Smith & Hinkebein
Desired Wedding Date: Fall 2022
Ceremony & Reception Location: Open to Possibilities; DMA, Nasher Sculpture Center, Marie Gabrielle, Arboretum, Pending Church Location
Setting the Scene
Molly and Matthew recently got engaged and are excited to dive in to wedding planning. The two of you had an instant connection when you met at SMU, sharing the same home town of St. Louis. Matt proposed at SMU, the place your relationship began, and you’re excited to invite your family and friends to celebrate this next big step in Dallas. You’re at the very beginning stages of planning and seeking a wedding planner to get the process started.
You don’t have a date set yet, but want to aim for a Fall date in 2022. With family coming to experience Dallas for the first time, that perfect Fall weather is on your mind! The weekend will likely start with a rehearsal dinner and welcome party, although you’re still thinking through great locations for that piece. It’s important that the ceremony be in a Catholic church or a chapel, and you’re considering Christ the King, Perkins Chapel, or as an alternative, Guadalupe Cathedral in downtown Dallas.
For the reception, you’re really looking for a location that is somewhat out-of-the-box. You don’t love the look of a typical hotel ballroom, but also don’t want a tented location. The Nasher Sculpture Center, Marie Gabrielle, and The Dallas Arboretum are at the top of your list, but you’re open to other options. Other key components of the reception will be a classic seated dinner, and an awesome party band to get guests up and dancing to the very end!
While you both lean toward an aesthetic that is more modern and classy, Molly and Matthew, you really believe in an understated less is more type of atmosphere that truly reflects you as a couple and will allow for a relaxed vibe in an elevated atmosphere. You love a neutral color palette of white, green, black and hints of tan with clean lines. You’re envisioning white floral arrangements with lots of greenery and plenty of romantic candlelight to really make the space feel warm and inviting. Incorporating creative touches that tell your story as a couple and add to the overall experience is important to you both. Ultimately, you want the evening to feel memorable and thoughtful, without going over-the-top with floral and decor.
Planning for the first time, you are interested in a planning package that includes both vendor and logistics support and overall concept and design. Molly and Matthew, this is an important celebration for you both and your families. The two of you have very busy lives and would love to keep this process organized, thoughtful, and fun! When the weekend finally arrives, you want to be able to relax, enjoy and be in the moment for this incredible occasion and we stand ready to assist you in that cause.
“In a time of chaos, wonderment & being completely overwhelmed, Julian stepped in and gave us so much ease in our lives. That was a priceless gift.”
— Becky, Legacy Client
Your Personalized Wedding Options
Event Planning & Coordination
Flat Rate: $39,595
*This selection includes turn-key coordination from guest arrival through departure with thoughtful planning of each and every detail. This is the ultimate package for hands-off peace of mind for a complete wedding weekend
Event Planning & Coordination
Flat Rate: $31,595
*With this option, planning and execution is focused on the wedding weekend and the send-off doesn’t end at the sparkler (or otherwise) exit! Our team will handle every detail through the post-wedding brunch for a flawless and stress free send-off to all of your family and friends
Event Planning & Coordination
Flat Rate: $27,595
*Our gold standard and starting point for planning and execution, this is our comprehensive planning, production, and design package for an unforgettable wedding weekend
Are you ready for some wedding planning transparency?
We look forward to executing the wedding planning option you select together to create a stress-free wedding that reflects you as a couple. We will:
Define and construct a budget with reasonable parameters to achieve your vision
Deep dive into your design inspirations (e.g., art, culture, architecture, etc.), which will create the foundation for an event that represents you both
Encourage and facilitate a conversation among relevant stakeholders to ensure everyone has been heard
Assist in incorporating both of your past histories into your future together
Provide communication tools and techniques to allow you to navigate the world of weddings
I promise you’ll enjoy the planning and the wedding day.
I promise that you’ll always know where you stand – with the process, with the budget, and with the checklist.
I promise that you will never have to seek me out – I will always be available to assist throughout the process.
I promise to listen to your vision and ideas and together create a wedding that looks & feels like you.
I promise to never leave you alone on the wedding day. Someone will always be with you to assist with any need or issue that may arise.
I promise that there is no logistical challenge that I’m not up for – no problem that I cannot figure out some way to solve. And I’ll solve it – often before you are even aware of it.
I promise to use discretion in design, in spending and in the sharing of your information.
I promise to provide guidance and direction in protocol & etiquette to ensure that you are the best host possible for your guests.
Our Client Code
Flat fee structure: We provide clarity on exactly where we fit into your budget
Vendor transparency: We find the perfect retailers for you to work with and pay directly
Online portal access: We provide a platform for you to monitor and view your wedding progress in real-time
Passed-through savings: We provide you with savings, where applicable, utilizing our long-term industry relationships
Experience that matters: We provide you with over 15 years of personal experience navigating the world of weddings including stints in catering, floral, rentals and planning to guide you through the wedding maze
Measures of Success
Peace of mind in planning for the first time
Confidence in your vendor selections from years of past experience
Roadmap for an engagement with peaceful and attainable benchmarks
Guest and family-focused wedding weekend with options for every demographic and price point
Clear direction on communicating decisions effectively to your immediate family and friends
Attainable goal of ensuring your guests are relaxed, well taken care of and comfortable throughout the wedding weekend
“I have been in a handful of weddings and truly have not seen one wedding planner be as organized and efficient as Julian. We will forever be thanking him for his time, his talent, and his infectious energy for making our wedding the most perfect weekend.”
— Nasim, Bride
“No matter how many times someone says, “live in the moment” and “enjoy every moment” I think that might be impossible. The celebration flies by and is so incredibly magical but with Julian the planning is just as rewarding and fun as the celebration.”
— Veronika, Bride
I wear many hats (er bow ties.) I’m a diplomat, designer, advisor, counselor, sounding board, dreamer… The list goes on.
I’ve dabbled and directed everything from catering sales and management for the Crescent Hotel and Rosewood Mansion, to wedding planning and floral design for Bella Flora of Dallas. And along this 15 year journey here’s what I know is true…
THERE’S A RIGHT WAY…
And that way is whatever way makes you most comfortable.
I subscribe to the Platinum Rule of treat others as THEY would like to be treated. And as a Washington School of Protocol-trained expert, I’ve learned that etiquette is about making others feel comfortable.
That’s why, I’ll meet you wherever you are on this planning journey. And we’ll walk the path together. With discretion and good judgement.
After all, the way you feel determines how your guests will feel. And I want them to feel fabulous!