I always love to showcase exceptional vendors in the DC area. I had the opportunity to interview Tara Melvin , an event and wedding planner from Perfect Planning . Please enjoy !
Tell us about yourself/your business
Based in the Washington, DC metro area, Perfect Planning is a full service event planning and management company who offers a complete array of services to cover all facets of event planning for elegant weddings, social and corporate events, from start to finish. It is our philosophy to offer our clients and their guests a highly personalized experience, exceptional service, a peace of mind, and a memorable celebration.
Our average event size is around 175 persons, however, we have planned events up to 500 persons. We have been in business for 10 amazing years and look to continue to make inspiring and elegant events that capture the vision of love and romance.
How did you get into wedding planning?
My business began based on the sole premise of me being the social organizer for my group of friends. I was the constant social organizer gathering friends for parties to celebrate for any occasion. After several events that I hosted friends began to ask me to do events for them till one day I had an epiphany that I can do this! So, I began researching how to establish a business and through countless hours and hard work – here I am – Perfect Planning Events.
Whats your favorite part of planning a wedding?
Connecting with some of the most amazing client’s and their families which transforms into long lasting friendships.
Seeing my client’s face when they walk into the room of their event – that validates a job well done.
The partnership and friendship with other wedding professionals
What services do you provide? How do you stand out from the rest?
For our wedding services, we provide from day of coordination services to full service wedding planning to include event design. Although, we provide packages we can customize our services to our client’s needs.
We also do social events, mostly milestone celebrations such as retirement celebrations, birthday celebrations, etc. With our milestone celebration segment we only provide full service event planning.
Lastly, we provide corporate event planning in which we provide full service event planning. We also have a stationery division for those that want to purchase invitation and other stationery items for their events.
What advice do you give to brides who believe that can create a great wedding without a wedding planner?
My recommendation Bride is don’t plan a wedding yourself unless you can commit 100% of your time to the planning process. There are a lot of details that go into planning a wedding. Our recommendation is to hire a planner! Although most people think that we are an added expense, we are literally an asset to your big day. The investment that you put into your planner saves you money with other vendors and aspects of the planning process because we know the market and the costs associated with it, and we have the relationships with other wedding professionals to to make deals for you. We have 100% commitment to the process; whereas most of our clients have full time occupations and are trying to balance work life, personal life, and plan a wedding – so their time is divided. Therefore you don’t have to spend countless hours researching when we already have the skillset to run a smooth process. Relax and enjoy is what a couple should be doing during the planning of their wedding – a planner does all of the hard work for you so that you can enjoy being a happy Bride or Groom, and enjoy this special moment.
What’s your favorite moment in the course of the wedding day?
When my client’s walk into the room and they smile at the results that we have provided – validation of a job well done.
In your opinion, what part of the wedding planning process deserves the most attention
Every portion, every detail of the planning process deserves equal attention. Attention to detail is key for any remarkable event.