AAWA Free Planning Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the AAWA Free Planning Program just for weddings?
Will I have to jump through a bunch of hoops to qualify?
In short, no. Our free program has just three main steps:
Spread the Word.
Do I have to book an AAWA venue to qualify?
What counts toward my 5 vendors?
A bride & groom from out of the area were planning a destination wedding in the Adirondacks and needed a hotel room so they could come up for a weekend to meet with their 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 pros right there!)
We even had a couple who held 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!)
Are any vendors excluded from this program?
Third party vendors, such as travel agents, offer a service that is actually free for couples, so they are unable to offer any discounts on that free service. However, they will still count toward your 5 pros, and they will usually be able to offer some insider tips and experienced advice to save you money!
What is the benefit of using this free program?
Why are these vendors willing to give a free upgrade/discount?
All of our wedding pro members are pre-screened by us before they join. We look at their reviews from couples as well as feedback from other pros they've worked with. This way, our members know that they can count on each other from start to finish to give you the perfect wedding day. From their standpoint, having multiple AAWA members working at your event makes it guaranteed to run more smoothly, which in turn will make their job easier.
I have booked my five AAWA vendors... Now what?
Once you are ready for your letter, send us a quick email with your names, event info, and your vendors and what you have booked them for (some pros offer multiple services).
What if I book one vendor for multiple services?
All pros generally only count one time, unless they allow you to count them more than once. For example, if you book a company for your DJ, and decide to also hire them for your photobooth, they would only count as one pro, unless the company allows you to count it twice.
Are these vendors any good?
If they weren't, they wouldn't be here. All our vendor members are pre-screened to ensure quality and reliablility. We look at reviews from past couples to make sure they were satisfied with the service they received. If we haven't personally worked with a vendor, we check in with other pros who have to ensure that they conduct themselves professionaly while at events. We also require our members to be fully licensed, fully insured, and respect all couples, no matter their race, color, religion (creed), sex, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.
What will you do with my information?
All the information you provide on our Free Planning Program registration form will never leave our association. Occasionally, we may share your contact information with our member professionals in order for them to reach out to you if you are in need of a service they offer. We will never sell or distribute your information.
What if I already booked a vendor who isn't part of the AAWA?
Couples sign up for our Free Planning Program at all stages of planning. Sometimes they have already booked a vendor that they then find out isn't in our association. This is fine! You don't have to book only AAWA vendors to qualify. You just need to book five (or more!) of our vendor members.