Many wedding couples who have used wedding planners to coordinate
their ceremonies have found their services to be invaluable. The wedding
planner can be involved with all aspects of the wedding, as is often the
case. However, the degree of the wedding planner’s involvement
depends on whether the couple requires the planner’s comprehensive
planner service or else to play more of an advisory role.
In the second instance, wedding planners can offer inspiration and ideas
for the wedding, drawing on their experience. They can recommend
suitable suppliers for the various aspects of the wedding, saving the time
and energy of the couple.
In the case of total involvement, the wedding planner’s duties cover a
multitude of responsibilities. Chief among these duties are:
- The planner will choose the reception venue and have the hall
decorated in the bride’s colours, making sure that all furniture and
equipment is in good order. The planner is also responsible for the menu
- The planner will find a photographer and work with the photographer
to ensure the couple receives the type of photos desired.
- The planner will order the flowers and invitations as well as the wedding
cake (if the couple wants)
- The planner will take care of limousine service and the music (band or DJ).
After arranging these items, the wedding planner will meet with the
wedding couple, explaining those decisions and going over everything
to be sure the couple accepts those choices or wants to change anything.
After consulting with the wedding couple and receiving their feedback,
the wedding planner proceeds with contracting those required services
and requirements. A key responsibility of the planner is to deal with the
various vendors to get the best possible rates for the client. The planner
understands the importance of keeping the wedding costs within the
couple’s stated budget, so the planner’s recommendations will be made
with the budget in mind.
Wedding planners should have an excellent sense of fashion to ensure that
everything is tasteful and colour-coordinatored and that the theme of the
wedding is reflected throughout.
Of course, at a complicated event like a wedding, things do not always go
exactly as planned. However, with the wedding planner on the scene,
these problems can be controlled. For example, if there is a problem with
any vendor, or if the photographer or DJ fails to show, the planner will have
a backup plan with a replacement on standby. So, in this way the planner
saves the bride the stress of handing wedding day problems.
What makes a good wedding planner?
First, this is a person who is able to remain calm in the face of unexpected
snags and major problems.The planner must be personable and must be
a good negotiator, since the wedding couple depends on the planner to get
them the best service at a price within their budget.
Strong networking skills are essential because by establishing
good connections they can get the best deals. Planners must
have a knowledge of customes and traditions, so important in
many wedding ceremonies. Additionally, they must be capable
in handing finances and be very well organized.
When choosing a wedding planner, check the planner’s website.
Request testimonials or ask to speak to women who used the
planner for their weddings. Shop around and meet with any
planners who you may be considering hiring before committing
to one. Choose a planner you instinctively like, as it is highly
important to have a good relationship with the person who you
are entrusting with your wedding.
Even though the wedding planner will be handing the details
of the wedding, the wedding couple should feel welcome to
show the planner pictures, clipping or examples of images or
concepts that they want to be part of their wedding.
That includes informing the planner of things they do not like,
such as certain colours or types of music.
Choosing a suitable wedding planner can be a key to having a
happy and memorable wedding.