances, going from single to couple to getting married and so much more…..there are new updates coming all the time… Here is the site….http://www.thenewlywedguru.com/

For the video click here:

And if you want to shop for some beautiful trendy Moroccan pieces to add to your home, visit this shop :

Enjoy your dinner.  Great one for Valentine’s Day if you want something exotic and fun with lots of reds and oranges for your decor.

Funny Thing Happened at Sharon and Mike’s E-Session

We at 27 Miracles Wedding Consulting and Event Planning and Decor, work with many photographers that will suit a couples needs.  Most recently Bruce Johnson of  KBJ Photography , http://kbjphotography.com/index2.php  was photographing one of our couples Sharon and Mike. 
Sharon is the cousin of one of my former clients and chose to work with 27 Miracles after seeing her cousin Michelle’s succesful wedding.  Sharon and Mike are both talented musicians at their church.  Sharon is in the worship ministry and sings.  Mike is the drum player for the church.  We often teased them about playing and singing at the wedding, but this is a day for them to relax and let someone else take care of the singing and playing.
Now when Bruce of KBJ emailed me after the photo shoot letting me know that the engagement session went well, I said okay, that is great.  But as I read further, I could not help but laugh at what I was about to read in the next few lines.  It was like a story in the movies right in the quaint little town of Celebration Florida where Mike and Sharon were originally engaged.  Read Bruce’s story about Sharon and Mike’s engagement session….
“The engagement shoot went great.  But,  something funny/weird happened though.  As we were shooting a little to the east of the fountain, a lady had her poodle off its leash on the sidewalk.  For some reason the poodle went down by the water and I didn’t pay much attention thinking it was just going to get a drink.  All of a sudden, the poodle jumps in and started trying to swim.  Poodles have little feet and legs and are not made for swimming.  The lady went crazy for her special dog.  I thought the dog was going to start swimming its way back and for some reason, it started swimming out deeper and started gasping for air and bobbing under every now and then. 
 The dog is now about 20 feet from shore.  By now the woman is freaking out and is getting ready to go in for her special friend.  I quickly handed my camera, phone, battery pack to Mike and Sharon and I went in after the dog.  I waded in up to my belly button deep wearing dress blue jeans, new white tennis shoes and a Tommy Bahama shirt. I made my way out deep enough and reached out and grabbed the dog because I had seen a 2-3 foot gator down by the fountain a few minutes earlier.  I grabbed the dog just as it was going under and then made my way back to shore.  I handed the dog to the lady and she was very appreciative and kept saying I was a hero. 
As I walked back up the shore to the sidewalk dripping wet, Mike and Sharon said they did not know that this was part of the shoot.  I smiled and said, neither did I.  As I stood there dripping wet, I then realized my wallet was still in my back pocket as well as my car keys with the remote.  I just smiled and told Mike and Sharon, lets keep going.  We continued with the photo shoot and had a great time.  By the time we made our way around the lake, I had finished dripping and had started to dry out.
That was the most interesting photo shoot I have ever had.   “
The funny thing is that Bruce is a firefighter/Paramedic for the Osceola Fire dept and I am sure that in his years of service he has rescued a dog or cat or two.  So rest assured on the day of the wedding, although we at 27 Miracles carry our “wedding emergency kit” Bruce has his own “wedding emergency kit” with him.  There will be no passing out of anyone or the smelling salts come out!!!!

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Frequently Asked Question and Answers

27 Miracles Wedding Consulting and Event planning receives many questions about various topics.  We want to be able to help each bride, groom or parents of the couple with answers to those questions that we receive.  If you do not find the answers to the questions that you have, feel free to contact us through our email address, info@27miraclesbyrosie.com and we will get a response to you quickly.

What is the difference between the wedding planner, the wedding design team and the day of planner?

AT 27 Miracles we have different levels of service. We offer Wedding planning, Wedding and Event Design, as well as, Wedding Day Directing, or what is commonly known as “Day of Coordination.”  The Wedding Planner plans every aspect of the wedding with the bride and groom: from appointments to budgets and everything about working with different vendors to help meet each client’s particular needs.  The Wedding and Event Designer, takes the entire wedding of your dreams and designs it, from start to finish.  This includes services such as floral design, color scheme, linens, lighting, entertainment, and the finer details that may be overlooked during the initial planning stages.  The Wedding Day Director or “Day of Planner” is typically known, as the person that will spend at least 25-30 hours prior to the wedding day for an experienced planner. The day of the wedding the Wedding Director will coordinate an additional 10-15 hours on-site the day of the wedding.  The Wedding Day Director arrives to the venue early, to ensure that the client’s vision is being carried out as the client requested.  This allows the bride and groom, as well as the family and friends of the couple, to be relaxed and be a guest at their own wedding.  The Wedding Day Director is also experienced in time management and organizing an itinerary which contains the ingredients to a smooth-flowing event.    

Now I have called around and there are other planners that charge less than you, why do you charge what you charge?

We always refer to that old saying” you get what you pay for!” The same holds true for wedding and event planning.  When you go to an outlet store or a store that sells designer mock ups or last season’s name brand clothes/handbags etc….you have to rummage through stacks and stacks of clothes, undergarments, shoes etc, to find something that’s in your size, your color (if lucky on the color) and without any damage to it such as a stain, or string pulled or the slightest imperfection, you feel like you are getting a bargain.  But the reality is that you spent several hours rummaging for something that when you get home, may or may not be to your satisfaction, but it’s too late, you purchased it and it may not be an item that can be returned or that can be exchanged because the  racks may or may not have another one like it.  All I can say is you’re getting what you paid for.

Now, on your Wedding Day, you’re dealing with a completely different scenario.  At 27 Miracles, the wedding and event staff that manage, coordinate, plan, execute and design your special day are trained professionals that work in the industry of wedding and event planning.  They do not pay money to a company to obtain a certificate that say “Wedding Planner” and have business cards made out that say wedding planner.  Let’s face it; some people do become overnight wedding planners after getting married themselves, but does that make them an expert on planning another’s wedding?

All the staff of 27 Miracles that plan and coordinate weddings are members of the Association of Bridal Consultants. Consequently, our planners are required to maintain their ABC membership through the Continuing Education offered by the Association.  27 Miracles Staff also keep their Wedding Planning skills and Knowledge base up on the latest trends to ensure our Brides are up to date with the latest bridal styles, fashions and wedding décor.  

27 Miracles has strived to offer our services at a reasonable and affordable rate.  Our team of professionals is aware that other services may offer to perform the same service at a minimal cost.  However, wedding professionals should be more concerned with the bride and groom being a good fit with their company versus providing our excellent servies to  every single bride that calls and spending less and less time to plan their wedding correctly.  We hear a lot of brides who have paid for planners.  Unfortunately, this may lead to costly errors, that often-times could have been prevented if the bride chose to hire a professional at the early stages.  

What   if the reception venue has a wedding coordinator.   Do I still need to hire a wedding planner?

If your venue offers the services of an in-house coordinator for your day and you are trying to decide if you need an outside wedding planner, there is a difference between the two.  Listed below are some of the things that a wedding planner can help with that a venue in-house coordinator cannot help with:

  • Attending vendor meetings with you and asking the right questions
  • Reviewing all your vendor contracts for errors or potential problems
  • Helping you combine all the ideas that you have to create the wedding of your dreams
  • Creating extensive time lines for you
  • Staying in touch with your vendors and making final confirmations
  • Having back-up reputable vendors to contact in case of a problem
  • Assisting you with invitations and stationary etiquette
  • Providing you with custom planning resources
  • And more…

There are many venue in-house coordinators who do a great job managing the venue. However, it is not their job to assist you with all the details that go along with planning your wedding. If in doubt, just ask the in-house coordinator what services they will be providing for you.

“What if my Family and friends have offered to help on the wedding day, do I still need a wedding planner?”

A Professional Planner will provide you with the highest quality of service that you deserve. Even though family members have good intentions, they do not have the experience of a Wedding Professional.  Besides the fact that your family and friends deserve to enjoy the day as much as you do and not spend it working.  A wedding professional will not be delayed by family and friends nor distracted from their task, having not seen so and so in a very long time, they want to talk and catch up.   Your wedding planner is there to focus on the tasks and efficiently keep your Wedding Day running smoothly and on the right track. 

Realistically speaking, “What can go wrong at a wedding?”

Most recently I encountered a wedding and the bride walked down the aisle without her bouquet.  No one thought of it until they looked at the pictures later on.  Although the bride was beautiful on her own, and maybe she did not need the bouquet to enhance her beauty.  But imagine, that moment when she selects to showcase her bouquet for all to see, she does not have it with her.  This bride did not have a Wedding professional directing her event.

As extreme as this example is, you don’t want to be embarrassed by any missing elements on your Wedding Day.  A Wedding Director ensures every detail is orchestrated according to its original intent and design.   

What if I can’t afford to hire a wedding planner?

I think Julie Hinton, A Wedding Designer and Coordinator with Forevermore Events answered this question beautifully and all the credit to her for this statement she made:

One thing still rings true: whether you are trying to conserve or splurge, there is a long list of to-dos before you can say, “I do.” These lists can sometimes feel endless and take away from the excitement during your engagement. This is where a wedding planner eases the pressure. 

 Is a wedding planner right for you, your budget and your overall event? 

Do not hire a wedding planner if you want to spend more money. You heard me right, you can save money with a wedding planner. In the past, planners have been perceived for only indulgent couples with money to spare. This is not the case these days.

Wedding planners are becoming affordable and can even get you discounts and special rates by consulting through them. Wedding professionals build up relationships with each other and will sometimes give benefits for referring them.

On multiple occasions I have seen free services thrown in by a vendor or a price even deducted in half because they went through a wedding planner.

Planners can also help you get more bang for your buck. They know how to cut back on certain expenses to make your event look like a splurge even though you might be on a tight budget.

Another reason you would not hire a wedding planner is if you can be in two places at once. Brides have a large roll. That is, of course, being the bride.

On a wedding day it is not uncommon to have a 16-hour work day, a mop in one hand and an iron in the other.

The last thing a bride needs to do is to be steaming linen or polishing silverware before she is about to walk down the middle aisle.

Finally, don’t hire a wedding planner if you already spend eight or more hours a day reading, writing, researching and dreaming about weddings.

Wedding planners are professionals that obsess over weddings, daydream about wedding and are always scheming new trends for weddings. They are full-time wedding guru’s that have been doing this for years, not just for a few months of engagement.

By tapping into their skills and involving them from the beginning of your initial planning, you will be amazed at the creations that will come to surface giving you the wedding you did not even know was in your reach without breaking the bank.”

Julie Hinton is a wedding designer and coordinator with Forevermore Events.

Why do you have three or more people at each wedding?

We at 27 Miracles always work with a team of planners, assistants and event designers.  A team approach helps to ensure that your wedding and event is running flawlessly.  If I am attending to the bride while she is getting ready, what is happening at the ceremony site?  What is happening at the reception site?  How can you be at the same place at the same time to prevent an error from occurring if one were to occur?  At 27 Miracles our clients will work with their main planner but throughout the planning process the bride and groom will get a chance to meet different planners and assistants so that on the wedding day they will be familiar with a few of them that may be at their wedding assisting.

 Our assistants at 27 Miracles are wedding planners that have and continue to receive training to educate ourselves on the latest wedding trends and etiquette.  We are also each other’s back up should something ever happen to the head planner. 

Does 27 Miracles book and find all the vendors?

27 Miracles works with multiple vendors.  The vendors selected to work with 27 Miracles are each educated in their profession.  They have extensive industry experience and good customer service skills needed to work on a team alongside the team of 27 Miracles.  At times we schedule the vendor appointments for the clients when we are providing a full level of service.  At other times we have clients who strictly want the referrals to vendors because they will be managing their own wedding up to the day of the wedding, when we step in.  Either way the bride is choosing qualified vendors.


What is the process once I sign up with 27 Miracles?


The process is actually quite simple, once the client signs a contract with 27 Miracles, our planners will step in and address whatever issue the bride wants to address first.   But a typical starting process would be to review first and foremost the budget, the timeline of milestones that need to occur to plan the wedding efficiently with the client.  From that point on, the client and the planner from 27 Miracles will start working on the wedding.

Does 27 Miracles manage my budget?

27 Miracles will work with the bride’s budget.  We are realistic about what is available to spend and what is not.  We will not proceed to plan a wedding if the budget is not realistic.  It is very important that both the bride and groom are present during the initial consultation because at this meeting, we want to discuss the budget that the client has in mind and determine if the budget is realistic, prior to signing on with our company.  We never want to fill a client’s eyes with an unrealistic fantasy wedding.  Instead we want something that will fit the bride and groom’s budget and help create that unforgettable day, your wedding!!

How much time do I need to hire a wedding planner?


As soon as the bride is engaged, that is the perfect time to contact a wedding planner to start working on the wedding.  By obtaining the services of a wedding planner early on, before any other contracts are signed, it will allow the best planned out wedding because the vendors will be available, they will be able to negotiate prices that will fit the client’s budget.  We have contracted with several busy couples who have given us less than 6 months to plan their Wedding.  However, we would prefer to have more time to negotiate and help the bride select vendors that she has time to preview. In any event, 27 Miracles has planned a Full Service Wedding in as little as 8 weeks. 


There are many website and TV shows about wedding planning, why should I hire a wedding planner with all the self help books and websites out there?

The self help books, magazines and TV show are not specific to your individual needs and they only give generalities on how to do something.  What it does no tell you is, for example, if you happen to use an IPOD for your  wedding music that someone runs the music, not an experienced DJ , and the IPOD is not compatible with the venue’s professional equipment, “What do you do then?”  If you make the invitations yourself through your printer and they are not centered properly or you start to run out of ink and the print gets lighter and lighter before you realized what’s happening, you already have 100 invitations, what do you do? These are just some examples of what happens to well-intentioned brides and families. 

Wedding are boring to me, but I want to please my family. Can you make my wedding different?

These are our favorite types of weddings, the ones that do not have a traditional theme, because we can spend time with the bride and groom getting to know them and assessing their uniqueness and feelings on things and getting the vision for their special day.

What if I am getting married out of state or out of the country? Do you come with me?

 That would be strictly up to the client.  We travel with the client at times and the client would provide the planner and their assistant travel fees or we can plan the wedding and event from here through a destination resort that handles weddings all the time and leave you in their hands once you leave the country to get married there. Since we are travel agents we have access to many locations and cruises to be able to do the destination wedding of your dreams.

What happens at the free consultation?

Our free consultation will be an opportunity for the bride and groom to come in and share their dream wedding and budget that that they have in mind so that we can determine, at that time, if it is a good idea, for the client to move forward with planning the event. We listen to your ideas, then we share a little bit about us and if the client and 27 Miracles is a good fit for each other, then the client signs on with 27 Miracles to start working. 

How do we get to be a spotlight wedding on your website or blog or magazine?

All our couples sign a photo and video release form to be able to appear in advertising and may from time to time be placed on our website or a magazine.  It is based on the type of wedding that the bride and groom had.  Sometimes magazines are looking for something specific such as a Winter Wonderland Wedding or a Country Western Wedding etc…This is what plays a role in appearing on a website, video or magazine.

Valentine’s Day is Feb 14th/Guys Are you Ready?

Valentine’s Day is known all over the world as one of the most romantic holidays of the year.  Every year you see guys and girls alike trying to come up with creative gifts for their special someone to make them feel special on this wonderful holiday.  Some of the greatest Valentine gifts of all time is always, chocolate, flowers, dinner, and a girls favorite jewelry.  One of the things we in the wedding industry see a lot of is the Valentine’s Day Proposal.  Many times guys want to be creative and surprise their significant other.  We here at 27 Miracles have many proposal ideas to surprise that significant other, we can even arrange to have the moment captured on video or photo.  Just give 27 Miracles  a call today, to schedule your consultation for a Valentine’s Day Proposal to fit your  style and budget!

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Photos Courtesy of KBJ Photography  http://kbjphotography.com/index2.php