Wedding Planning - Hiring A Wedding Consultants
A wealth of wedding planning information can be had both online and through wedding planning books. It is our hope that OurDreamWedding is one of the many sources you find yourself turning to while planning your wedding day. Sometimes, even with all the books and websites available, brides may still need to turn to yet another source of help--the help of a wedding consultant (also known as a wedding planner or wedding coordinator).
Brides of today often have very hectic schedules. Not only do many hold down a full time job, they often also tend to a handful of other tasks that fill their daily agenda. You may be one of these busy brides and if the thought of adding another gargantuan task to your schedule is enough to send your head spinning, you may want to consider the option of hiring a wedding consultant. We’re not saying every bride needs the extra help, but professional planners can certainly come in handy if the bride feels she needs one. It takes a lot of time and effort to orchestrate such a big and important event. If you feel the need to hire a wedding consultant, don’t be afraid to turn to that option.
Wedding consultants are great for a variety of reasons. Brides dealing with busy schedules will find the consultant’s expertise and ability to take over much of the extra legwork for them priceless. Consultants may also be called in if the wedding is to be big and a lot of extensive planning is entailed. Planning a wedding for 300 can be quite an undertaking even for the bride with the non-hectic schedule. This is when a wedding consultant can step in and really help ease the mind of the bride.
Consultants can be hired to completely organize and plan the entire wedding from square one or they can be hired to help with only specific duties. They are also often hired to attend only the wedding day itself to coordinate each detail of the day and make sure everything falls into place, as it should, when it should.
Not only can wedding consultants tell you which reception site will be your best pick, they also have extensive knowledge on etiquette issues. This can be most helpful especially if you anticipate any sticky family situations or other complex issues. The consultant can clear up these situations and undo etiquette issues that become a challenge.
If you’re worried about which photographer to choose, how to pick the right caterer or which florist to hire, a wedding consultant can help you with these decisions as well. Being in the wedding field day in and day out, wedding consultants form business relationships with many other wedding vendors. These vendors want the repeat business recommendations given by the wedding consultants, so they build trustworthy relationships and ensure the quality of service raved about by the consultant.
Should you choose to hire a consultant to help you with your wedding planning needs, be sure to do your homework before deciding on the person whom you’ll entrust your wedding to. It’s best to interview several consultants before making a decision. It’s important to choose someone with a personality compatible with yours. The consultant will be in contact with you often and you’ll both be involved in the planning together, so choose an individual that suits your personality. Be sure the consultant is attentive to your wants. It's a good idea to also be open to their ideas, as they are experts in the field and can offer up a wide variety of fresh touches to add to your wedding day. The consultant should ultimately be able to put your ideas to work while offering their own ideas if the bride wishes her to.
Begin your search by getting recommendations from other brides, friends and family. Your other wedding vendors would be a good source as well. You may also find it helpful to check with the Association of Bridal Consultants.
When interviewing the consultants, ask up front about how they charge for their services. It’s very probable that they’ll charge in one of three ways: a flat fee, a percentage of the entire wedding cost or an hourly rate. After considering and choosing a wedding consultant, be sure to get everything discussed and agreed upon drawn up in a contract. Make sure all details, including fees and services included, are included in the contract.