guest post: Why Brides Need a Wedding Planner

Guest Post by Sherri Box of Events by Sherri

Sherri5Why hire a wedding planner? Think it’s a luxury… a cost you can do without or you are just sure you will “lose control” and would prefer to do it all yourself?

The money you spend on hiring a wedding coordinator will be the best investment in your wedding day that you can make AND it will end up saving you money and make the entire planning process more fun because the stress over the small details will be removed!  Sherri3

So consider this. . . . a wedding coordinator actually helps you gain MORE control over your special day because our job is to carry out your wishes down to the last little detail!  We work with you to make sure we understand your  “vision” of your  “perfect day” so we can do everything in our power to make sure that when you see it all come together it’s just as you imagined it would be.  The best feeling in the world is for one of my brides to look at me and tell me “it’s even better than I imagined it” or “it was the best day of my life.”  I have never had a client tell me that they were sorry they hired me but I have had others who chose to do it all themselves tell me that they really wished they had hired a coordinator.

WSherri4e can also save you money by sharing with you the “tricks of the trade” that only experience can provide and by looking at your budget and steering you to vendors that can stay within your price point.  We will find out what’s most important to you and show you ways to spend more on the things that are of utmost importance to you and provide you tips on how to accomplish those things that are further down on your list for less.Sherri1

Many wedding coordinators also have small décor items for your use.  This keeps you from having to purchase all the “small stuff,” sometimes in multiples and then decide what to do with all of it after your wedding weekend is over.  The beauty of that, in addition to cost savings, is that we have it in our inventory, you choose it, we deliver it, we set it up and we break it down.  So that leaves even less for you to worry about AND you’ve saved a little more money.

YSherri2ou probably can do it yourself but why not have someone who is committed to making sure your day is just perfect in every way AND someone who can save you from making costly mistakes along the way, someone who is in your corner and working for you every step of the way!  So now you can actually have more control over your special day, remain budget-conscious throughout the process and have fun planning the most important day of your life to date!

guest post: Why Should I Hire a Wedding Planner?

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Guest post by Vicki Itson of Simplicity Event & Wedding Planning

You have a dream in your mind of what you want your wedding day to be. Maybe it’s a dream you’ve had since you became engaged, or maybe it’s one you’ve had since you were a little girl in pig tails. Either way, it’s your dream. A wedding planner’s job is to turn that dream into a reality. You can hire the best caterer, florist, photographer you can find. But none of those vendors know the entire in’s and out’s of every aspect of your day…except a wedding planner. My job is to know your dream inside and out and turn that dream into a reality. Not to mention post-wedding surveys show that one of the number one regrets from a bride is not hiring a wedding planner. Not convinced? Keep reading for a list of my job titles!

Contract Negotiator: Getting to know your vision helps me recommend vendors I trust that will help you. I know the right questions to ask, the right people to talk to, how to get the best prices and what should (or shouldn’t) be in a contract. With over 25 years of experience doing weddings, I have learned what to look for and what possible pitfalls lay ahead. And I plan for all of them!

Financial Advisor: You need someone to help you stay to your budget. I can help you in the beginning to decide what percentage of your budget should be spent where and give you suggestions on how to get the biggest bang for your buck.

Family Therapist: Every wedding has a kind and caring family member that wants to “help.” I’ve seen grandmothers move flowers around and aunts try to rearrange the seating chart while the bride was dressing. I’ve even seen mothers of the bride or groom not respecting the bride’s wishes during the planning process (it’s hard to say no to Mom even when you’re grown!). My job is to ensure your day is perfect. I don’t have to go to next year’s family reunion … you do! So I don’t mind telling them no!

Sleep Provider: If you google wedding checklists, your mind will be blown. There are thousands of them out there. But none of them are customized to your event. No check list out there can ask you every single question about your wedding because no two weddings are ever the same. With me, you can sleep knowing that I’ve already thought about making sure the linen is delivered before the wedding cake … but after the venue has set up the tables.

D-I-Y Enabler: With the launch of planning websites such as pinterest, the D-I-Y’ers are in heaven! But did you stop to think about who is going to put out 200 individually wrapped Hershey kisses at each place setting for an afternoon wedding in the sun? How about those five burlap wrapped votive candle holders you made for every guest table? These things all take time to unpack, set out, and then repack at the end of the night.

Personal Assistant: Most clients I work with have school, jobs, family obligations and pets. With 70 hours of your week already spoken for, that doesn’t leave much time for wedding planning. I’ll keep you on task and do a lot of the communicating for you.

Custodial Engineer: Yes, I’m also the clean up crew! When the sparklers have sparkled, or the bubbles have popped and everyone (including you and your mom) have gone, I’m there boxing up everything that belongs to you to pick up the next day or gathering rental items that need to be returned to the florist. Your family and friends have traveled in from out-of-town to see you, so you and your family shouldn’t be stuck cleaning up.

Your Advocate: I work for you. No one else. Venue coordinators work for their venue. They will coordinate all of your needs at your venue. But rarely will they get into details such as who is walking Grandma down the aisle? Or how are the bridesmaids getting home after the reception because they rode in a limo to the wedding. And I’m not responsible for giving more revenue to the venue. I want to save you money there when I can.

HOW ABOUT A DAY OF COORDINATOR?
So now you’re convinced having someone help is an asset and think a “day of” coordinator is all you need. Imagine this: You walk into your Mother’s kitchen while she’s cooking a dinner for 30 guests coming for dinner. Every eye on the stove has something simmering or boiling. Both racks in the oven are piled with cookie sheets and pans. There’s three mixing bowls on the counter filled with dough and sauces. Got that picture in your head? Okay, now imagine Mom hands you the apron and walks out the door saying “the recipes are on the counter.” To me, there is no way I can effectively manage your wedding when I walk into the kitchen 2 hours before dinner is served. There is no way for me to know enough about you and your dream to be able to coordinate an event as important as your wedding. I definitely don’t feel comfortable making last minute decisions on your behalf so that you can enjoy your family and friends. I need to meet with you to listen to the words you use to describe what’s important to you. I listen for those adjectives you throw out without even know you’re doing it. Meeting with you several times in advance and seeing what decisions you make during the planning, empower me to feel confident making decisions for you on your wedding day.

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