How the AAWA works for YOU
Many people ask us how the AAWA Free Wedding Planning Program works.
We think it’s pretty simple! Here are the basics you need to know:
Our program works for weddings (obviously), but it's not just for weddings!
Proms, Anniversaries, Sweet 16s, and any other type of event are also eligible for our program benefits.
Our program offers free planning assistance, and the opportunity to qualify for wedding upgrades and discounts.
Our free discount program works for you no matter where you choose to hold your event.
You don’t need to use one our venues to qualify for upgrades or discounts... but you will save more if you do!
The wedding pros that we allow to join the AAWA must be high quality pros that we trust.
So you know that all our pre-screened members have a proven track record of reliability and excellence.
We won't make you jump through hoops to qualify for your upgrades and discounts.
Simply register, book five (or more!) AAWA pros for anything wedding related, then contact our office to confirm.
To put it simply, everything related to your event counts toward your 5 pros.
Some things are obvious: your venue, entertainment, photography, officiant, flowers, invitations, favors, dessert. Less obvious are those things you might need for your wedding shower, rehearsal dinner, bachelor(ette) events, honeymoon, etc. And then there are some scenarios, you may not even think of!
These are all real life examples from some of our past couples:
A bride and groom from out of the area were planning a destination wedding in the Adirondacks, and needed a hotel to come up for a weekend to meet with vendors (that counts!)
Another couple used one AAWA cake baker for their wedding shower, and a second baker for their wedding cake (that’s 2 right there!)
We even had a couple once hold their Jack & Jill party weekend in Saratoga and booked one of our hotels for overnight rooms, one of our restaurants for dinner, and hired one of our limo companies to chauffeur them around all night (that was 3 total vendors alone!)
What is the Benefit?
So why should you register for our program? Easy enough to explain but understand these basics first:
There are venues that provide a facility and food (we call them resorts or houses). That’s one vendor.
Alternately, there are venues that do not provide food, so you would bring in an outside caterer. That’s two vendors.
For both venues and caterers, your benefit (if qualified), is a 5% pre-tax upgrade or discount (depending on what the pro and you agree on). For all other member professionals, your benefit is a 10% upgrade or discount.*
All pros generally only count one time, unless they allow you to count them more than once. One example of this would be a bridal salon that you buy your gown from, and also rent tuxes from… that would only count as one pro, unless the salon allows you to count it twice.
* some exceptions apply, such as third party vendors like travel agents/honeymoons
What is the Catch?
We all know the old saying “You don’t get anything for free,” so you may be wondering what’s the catch?
Well... there isn't one! And here's why: All of our wedding pro members are vetted, so they know that they can count on each other from start to finish to give you the perfect wedding day. From our professionals' standpoint, this makes your event guaranteed to run smoother, which is why they are happy to give you a discount or upgrade if you book a minimum of five vendors who are a part of the AAWA Free Planning Program.
One important thing for you to remember, is that you must contact us for your AAWA discount letter no less than 30 days before your wedding date, otherwise we cannot issue your letter. We usually suggest that as soon as you book your 5th pro, contact us! Then, as you continue to book more AAWA pros, we can simply add them to your letter and ensure that you don’t miss out on your savings.
And as an added bonus for all our qualifying couples, we will also gift you a 'lifetime discount card' which gives you savings with all applicable AAWA pros… forever!
How cool is that???
The AAWA also offers full service planning and day of coordination for couples who want more substantial wedding help. Our event coordinators have a combined experience of over 20 years in the wedding industry, and we will make sure everything is exactly as you desire, to the best of our abilities! Check out our package options or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote for your day!