10 Questions with Savannah McGovern

Moonbeam Weddings & Events

Planner - Savannah McGovern

10 Questions with Savannah McGovern

1. Introduction: What's your story?

Hey There! I'm Savannah, founder of Moonbeam Weddings & Events.

My path into the event planning world was started about 10 years ago in college, when I was working part time as a brand representative & server for several high-end media and event companies. These jobs enabled me to gain experience working for grand scale events such as galas, movie premieres, and even the Oscars! This eventually lead me to become a planner myself at well-known Newport Beach wedding venue. It was here that my passions flourished and I found such a thrill in helping to plan and organize these significant milestone celebrations.

With all my experience gained and my expertise blooming, my husband encouraged me to open my own company. We’ve now been in business for about a year and have already worked with some AMAZING clients whose ethos closely matches our own fun, vibrant, unique personalities.

2. What's your experience as a wedding planner? How many weddings have you planned?

As I mentioned, I've worked in the events industry for 10+ years so I've planned and coordinated many weddings and events in that time. I've held a number of different planning and coordination roles at various companies. Most notable of all was when I worked for quite a prestigious wedding venue in Newport Beach, I was responsible for planning & coordinating their yacht weddings & events - so beautiful! Outside of this position, I've also gained experience with planning corporate events and have even been a coordinator for a wedding photo and video company.

3. What sorts of services do you offer (month-of coordination, full-service planning, or à la carte planning)?

At Moonbeam, we believe that weddings should be 100% customizable to the couple rather than couples having to tailor their special day to traditional wedding day events and patterns. Each love story is so unique and so too should their wedding day be! With this in mind, we offer a full range of coordination and planning packages to suit every couples needs and wants. Our packages start with 'Purely Coordination', for those looking for coordination only. Then we have 'Coordination & Design' and our top package, 'Intimate Planning' where we take control of the entire process for you, leaving you and you partner free to enjoy only the fun parts of wedding planning.

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 do have base prices for all our packages but we like to speak with the couple before booking to establish their needs and decide on a total amount for the cost of our services. Your wedding budget is completely separate from any payment we receive. When our couples decide to book with us we send a pre-agreed proposal and contract with billing information and ask for a 50% deposit to secure your booking.

5. Who else is in your team and how many people on your staff will be at the wedding?

My husband, Matthew helps me to operate Moonbeam day to day. He has a background in art/design and customer focused sales and is an integral part of ensuring Moonbeam constantly delivers a wedding service to be proud of. Other than Matt, depending on the size and scope of your wedding I may bring an assistant or two with me on your wedding day to be an extra set of eyes and hands.

6. What happens if you're sick or otherwise unable to be there on the day of the wedding?

Over the years I have built a strong network of wedding professionals I have confidence in, people who I worked with and who helped out with Moonbeam in the past. I have assistants who we work with on our events who understand the way Moonbeam likes to deliver their weddings. I would call on these people in difficult times. Side note - It would take a pretty extreme occurrence to keep me from completing one of my weddings!

7. How many meetings will you have with the couple and how will they be involved?

Totally depends on the package. We lay out everything that is included in your proposal we send prior to booking. You will have a pre agreed amount of physical one-on-one meetings with us to discuss your wedding but we are always here to guide/help/support our clients 7 days a week! Just drop us an email or give us a call, no question too small! Also, Moonbeam is totally flexible with how and when we meet our clients, whatever works best for you!

8. Will you handle the invitations, from wording and ordering to the addressing and mailing? What about guest list coordination and RSVPs?

This is some we can discuss with our couples and if they wish it, we can take care of all those details, certainly.

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?

Oh yes, absolutely! Its what we do! We will review wedding day timelines around two months out. It's at this time we will organize and formulate a plan for your vendor team and make sure that the relevant parties have all the information they need prior to the wedding day.

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?

Of course! We create a detailed timeline for every event we coordinate. It's how we keep track of so many moving pieces! It might sound cliché, but we think meticulous planning is key for a harmonious wedding day.



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