Frequently Asked Questions
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What service packages do you offer?
Our service offerings are customized based on event and planning needs. However, we do have three service levels as a guide to help you determine the type of support you may need. Our Full Planning, Partial Planning, and Wedding Management packages can be viewed on our Services page for more details.
What is your booking process?
There are a few steps within the booking process to ensure MSE meets your event needs and we are a great fit.
The first step is a complimentary 1-hour virtual consultation. Visit our Contact page to schedule.
Following the 1-hour consultation, a proposal including proposed services & fees will be provided via email.
Once a proposal has been accepted and signed electronically, a signed service agreement and retainer will be required to complete booking.
For more details, visit our What to Expect with MSE page.
What should I bring to the initial consultation?
Bring any inspiration photos, a rough budget, estimated guest count and a list of questions to discuss your vision and planning needs.
How much is your planning fee?
Do you offer Day-of Coordination?
We provide Wedding Management, a comprehensive service that goes beyond Day-of coordination. Our process begins 2-3 months before your wedding, ensuring a seamless experience. We handle final details, vendor coordination, on-site management, and more to produce an exceptional event. For more details on our Wedding Management, review our Services page.
How far in advance can I book planner services?
Event planning services can be booked up to 24 months in advance of confirmed or potential event date. Event location does not have to be confirmed at time of contract signing. Date and location should be confirmed within 60 days of signing the contract.
Do you offer planning services for events outside of the Maryland area?
Yes, we do! We are willing to travel anywhere you would like to go for your celebration.
Do you offer planner services for small or intimate weddings and events?
We offer planning services for small dinner parties, micro weddings and intimate events. While planners are often associated with larger weddings, we are also very valuable for small and intimate weddings, helping with details and ensuring a stress-free experience.
Do you provide rental and decorating services?
While we do not provide decorating services or rental items, MSE specializes in event design development. We create a custom concept that covers all aspects of your event, from layouts to decor, for a seamless guest experience. We start with your vision, discussing colors, themes, style, and ambiance, crafting a visual blueprint. Though we don't handle decor setup, we manage setup elements and work with top vendors who match your style and budget.
Can I still be involved in the planning process if I hire a planner?
Absolutely! We will work collaboratively as a team, ensuring your vision and preferences are at the forefront of the planning process. The level of involvement of the planner is based on your planning needs which will be discussed during your 1 hour consultation.
How do I check to see if you are available for my wedding date, while I still do research?
A complimentary 15-minute discovery call is available if you want to check for date availability and ask a few questions. Please note a proposal and fees will not be provided during or following a 15-minute discovery call. Following a 15-minute discovery call you can schedule a complimentary 1-hour consultation. Head to our Contact page to schedule your complimentary discovery call or consultation.
Do you have insurance?
Yes, we are insured with general and professional liability insurance through Hiscox. We can provide a certificate of insurance to your venue when required.