frequently asked questions.
As you might be wondering the same. : )
If you have any other questions, please get in touch with me – I’d love to answer them!
The three words that best describe the Vow Your Way experience : supportive, positive and down to earth.
I do. I started studying French in high school, and living in Brussels for nearly 7 years, brought me to fluent conversational level – so communicating with francophone suppliers and wedding guests will be no problem at all. : )
Since I moved to Gent in October 2022 I am going to evening school twice a week with my husband to learn Dutch as well. We’re super motivated to learn it well, as we’re planning on settling here for good. : )
Yes, you can. You can always start with a few hours of Wedding Planning Assistance to see how well we can work together and switch to a more extensive package at a later stage. It’s perfectly normal that you want to be 100% sure, before committing to such a big investment. Downgrading to another package is also possible, however the 50% deposit remains non refundable, and any work that’s already been performed, will be invoiced as well.
For the Full Service Wedding Planning and Wedding Day Coordination package, an initial 50% deposit is required upon signature of the contract to hold your date. We will then work together to create a payment schedule that will work best for you for the remaining amount. : ) The rule of thumb is that 75% is paid 60 days before
your wedding date and the final balance is due by your event date.
For the Wedding Planning Assistance service you will pay for one hour when completing your online booking. The remainder is billed after completion of the task we agreed on, and due immediately.
Oh yesss, the lovely topic of legalization. The short answer is: it depends. Now I know this doesn’t help you at all, but with the whole administration, it really all depends on which country and what type of document we talk about. For any questions or doubts about the dreaded paperwork, check out the “Ultimate Wedding Admin Guide for Expats” under the Free Help section, designed to set you up for success with useful tips and advice.
But there’s something you can not skip: getting in touch with your local townhall and asking them directly! The final answer will depend on your unique situation.
Good luck! You’ll find me here if you need me. : )
Unfortunately not. Although I’m sure you’re friend would do an amazing job, the townhall requires a certified interpreter to be present if one of you doesn’t understand the local language well enough. ( Note: translator = writing, interpreter = speaking )
You can find all certified translators and interpreters in Belgium via THIS SEARCH TOOL.
Ahh, I just LOVE multilingual weddings. I think there’s such a special vibe about them! : ) There are many solutions out there to help all your guests understand your ceremony.
You can repeat everything in both languages. In this case, aim for a shorter overall script to avoid anyone getting bored. You can say certain parts in one language, and certain parts in another. You can have the whole script translated in a booklet, or – if you’re worried about your guests looking down while reading – you can even project it on a screen next to you. Don’t worry, this can be seamlessly built into your design with a little creativity!
Must have? No. Absolutely not. : ) I’m here to give you permission to do whatever feels right to you and your partner on your wedding day. If anyone asks, just blame it on me!
One of my favourite things about multicultural weddings is that you get to create the perfect blend of different cultural traditions that mean the most to you and best represent you as a couple. It’s also super fun for your guests to watch!
This being said a traditional Belgian family would probably want to hear the song ” Le Connemara” while the newlyweds enter the reception space. This is their time to go crazy, grab their napkins and waive them around in the air – lightening the mood and welcoming you to your party!
Also, did you know that traditionally the groom is supposed to surprise the bride with her bouquet on the wedding day?
Of course! The personalized proposal you receive after our free consultation remains valid for 30 days to give you enough time to decide. During these 30 days, I reserve your date provisionally.
I always encourage my couples to do their research and take their time before making such an important decision regarding their wedding. Your chosen wedding planner can make or break the success of your event and your planning experience. So definitely take your time to think. : ) I do however encourage you to let me know as soon as possible if you decide to use my services as I am unfortunately not able to hold any dates without a signed contract and a paid deposit.
Unfortunately these things can happen, and I aim to approach all of these situations with as much flexibility and understanding as possible. Before signing your contract with me, you will receive my detailed terms and conditions that explains clearly what my policy is in the different cases of cancellation or date change.