As a Wedding Planner, people often ask me questions like "What is a Wedding Planner and what exactly does one do?" "What is the difference between a Wedding Planner and a Venue Coordinator?" and, most importantly, "Why should I hire a Wedding Planner for my wedding?" If you have been wondering these same things yourself, you're in luck because I'm here to answers these questions!
Let's start at the beginning. A Wedding Planner is typically hired by an engaged couple to help them with the planning, coordinating, and designing of their wedding. Your Wedding Planner will help make the wedding planning process easier and less stressful by creating organized checklists; a full budget breakdown and plan; detailed timeline of your wedding day; and professional recommendations, guidance, and advice. Basically, I like to think of a Wedding Planner as your "Wedding Planning Best Friend." We're here to help you through the process, which can include, holding your hand through the difficult tasks; cheering for you when we secure the perfect vendor; being honest with you about style, design, budget, and logistics (sometimes brutally honest, when necessary); and, of course, being there to share in your special day (likely crying in the background during your ceremony) and making sure everything goes perfectly for you.
So, what exactly do I do? Wedding Planners not only provide assistance with helping you prepare and organize your budget and your vendors, they also help you create and design a cohesive, coordinating color scheme and full event design. For me, that means it's very important that the design I help my couples create fits their unique "couple style." This way, their wedding day is a true reflection of who they are together. By helping our couples with recommendations on the best colors, patterns, floral ideas, food options, rentals, attire, music, and all the vendors that will best fit those needs and style, we can help bring the wedding you have been dreaming of to life! Your Wedding Planner also helps coordinate all the details of your special day. By putting together a timeline that includes every moment of the day, they will work with each of your vendors to ensure that everyone knows where they are supposed to be, when they should be there, where they should setup, and what comes next throughout the day. Your Wedding Planner is then there with you on the day of your wedding (usually from very early in the morning, until your last vendor packs up and leaves the venue) to handle all the little details and, to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch (as you get hitched) and nothing is missed.
"What's the difference between a Wedding Planner and a Venue Coordinator?" This is a question that we often get as Wedding Planners. We find that there tends to be a common misunderstanding in the wedding industry that your venue's "Venue/Event Coordinator" is a Wedding Planner. And, to put it frankly, they're not. Although your Wedding Planner and Venue/Event Coordinator work very closely together, we play very different roles in the planning of your wedding. Typically, your Venue/Event Coordinator is provided to you by your venue and he or she works for the venue rather than for you, whereas your Wedding Planner works for you. The Venue Coordinator is typically responsible for organizing setup, break down, and cleanup of the venue space. If the venue provides catering services, the Venue Coordinator also handles organization of the catering services and staff. Your Wedding Planner on the other hand, helps tackle all the other tasks outside of the venue while also partnering with your Venue Coordinator to ensure everything runs like clockwork.
Last, but certainly not least, "Why should I hire a Wedding Planner for my wedding?" This is great question! As you may have already found, planning a wedding is a lot of work. There are so many little details that can easily fall through the cracks. Between jobs, bills, children, families and friends, and other responsibilities it can often become a very daunting task to take on wedding planning all alone. You don't have to do this alone and trust me, it can be fun! Hiring a Wedding Planner will ease your planning stress and anxiety by breaking down the process and guiding you through it all, step by step.
Hiring a Wedding Planner can be one of the best decisions you make for your wedding. Research planners in your area and meet them in person to find one who fits your personality, style and budget. Once you hire your Wedding Planner, keep in mind that they have you and your wedding's best interest at heart so trust them to provide you with the best possible advice. Trust and communication are key with your Wedding Planner so keep your communication lines open and always remember, we've got your back. ;)
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