A Wedding Planner, a Wedding Consultant, a Wedding Coordinator – Whatever the Title, Do We Need One?
By Nily Glaser
For the sake of simplicity, let us refer to the wedding planner, consultant, and coordinator as wedding specialists.
We are asked this question often, by brides and by grooms from various walks of life. Though some are less busy than those who hold jobs or professions, go to school or both and are pressed for time, the question is the same.
Actually the tone of the question varies by the person inquiring. Brides get very emotional and excited about planning their dream weddings. Most want to actively plan it. Grooms often would like to take an active role but believe, or thinks that their bride expects that it is the women who should plan the wedding. Thus, though they would like to, Many grooms grooms do not volunteer so as not to “take away” their bride’s excitement toward planning their very special day.
The question whether you need to hire a wedding specialist is rather complex. It cannot be answered with a yes or a no.
Many factors need to be considered and they will influence the decision.
Now, consider the following:
How many months do you have before your wedding day? Is this enough time to plan and execute your dream wedding?
How much time and energy do you have to devote to planning your wedding and can you rely on friends and family for help?
Planning a wedding can and should be stress-less and a lot of fun. But as you consider your wedding planning,
be prepared for the:
realistic wedding budgets you need to set and stay within,
various schedules you need to plan,
endless details you need to take care of,
logistics you need to coordinate,
many vendors and service providers you need to interview, hire, work with and supervise when necessary,
delegation of some responsibilities and being on top of the – what, by whom and by when to do list and following up.
Now that you considered all of the above, you need to determine what a wedding specialist is, and what he or she can do for you?
Well, a wedding specialist is professional who is familiar with the wedding circuit in your region, usually possesses a lot of experience, creative ideas, know-how, sense of organization, attention to details and strong contacts with vendors and service providers. Most experienced wedding specialists have over the years learned what to expect, what to ask and how to negotiate with their peers. Take into consideration that not all wedding specialist take on only clients who want them to be totally in charge. the majority, however, accommodates the couple’s needs.
So, if you were to, to what degree would you like to engage the wedding specialist?
To consult with regarding what needs to be done, a realistic budget to execute it and how to go about doing so?
To hire the vendors and service providers you can work with on your behalf?
To hire the vendors and service providers for you, work with and supervise them?
To do everything other than the attire, from the Save the date to the favors and everything in between and to
supervise during the wedding itself?
To supervise the wedding day itself – only?
You do not want to engage a wedding specialist.
How much can you budget for the service of a wedding specialist?
Take into consideration that some wedding specialists charge:
A flat fee that depends on what you want them to do,
A percentage of the cost of your wedding,
A fee from you and a fee from the vendors and service providers they offer your wedding to,
There are some other fee schedules but they are less common.
Are you planning a destination wedding?
Unless your wedding location offers their services as part of the wedding package, this is the only situation where you must budget and hire a local wedding specialist. Hire the most experienced wedding specialist where you plan to have your wedding, because it is impossible to plan a wedding from afar.
The only exception is if you have friends and – or family in the region who can plan on your behalf. However, I do not recommend it.
I hope the information will help you make your lifetime event, an event for a lifetime.
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About The Author
Nily Glaser, the CEO of A-wedding Day at: http://www.a-weddingday.com is a retired school principal, a published author and the recipient of numerous awards. She writes important articles, and her Personalized Wedding Planning Organizer is a big hit. Read her articles on this site; With her background of serving as a school principal and now as a weddings specialist, Nily Glaser has presented workshops for parents and for wedding professionals all over the USA. Her web site is a very popular Wedding Resource and Information Center, that specializes in family wedding with kids, and theme weddings and presents a very comprehensive shopping mall that represents top companies and offers discount wedding and other gifts as well as bridal accessories, including the exclusive line of wedding Accessories By Nily.
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