Do you have an internship program and, if so, how do I apply?
At this time we do not offer an internship program. We are, however, always looking for “Weekend Warriors”—collegiate or post-graduate planning enthusiasts who provide day-of support and assistance at our weddings and events throughout the year. If you are a full time Dallas resident, have availability on weekends, and are looking to gain real world coordination experience, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Please submit your résumé via our Career Opportunities contact form to be considered for this paid position.
Working with DFW Events sounds like so much fun! How can I apply for a full-time job?
Thank you for your interest in working with our team! Although we are not actively hiring, we welcome résumé submissions from individuals with a passion for planning or a background in the event industry at all times. Please feel free to send your information our way via our Career Opportunities contact form—we keep résumés on file for one calendar year after submission. If you’re looking for a more immediate opportunity, please consider applying to be a Weekend Warrior. Participating in our part-time program is an excellent way for you to get to know us, and vice versa. PS: When full-time positions have become available in the past, we’ve been known to give our Weekend Warriors first consideration.
What does it take to become an event planner?
We’ll let Mary-Frances answer this one for you: “There are several colleges that offer courses in event planning, and professional certification programs are also a great resource. The best thing you can do, however, is to throw yourself into any kind of position available in the industry, whether paid or unpaid. The knowledge you’ll gain from real-world event experience is invaluable. Explore as many facets of the industry as you can by working in a floral shop, a bridal salon, or a hotel. Meet vendors, gain exposure, and put yourself out there—learning through experience is paramount in this business.”
It doesn’t hurt to have a servant’s heart, passion for event planning, willingness to give up weekends, and the ability to run in high heels, either!
How much does it cost to hire a wedding planner?
As with all professional services, the cost of hiring a wedding planner varies. No matter who you decide to work with, however, a good rule of thumb is to allocate fifteen percent of your total wedding budget toward event planning expenses. It’s important to check the credentials of all potential planners and to resist the temptation to hire based on a company’s price tag alone—reputation, experience, industry connections, and service level should play a significant role in the decision-making process as well. If cost is a factor, keep in mind that DFW Events offers a variety of service options that you can pick and choose from in order to remain within budget. Rather than offering cookie-cutter planning packages, we create a unique planning experience for each of our clients based on their personal priorities. For a custom estimate for your Dallas or destination event, please complete the Client Inquiries form listed on our contact page.
I’m considering several event planners at the moment. What is the “DFW Events Difference” that sets your company apart from all the rest?
Alison says it best: “At DFW Events, we take the relationship part of our business very seriously. We are present on some of the most significant days of our clients’ lives, so we make an effort to not only ‘get the job done,’ but to dig into personalities and understand family dynamics—elements that go far beyond the tasks on our event itineraries. Our team takes the time to learn who each client is at their core, and we morph our work style accordingly. Following our initial consultation, we spend a considerable amount of time pairing each client with the planner who best suits their personality, ensuring that everyone who comes to DFW Events for coordination services benefits from a support system that’s uniquely tailored to their requirements.”
Other things worth noting: 1. We are a boutique wedding and event planning firm, ensuring that our clients will always be met with the best customer service and communication imaginable. 2. We offer unlimited access to vendors across the globe, and assist each client in building a customized vendor list that matches their budget, aesthetic preferences, and logistical needs. 3. Rather than locking our clients into specific services or pre-determined planning packages, we invite them to build their service list on an as-needed basis. In short? We are your resource, and you can use us as much or as little as you desire while enjoying the freedom to add or subtract services at any time.
Why should I hire a wedding planner?
Take it away, Mary-Frances! “It’s critical to hire a wedding planner so that you can be the bride, your mother can be the mother of the bride, and so on. A good planner will help you establish a budget and timeline, connect you to reputable vendors, act as a sounding board for your ideas, and bring your vision to life by establishing a cohesive through-line—or overall design scheme—for your special day. If you need help designing a brand or determining the layout of a reception ballroom, your planner can help with that too. On my own wedding day, my mother and I were responsible for making sure that everything went according to plan…and I missed many special moments because of it. That’s why I’m so passionate about giving brides the opportunity to ‘be in the moment’ on the day of the wedding. Logistics and behind-the-scenes details should be the last thing on your mind. Hiring a wedding planner allows you to turn over your vision to a trusted professional, see it come to fruition, and experience all of the details that you spent so much time dreaming about.”
How can I be considered as a preferred vendor?
Please submit the Vendor Inquiries form listed on our contact page. If we feel that your services or products are a fit for our clientele, we will reach out to schedule a phone conversation. Whenever possible, we love to schedule in-person “test runs” via tastings, staged photo shoots, staff mini-makeovers, and more in order to personally vet each and every vendor recommended to our clients.
What do you look for in a vendor partnership?
We are all about relationships at DFW Events! As our clients’ advocate we personally curate our vendor list and are committed to making as many unique, luxury-level services available to them as possible. We make it a point to remain on the cutting edge of trends, and seek partnerships with companies that we trust to “wow” our clients with their extraordinary customer service, professionalism, entertainment value, and “anything we can do to make your dream come true” approach to business.
Do I have to be based in Dallas to become a preferred vendor?
Absolutely not! We are always looking for one-of-a-kind service providers no matter where they’re located, and have worked with many event professionals from all over the world.