The responsibilities of a wedding planner are some of the most important leading up to and on the day of a wedding. These professionals often juggle coordinating multiple rehearsal dinners, weddings, and receptions at one time. As many weddings are typically planned up to a year in advance, the wedding planner must be an extremely organized and time-oriented person. For those interested in becoming or learning more about wedding planning, here is some information:
There are many steps involved in coordinating a wedding with a planner. The planner must meet with the couple to plan out the events that will happen preceding, during, and after the wedding, as well as the budget, colors, and general style of the couple. This initial meeting is very important for the planner, as it will begin to outline the wedding events and all the details that must accompany this special occurrence.
Some wedding planners choose to “specialize” in a certain area. While they are well-rehearsed in all areas of wedding planning, some may be extremely organized and detail-oriented, while others have fantastic style taste that will help with choosing the wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen tuxedos, flowers, lighting, invitations, etc. Still others may have experience in counseling and negotiation, which may be useful if the bride/groom/parents are having trouble agreeing on certain aspects.
Many planners have favorite vendors they like to recommend to couples. Listening to these recommendations could be a good idea, as the vendors are likely to have a good relationship with the planner. Even if you don’t choose a specific vendor due to cost or a date conflict, asking for other recommendations could lead to an even better vendor arrangement.
On a side note for couples: you should always make sure your planner is or can become very acquainted with your wedding venue. If they don’t take the time to visit the space and talk to the venue manager/person in charge, they won’t understand specifics such as who can be used as vendors, what time they can set up, when people need to leave, and exactly how much space can be used. To planners: visit the venue! Ask a lot of questions, and maybe read up on the venue beforehand.
For those who are considering becoming wedding planners, understanding a few desirable characteristics may be very helpful. When looking for a wedding planner, many people ask other married couples for recommendations. Always end an event-driven relationship on a good note! Be attentive, responsive, and accessible.