He asked. You said yes. You have your ring. What next? Your wedding planning choices…. Most brides or couples today, together with the Internet and their closest friends, choose to plan their own wedding. Most do a fantastic job. Frankly, I applaud their planning efforts. So if that is the case and it’s that easy then why do couples need a Wedding Consultant? It is simple, couples can’t be everywhere. Couples need to look for a consultant who offers a variety of services to meet the different needs of today’s couples.
For the couple who has the time, energy and patience to plan on their own, I say, go for it. Personally, for me that is the fun part, which is why I became a consultant. This couple is still going to need help tying up loose ends and with the little things on the day of the wedding. On that day, the couple will be busy enough preparing themselves for the ceremony let alone checking on other details such as the flowers or ensuring the reception site is ready as contracted. Their parents will busy with out of town guests and family consequently, they cannot do it. Their friends tend to get caught up in the excitement and forget they are part of what is happening, instead of watching it. In swoops the wedding consultant to save everyone’s sanity. This service is called, Day of or Month Of planning. Here the consultant is charged with organizing, orchestrating, implementing and the development of a plan and a backup for anything that could possibly go wrong with the rehearsal, ceremony and/or the reception.
For couples who want/need help getting started or guidance along the way, Partial Planning Services would be best. These couples do most of the work themselves with a planner serving as a consultant, that is making sure the chores involved in planning their big day are completed in a timely fashion, while also assisting the couple stay within their budget. Ideas should flow in both ways. The consultant has to be able to hear what the couple is saying and be able to translate that idea into a doable service or be honest enough to say this is not going to come out the way you wish and have a workable solution. Honesty and tact are key to assisting the couple in creating their dream day. Friends tend to agree with the couple, when in their hearts they hate an idea, for the sake of maintaining their relationship. Family members tend to disagree with the couple’s ideas. In my experience, they relate to what they’ve seen or done in the past or would want to do themselves. The consultant has no bias, consequently (usually) gives sound advice based on input from the couple.
The last kind of wedding planning service is Full Service Planning, is also the most expensive service. Couples who choose this service are generally very busy or get bogged down when confronted with too many choices. They only want to know when and where to be, thus, the consultant to does all of the running around, research and then presents the couple with two to three choices in each area of the preparation. This level of assistance requires open and honest communication between the couple and their consultant. Failure to communicate by either party can end with disastrous results.
The wedding planning choices presented, represent the general levels of services offered by most Wedding Planning services. There are many more options available depending on your needs. The difference between a good consultant and a great one is not in what they do but how they do it. If you have any questions or would like to use our services, do not hesitate to contact us at https://dreamwellc.com.