A wedding vision is an imaginative conception of the wedding that encompasses all five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. As a wedding planner, my job is to determine your ideal day and them move to the pragmatics of making that vision a realty.
Wedding planning can be one of the most time consuming, confusing and potentially stressful things you will do; and with that, have a couple of questions for you to consider:
1) Will you need to plan and budget?
2) When will you start planning?
3) What will you look for when choosing Wedding Vendors (ceremony site, reception hall, photographer, DJ, etc.)
4) What if you cannot plan and execute the wedding/event myself?
5) How will you make sure that your day will go as you planned and still be able to enjoy it?
If you have any hesitancy in answering these questions, you may want to explore the idea of hiring a wedding consultant. Not long ago, a wedding consultant was thought of as a luxury, only used by the wealthy. Now, a consultant is an essential element of a well-planned affair. Being experienced in negotiating contracts with caterers, florists, photographers, and other suppliers, the wedding consultant saves you valuable time and money.
Why hire a wedding consultant?
Consultants can provide a great deal of advice and expertise to a busy bride and groom today. Before you decide to tackle such a large occasion on your own, here are some reasons why you may consider hiring a consultant:
I can, based on your direction, provide the following services:
- Provide expertise – a consultant will plan, coordinate and direct a complete event from start to finish.
- Save time – the research is done so the consultant can recommend professionals who best suit your needs and your budget.
- Save money – through maximizing your buying power, and staying within a set budget.
- Be objective – a consultant can be a buffer between the bride, groom and their families. A consultant is also a third party who can offer advice from past experience, and she is knowledgeable about wedding etiquette.
- Solve problems – a consultant will identify a potential problem and solve it before it happens.
- Lead a team of professionals – a consultant is the key liaison who is responsible for coordinating a team of wedding professionals for your event.
- Provide optimal services – by recommending the most reliable and professional service providers for a successful event.
The average wedding usually requires 200+ hours devoted to planning, vendor meetings, research, leg work, etc. Most brides are new to the idea of wedding planning, and it is not uncommon for them to have little experience, if any, pulling everything together to stage an event of this magnitude. Additionally, most brides already have a work and / or school schedule that requires their attention and energy.
The most common result in this situation is that the bride ends up stressed out on her wedding day running around trying to contact all vendors, set up decorations, etc. when she should be getting ready. Your wedding day is your day to be beautiful, not a stressed out bride. Wedding planners have experience pulling everything together for their clients… that is their job.
Wedding consultants are not here to make decisions for you, but to guide and assist you in making informed decisions. I want you to host a beautiful and distinctive event with no worries! You should enjoy your wedding and remember it always as one of the greatest events of your life.
I don’t take over the planning of your wedding – I just offer guidance to make the process that much easier and to lessen the amount of time you spend on tasks. I help brides, grooms and their families get through the most important – and often most stressful – time of their life, allowing them to hold onto their sanity and actually enjoy their wedding day.
Happy planning and until next time,