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Bridal Consultant, Wedding Planner, or Day-of Coordinator? November 11, 2008
Some people don’t understand or appreciate the benefits of having a wedding planner or bridal consultant. So, this week, I will explain a few of the things that I do, here at Designer Events and why it makes such a difference to have a professional help you with the most important day in your life.
You may have noticed that I used two terms for my profession here. Let me explain. The terms can be used interchangeably, but there is a slight difference. A wedding planner will help you with the design and layout of the aesthetics, as well as reviewing vendor contracts to make sure you don’t get in a bind, and can offer many other services ranging from the assembly and mailing of invitations to shopping. Basically, a wedding planner helps you plan your wedding. On the other hand, a bridal consultant is a consultant. He or she is there to give you advice and make recommendations. The confusing part is that a consultant can also do planning and a planner can also give advice. That’s why I say the terms can be interchangeable. But, now you know the basics.
Today, I want to emphasize the benefits of having a day-of coordinator. I tell just about every bride I know that even if you don’t want to hire the full services of a wedding planner, please hire a wedding day coordinator. You and your family want to enjoy this day and you would be making it very hard on yourself if you try to do all the wedding day work. You need someone to direct the rehearsal, tell the wedding party when to walk down the aisle, save the day when the officiant’s mic isn’t working, and keep the photographer, DJ and other vendors updated on the reception schedule as it comes. It is also very helpful to have a professional who can spot potential problems and fix them before they happen.
Don’t try to do it all. You will have a much better time if there is someone constantly watching over the event to make sure it all happens the way you want it to.