Thursday, November 20, 2008

FAQs: Why Hire a Wedding Planner/Coordinator?

Once upon a time, a wedding planner or coordinator was considered more of a luxury only to be afforded by the most lavish wedding budgets. Today, however, more and more brides are seeing the value of a highly knowledgeable and organized planner. Even those who consider themselves "budget brides" are finding that a coordinator could be their most valuable tool in planning a wedding on a budget. Below we tackle some of the most frequently asked questions when considering a wedding planner or coordinator.

Wedding Coordinator or Wedding Planner - What's the difference? Is it for me?

Planning a wedding can be very stressful. A wedding planner or coordinator will be there to help reduce the stress by managing and organizing all of the details.

Planners take a more hands on role in the planning stages of your wedding. They can help find and book vendors, answer etiquette questions, assist in choosing invitations, decor, etc. - basically help in putting together every detail of your wedding. They also step in to coordinate everything the day of. This is a great option for a bride who wants the assurance of hiring reliable vendors and the peace of mind that they are getting the most for their budget. It is also the ideal choice for a bride that has a demanding schedule, since a planner can help weed through options and assure that no detail in overlooked.

A wedding coordinator typically commences their services closer to the wedding day. Coordinating services are a great option for brides who have planned all the details of their wedding on their own but would like some professional help to execute all their plans the day of the wedding. A coordinator allows the bride, groom, and their guests to relax and fully enjoy their wedding day. A coordinator sees to it that your wishes are conveyed and your vision for your big day is played out the way you have envisioned it.

Won't a wedding planner take away from the fun of planning it ourselves?

A wedding planner is not there to make decisions for you, but rather to aid you in making informed decisions. It is YOUR wedding and a good planner would never want to deprive you of the fun of planning! They are there to do as little or as much as you need them to. You make all of the ultimate decisions; they make sure that everything is executed according to YOUR plan.

We have family and friends that have offered to help us. Do we really need a coordinator?

While many brides are lucky enough to have the help of family and friends, most realize that they want their guests to be guests and not working on their wedding day. Our wedding coordinators are there from start to finish, set up to break down. They attend to the bride, groom, the wedding party, and guests, and manage your vendors. They are trained to tackle logistical or timeline issues with ease and expertise. A family member or friend may feel apprehensive about making these decisions on your behalf. A wedding coordinator will allow your family and friends to enjoy and experience this special day at your side, rather than running around fussing with vendors and details.

My site comes with a coordinator. Do I really need to hire one on my own?

I talk to lots of brides who find themselves confused about the role of their site coordinator vs their wedding coordinator. Simply put, as helpful and vital as a site coordinator is, they work for the venue. A wedding coordinator works for YOU, the bride. We have your best interest at heart at all times. Your wedding planner or coordinator will work closely with you prior to your big day to fully understand your vision, and works to make it a reality. It is also the role of your wedding coordinator to help manage the set up and timeline of other contracted vendors such as your photographer, florist, and DJ. This is not typically a job that is assumed by a site coordinator.

How much is a wedding planner/coordinator? I am not sure I can afford one in my budget.

Most brides come to realize that they can't afford NOT to hire a wedding coordinator! It is not uncommon for couples to actually SAVE money by taking advantage of the recommendations and possible discounts that a planner can offer. Hiring a wedding consultant can save you both time and money, while avoiding costly mistakes along the way.

At V3 Weddings and Events we realize our clients are unique, each with an individualized list of needs, wants and desires specific to making their wedding the perfect one. With this in mind, we offer a full range of services, from full service wedding design and planning, to day of coordination, to specific individual services needed to ensure your day is flawless. Pricing is based on time involved, locations, size of the event, and most importantly, your specific needs and budget. Most couples find that the expense of a wedding planner or coordinator is often their best money spent and the return is worth much more that their investment! The benefits are sure to outweigh the expense!

Still not sure if planning or coordinating services are right for you?

Take advantage of our FREE consultation! It is an opportunity to get to know us, ask us questions, and produce a plan that is tailored to you and your needs! This can be done in person or over the phone, whichever is most convenient for you. Fill out the inquiry form on our website or send us an email to learn more.


1 comment:

  1. Hi Vanessa! I couldn't agree with you more. As a florist, I LOVE when the bride has a wedding planner because the wedding tends to be so much more organized, detailed, and runs more smoothly. Which makes my job that much easier! Great post!


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