Keeping in mind that your wedding will most likely be the largest and certainly the most emotionally charged party you will ever throw, hiring a Wedding Consultant just makes sense. They should be at the top of your wedding vendor list.
They can take much of the legwork out of the planning process, allowing you and your fiance to relax and enjoy being the guests of honor at your wedding. Considering that it often takes as many as 250 hours to plan a wedding, I would ask, “How much is YOUR time worth?”
You should contact a professional wedding consultant as soon as the engagement ring goes on your finger. Every bridal consultant, event coordinator, wedding planner and wedding specialist is different. From wedding to wedding, the job of a wedding planner is never the same. Some of them work alone, some of them have a part time assistant or two and some of them have a large staff. Some of them will coordinate, oversee, and manage “your plans” and some of them will “create” the wedding that you want from your “wish list.” They make sure that all of their client’s best laid plans are carried out on your wedding day to ensure you can enjoy your day to the fullest.
Hire a competent Wedding Consultant. Anyone that belongs to the Association of Bridal Consultants is a good pick. They are professionals – trust them. They know what is in style and what will look good. A consultant will ease the stress level of everyone involved… including you! They will offer vendor choices to the bride based on that information and will set up and attend interviews along with the bride.
Aside from planning and organizational skills, they have negotiating abilities, and business acumen, budgeting and project management abilities, creative flair, people skills and much more.
Can’t afford one? A Wedding Consultant may be much more affordable than you think. You will save your own time and effort and save money because they know who to call to get the best deals. They will make sure you get all the details “in writing.” No matter how small the detail, make sure it is in your contract. As the bride, you don’t want to be running around taking care of logistics or (worst case scenario) putting out fires.
Wedding consultants not only have a lot of know-how when it comes to coordination, but they also have a lot of valuable relationships with other vendors that can end up saving you quite a bit of money in the long run. They can help you stay on track with your budget, allocate funds correctly, and steer you in the right direction so you won’t have to waste money on having to learn things the hard way when it comes to vendors, deposits, favors, an experienced wedding officiant, catering, etc.
The bottom line is… most of today’s brides are hiring wedding vendors from the Internet rather than at the recommendation of a wedding professional. Most brides do not know how to create wedding day time-lines. Most brides do not know how to manage transportation. Most brides do not know how to write rental orders. Most brides do not understand that DIY (do it yourself) can spell disaster. Most brides think they can manage their wedding planning but as the day approaches, realize how little they have time for.
Most brides do not understand that having a planner with them throughout the planning process will actually save them time, energy and money! There has never been a better time to explain the importance of a qualified wedding planner. Take the time to educate yourself.
The Association of Bridal Consultants is the only organization exclusively dedicated to serving wedding professionals worldwide. They have 4,000+ members who encompass the entire scope of the wedding industry and strive to increase wedding industry professionalism. I have been a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants since 2008 and hang out with the wedding consultants in the Greater Phoenix Area. Our monthly meetings are all about training wedding consultants and vendor members to be aware of the latest trends and to help us be the best we can be. If you need a referral to a Wedding Consultant give me a call on my Cell. Need a reference for my services as a Professional Wedding Consultant, click here!
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Copyright © 2014 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.
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