Wedding planning consultant
Most people that plan to get married strive to set
aside sufficient funds to spend on that special day,
but they are so busy working that they don't always
have time to spend planning their own wedding. This
is where a wedding consultant proves to be a godsend.
A wedding planner assists the bride and groom plan the
day they so look forward to.
A wedding consultant or wedding planner is a facilitator
and a mediator. A good wedding consultant remains calm
in the face of disaster. The planner must be affable
and a good mediator. In addition to their interpersonal
skills, a wedding planner must possess impressive business
skills. A wedding consultant must have a good sense
of fashion. Planning a wedding can get frustrating and
so the wedding planner acts as a therapist to calm frazzled
nerves. First hand knowledge of various religions is
also imperative, since religious weddings are very common.
To keep up with the latest trends, a bridal consultant
must spend a lot of time reading bridal magazines. Networking
is very important to a consultant, as establishing good
connections ensure good deals.
Duties and advantages
Throughout the wedding planning process, the planner
assesses the couple's needs. Factors like what kind
of wedding they want to have, how many people will attend
and the overall budget all have to be taken into consideration.
The planner provides the couple with connections to
professionals such as photographers, bands and florists.
The planner helps the couple pick a style for their
wedding and begins the search for the venue immediately.
The site of the wedding and reception is the most important
decision to make and is also the most time consuming.
The planner makes sure that the chosen venues are available.
The consultant is also the wedding organizer. It is
the duty of the planner to assist the couple with the
decisions they have to make. It is the planner who reminds
the couple to provide the final head count to the caterer
or to mail the invitations on a specific date. The couple
saves a lot of time because the planner keeps track
of all those little things that might get lost in the
confusion. A good wedding planner will be able to assist
in organizing, budgeting and purchasing services for
the wedding. Part of the reason why clients hire wedding
consultants is to save money and their fees should be
viewed as part of the wedding budget and not an extra
Sometimes an overconfident wedding planner can try
to convince the couple into having a wedding that they're
not ready for yet. Ultimately, it is the wedding planners
who are in charge of the weddings, so a careless planner
can ruin the entire ceremony. There are a lot of scam
artists out there, people who boast of organizing and
conducting a lot of weddings when they haven't done
any. Hiring such a person would spell disaster. It is
crucial to conduct a thorough research on the planner's
references. A wedding planner can also cost you money.
Expect their fee to be anywhere from 5% to 20 % of the
total wedding budget.