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Thinking About a Wedding Planner? Here’s What You Need to Know

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When you’re planning a wedding, you want all the help you can get. The preparations can get a bit stressful at times, to say the least.

Hire a wedding planner and you can lower the stress levels considerably. Often, these people have had bags of experience in planning weddings and can really help you to hold the celebration of your dreams.

Still not sure? Here’s some more information about how wedding planners work and other things you need to know before you hire one:

Service types

Wedding planners offer two types of service: a full planning service or a coordination service. The former service means hiring your planner to get involved from day one of the planning and see the organisation of the wedding through from start to finish. When the wedding day ends, their work is done. The coordination services involves you and your bridesmaids doing most of the planning, and the planner will come in a few weeks before the wedding day to tie up the loose ends and will also be there on the day to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Duties

Wedding planners perform all sorts of duties to make planning your wedding easier. One of the benefits of hiring a wedding planner is that they’ll be able to tell you what’s hot and what’s not wedding-wise so you can follow the trends if you wish to. After meeting with you to find out everything they can about what you want for your wedding, they’ll send you a proposal with details of what they plan to do for your wedding.

Wedding planners set up a realistic budget, devise a plan that sets out all the details of your wedding, find the right venue, hire and organise vendors — such as florists, caterers, photographers and DJs — check vendor contracts, handle wedding invitations and manage the wedding day (which includes supervising the set up and the vendors).

As well as taking care of the practical side of wedding planning, the planner will also act as a spokesperson for you. They’ll do the talking for you if you have trouble communicating your wishes to family members or getting them to agree with your choices.

Working with vendors

Wedding planners will have lots of contacts within the industry and will be able to make appropriate recommendations. They may also be able to secure discounts from vendors for you. One thing to note is that some wedding planners may receive a commission or other type of payment for recommending certain vendors. Make sure the wedding planner is working in your best interests, rather than their own financial interests.

Contracts

When you hire a wedding planner, you should always have a contract that sets out their responsibilities, the costs, payment schedules, expenses and deposits. There’s the chance that costs could increase, so the contract should outline will what happen if this occurs. The contract must also outline provisions regarding what will happen if the wedding planner doesn’t meet their obligations or if you decide to cancel the contract.

Don’t forget that your wedding planner should have superb organisational skills, which includes how they work with you. If they seem hard to contact or take a long time to return your calls or emails, it’s best to keep looking so that you find a planner you feel you can trust. A good wedding planner — and there are lots of them out of there — will take the stress right out of organising your wedding so that you can concentrate on the important business of enjoying the day.

By Peter Jenkins

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