Friday, March 26, 2010

The Rest

Here is the last half of the article from Monday...

Timeline and Details
Your wedding day is one big orchestrated event and it needs to be planned out. A wedding planner is able to put together a comprehensive timeline for all other vendors. Timelines are essential for the day to run smoothly. This timeline is massive and will include every single detail of your wedding. All of your vendors will know what is happening and when. She will be the go to person for your wedding and she will get each vendor ready for each event happening. When everything is in place for let’s say the cake cutting (DJ cued, photographer cued and catering staff cued), she will come to the bride and groom and let them know it is time. If there was no planner, the DJ will ask the bride and groom to do the cake, the photographer may have to shuffle the bride and groom around to make sure they have a shot and hopefully the catering staff is ready to cut after the bride and groom have. I hear from a lot of photographers that they end up being the coordinator at a wedding if there is not one, how are they supposed to do their job if they are doing the job of another? A wedding planner will take care of ALL the details for your wedding day. She knows what the order of your processional is, where your favor is placed, where the table names go and what your centerpieces look like, among many other details. She will make sure it is executed how you want it to be. If she wasn’t there, who would do it? Family? They should be spending this day with you; helping you get ready and taking pictures, not worrying about favor placement or if your cake got there on time. The venue? The venue is worried about other things besides the all little details (they do worry about certain details but not ALL of them) and many places will not do set up for you. A friend? Don’t you want them to be able to enjoy the day with you and be a guest at your wedding? A wedding planner will make sure your timeline and details are taken care of.

Wedding Day
After all of the hard work planning, you should be able to relax on your wedding day. You, your fiancĂ© and your families should have nothing to do except enjoy themselves. Most brides have been dreaming, fantasizing, planning and preparing for this day since they were 14 – you want to make sure it is everything you want it to be. I am sure that includes spending time with your family; not having them setup your wedding. Your wedding planner will be able to accomplish this. You have given your planner all the details for your wedding day and all she has to do is execute. She will take care of the setup and tear down of your wedding. At my company, we do anything that needs to be done. Even though we plan as much as we can, sometimes there are small things that come up during the day – unexpected issues. A professional planner is able to address the issues and come up with a workable solution for all involved. She is able to do this because of her experience and her knowledge of the industry. But your wedding planner will make sure you never have to deal with or see them. A friend or family may not be able to accomplish the same thing – which may in turn cause stress for those helping and yourself. If you hire a wedding planner, you may never even know anything out of the ordinary happened. And that is the sign that you are a genius at wedding planning – you hired someone to take care of everything so you can fully enjoy your day.

I hope this gives you insight in why planner cost what they do and why you should have one. I would be happy to address any further questions or concerns you may have!

Picture courtsey of Becky Young Photography