10 Questions with Tiffany Balmer

WeddingRule Interviewed one of the most popular and highly sought-after wedding planners in DC, Tiffany Balmer of The DC Event Planner. Washington DC based Tiffany Balmer is the founder and owner of The DC Event Planner.

The DC Event Planner

Planner - Tiffany Balmer

10 Questions with Tiffany Balmer

1. Introduction: What's your story?

Tiffany Renee Balmer, was raised in Weldon NC and was taught to work hard. Never afraid of a challenge she has always been a leader. Tiffany holds the Certified Meeting Planner title from Convention Industry Council which is the highest title available to an Event Planner. She also holds a B.S. in Communications from North Carolina A&T State University, a Certificate in Fundamentals of Event Planning from Central Piedmont, and a Professional Certificate in Event Management from George Washington University. She has a huge respect for the field and understands that event planners aren’t people who go to events to have fun but instead are there to make sure the guests get to have fun. Although she can make you a great floral centerpiece she understands it is more important to be able to review a contract, reply to 20 emails in an hour and juggle calls from vendors. She not only understands the importance of being extremely organized; she lives for it.

Tiffany has been in the event planning industry since 2005. In these 15+ years of service she has worked on events as large as Madison Square Garden and as intimate as a Board of Directors Luncheon for 15 or less. Each event, no matter the size, gets her full attention to detail.
Tiffany is also a huge advocate for “at risk youth”; when she isn’t busy planning an event, you can find her at a local high school or homeless shelter in Washington DC volunteering with minority youth that have been “titled” problematic by the school or social work counselors.
She is a firm believer that the blessings we receive aren’t ours to keep but instead we should be on a continuous mission to share them with the world.

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

Planning every detail from start to finish! I have lost count :) since 2009, A LOT! :)

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

Full Planning + Design
Partial Planning + Design
Month Of Coordination
Destination + Full Planning + Design
Covid Intimate Wedding
Custom 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?

Most payments are set for 25% at signing, 50% 3 months later and the remaining 25% 2 weeks before.

If the contract is set closer to the wedding date it is 50% at signing and the remaining 25% 2 weeks before.

Full planning and Month of Planning are the most popular packages.

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

Depending on the wedding size it ranges from 1-4.

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

My timelines are written so they can be easily carried out by anyone on my team. I have never missed a wedding and I pray I never have to, but if something happens my team can handle it.

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

We communicate regularly and the couple is involved in making the final decision. I am here to make sure they are reminded what to do and when.

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

I can handle those items after the guests finalizes the guests list.

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?

Yes! I would be so happy to do this!

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?

I love a timeline, I create it and share it with others and I ask for a buy in from those different groups. You can't make anyone do anything but most people are happy to follow a plan! :) No issues in all these years, fingers crossed.

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WeddingRule Editor’s Choice 2020