10 Questions with Jean Rivers

Blue Llama Events

Planner - Jean Rivers

10 Questions with Jean Rivers

1. Introduction: What's your story?

I began as a wedding photographer out of college. My degree was in photography and art. As I was photographing weddings, I knew my clients needed a lot more help from getting organized, a more clear timeline and communication with vendors. So I became a wedding planner

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

We do about 30-50 weddings a year. Some of these weddings are fusion or multi cultural weddings so 2-4 days in length. At the end of 2020 we were over 350 weddings

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

Full Planning, Customized Planning, Coordination, Design for ceremony & reception. We package invitations for clients and track RSVPs from our downtown Indy office. We also offer bespoke signage with 3D printing options

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 are a flat fee

Full planning is our most popular package starting at $5500 ( for a 1 day event)

Coordination is $2500 and we begin working with the client as soon as they hire us

Regardless of the package we are the clients advocate and guide throughout the planning process

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

There are 5 of us. 2-3 are usually at every wedding

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

All our team knows just as much about the events, even if they are not planned to work. We always have backup plans

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

Whatever is needed to make a great wedding day for them

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


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?


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?

Yes, consistent communication



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