Obviously every planner is different so for specific expectations you want to refer to your contract. There are some basic expectations though that I will go over as well as what NOT to expect. For starters, your wedding planner is your GUIDE. Much like when you take a tour you would have a tour guide but you still have to do the walking, your wedding planner is going to give you advice and can save you a lot of time but they are not going to do everything for you.
Your budget is most likely going to be one of the first things you go over with your planner. It would be difficult to make suggestions on venues and vendors without knowing what your budget is. Many vendors have a variety of pricing but if I know a vendor has a minimum of order of $5000 then it would be foolish for me to suggest that to someone with a $2000 budget. It;s like looking at a house that is out of budget. You would be bound to fall in love with that and end up having to settle and feel like you aren’t getting what you really want. Sometimes your wedding planner has to be your voice of reason as well.
One of the things that can be the most stressful throughout the planning process is choosing your vendors. There are hundreds of vendors for just about every category and it’s difficult to know who to trust or who fits into your theme the most. Wedding planners have lots of vendors in their list that fit many budgets and personalities. This is a huge value to you to relieve that stress of choosing vendors.
Have you ever felt like you have a vision in your head that you can’t quite relay to the rest of the world? That’s another thing your planner can help you with. I have a list of questions that I ask my couples and the questionnaire may seem daunting but it really is the best way to get a feel for exactly what you true vision is. My job is to make your wedding unique and bring in the couple’s personality into all the aspects of your celebration.
Now comes the part of the planners job that is most visible. Your planner will coordinate your rehearsal and wedding day. This is most often the aspect that is most known to couples. I like to use the rehearsal to introduce myself to the wedding party and family members and then I establish an expectation for the wedding day. On the actual day of the wedding I am there to check in with vendors as well as coordinating the ceremony and many aspects of the reception. I am there to keep the timeline and make sure all the vendors are on the same page with all the important details of the day. My goal is for you to be fully mentally, spiritually, and physically present in every moment of your day without being bothered by all those little details.
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