1. Introduction: What's your story?
Hello I am Celia Yu, chief planner, and lead designer with Certifications from Lovegevity's Wedding Planning Institute and The Institute of Wedding & Event Design. I fell in love with planning and designing weddings over 10 years ago when I was a maid of honor at my sister's wedding. With my background as an office manager, it's inevitable that I was assigned to take over the vendor meetings, wedding design, and wedding day logistics. I found so much joy throughout the whole planning process and decided to pursue my passion. I founded Big Day Service to provide full-service wedding planning, design, floral, and production services.
2. What's your experience as a wedding planner? How many weddings have you planned?
A unique aspect of my service is that I offer a wealth of knowledge to Asian weddings that reaches well beyond coordinating a wedding or just handling the logistics of the wedding day. My Chinese heritage also gives me special insights on the familial expectations, cultural requirements, and how to act as the go-between parents and the couple when required. I've planned over 200 weddings in the 10 years of my wedding planning career.
3. What sorts of services do you offer (month-of coordination, full-service planning, or à la carte planning)?
Big Day Service is a full-service wedding planning, design, floral and production company.
4. How do payments work (a percentage of the wedding budget, a flat fee etc.)? What are the different packages that you offer and which one is your most popular package?
We offer month-of, partial planning and full planning packages. Each package price is a flat fee and clients find it more comfortable knowing what they will be charged at the beginning when they book us. Our most popular package is the full planning package where our clients put so much trust in our design vision and logistics handling experience.
5. Who else is in your team and how many people on your staff will be at the wedding?
We have 2 day-of coordinators and 1 lead planner in our planner team. 5-6 staff from the decoration team will be present at the wedding to make sure design concepts are executed per clients' vision.
6. What happens if you're sick or otherwise unable to be there on the day of the wedding?
We always work in pairs so if I am unable to be at the wedding, the other coordinator will take over the wedding without any problem because she's included in all of the conversations.
7. How many meetings will you have with the couple and how will they be involved?
Initial consultation meeting, budgeting meeting, design meeting, logistic meeting, and rehearsal. For full planning clients, we will present vendor choices within their budget and fit their style so they are involved in the vendor selection process. And we will take over production once we meet with the clients for the design concept and clients are ready to sit back and relax for their big day.
8. Will you handle the invitations, from wording and ordering to the addressing and mailing? What about guest list coordination and RSVPs?
We will handle invitations etiquettes, mailing, rsvps and guest list design.
9. Do you handle rentals? Will you coordinate delivery, arrival and set up times with the photographer, the florist, the musicians and the caterer/banquet manager?
We will handle all rentals related matters and provide vendor and venue management
10. Can you create a timeline that tells everyone involved in the planning process (other pros, members of the wedding party, to-be-weds and families) what to do and when to do it? How will you make sure everyone sticks to the schedule?
Our production timeline lists out all wedding party and vendor arrival and departure time. We will cue the wedding couple and vendors prior to each important event.