Do you need a Wedding Planner
3rd February 2017

The Duties of Wedding Planners

Typically, wedding planners start off by meeting with the couple to:

understand the events – not just the wedding day itself, but also the rehearsal dinner, bridesmaid teas, day after brunches, and any other related events.

They’ll then propose how they might be helpful and present the couple with a contract for the wedding planners’ services. Probably they will be a combination of some of the below, depending on your needs and budget:

Organizational Queens

Even if you’re newly engaged, you’re probably realizing that this process includes many many details that require you to be organized, stick to a budget, and stay on schedule. So even if you are a well organized person, you’ll want to make sure that your wedding planners are not only on top of things, but that they’ll help you stay on top of things. They’ll

  • create and review vendor contracts
  • organize your wedding day timeline
  • coordinate vendor arrivals and deliveries with your venues
  • prevent expensive mistakes such as rush shipping charges or unnecessary changes
  • remind you of obligations, appointments, and budget constraints

Style Mavens

For those of you who are looking at bridal magazines, but worry you don’t have the aesthetic eye to pull it off, look for wedding planners who are designers.

  • They can give you ideas, and tell you about current trends
  • help pull together any disjointed elements, and create a unified “look”
  • see and add details you might have missed
  • coordinate the florist, caterer, printers, invitation companies, graphic designers and any other aesthetic vendors
  • help you choose bridesmaid dresses and other wedding party attire, your bridal gown and/or groom’s wear
  • find coordinating and stylish favours
  • design your tables, lighting and other visual details.

Peace Makers

If you’re constantly arguing with your parents, or with each other, wedding planners can use their negotiating skills to create peace. Whether it’s talking to the mother-of-the-groom about the blood red dress she wants to wear, or helping to mediate budget disagreements, and saving you from etiquette snafus, wedding planners can be invaluable.

Vendor Resources

Experienced wedding planners have a rolodex of contacts in the biz, so they may be able to find you that reception venue with the perfect view, or the one caterer who will work with small budgets. They may also be able to pull in favours to get discounts or freebies.

Full-scale wedding planners for big budget brides

These are the wedding planners that you see on TV. They do everything — creating a lavish event to impress and handling all the details while the happy couple just gets to enjoy the whole event.




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