Are wedding bells in your future? Congratulations!
While you’ll soon experience one of the most monumental days of your life, pulling off your Pinterest-perfect wedding requires months of planning. From the venues and caterers to the photographer and DJ, the little details tend to overwhelm the betrothed. But Hiring a wedding planner helps alleviate the stress.
Here are different service options when hiring a wedding planner, which come with different prices.
A full-service planner helps you plan everything from start to finish for the wedding day. They help you create (and stick to) your budget, manage your planning timeline, recommend and hire vendors, help with event design, and facilitate venue tours.
And that’s just the beginning. Full-service planners will help you with your guest list, invitations, RSVPs, day-of timelines, floor plans and on-site management. Basically, they’re there to take the stress out of your wedding day so you can focus on what really matters: enjoying the celebration.
Partial wedding planners offer all of the expertise of a full-time planner—but only for the aspects of your choosing.
There are two major ways part-time planners help to-be-weds.
The first: Giving vendor recommendations. Since planners spend time cultivating relationships with vendors, they can give you a list of trusted pros to work with. You do the contacting, negotiating and managing, but your planner would be there to provide design support and on-site execution.
It feels like a win-win because you’ll get good referrals from a trusted source plus your planners’ creative eye.
Coordinator or On-Site Event Manager
This wedding pro will step in much closer to your wedding day (anywhere from four to eight weeks out). Don't let the name fool you, coordinating your wedding effectively and professionally requires experience, skill, time and some advanced planning, so month-of coordination usually starts four to eight weeks from your date.
These pros will review final vendor contracts, finalize day-of needs (last minute details, payments, tipping), conduct the final walk-through, finalize your day-of timeline, organize your floor plans and guest count, work with your vendor team, and coordinate the wedding rehearsal and wedding day.
Last, but certainly not least are event designers. This type of professional is very different from a planner, which may come as a surprise to many to-be-weds.
While planners handle logistics, timelines and other vendors, an event designer handles your floor plan and the overall wedding aesthetic. They’ll listen to your ideas and assess the logistical parameters of your wedding by viewing the space and working within your budget. They’ll develop a cohesive and stylish look, feel, mood and overall aesthetic of your wedding day in a realistic way.
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