How To Choose The Right Wedding Planner
Before we get into this topic, let me say that I do think some wedding planners are worth every penny they charge. And before you say to yourself, No, not me; I’ll set boundaries from the start,” just remember that frantic brides won’t always respect those boundaries and an unresponsive wedding planner can turn into a very disappointed client, whether it was your fault or not.
Consultations also give you the opportunity to ask how much time the planner will be able to devote to your wedding (some have full-time jobs and plan on weekends, while others might take multiple weddings on the same day), get to know the planner’s past projects, and ask about their education.
Some organizations offer voluntary certifications in wedding planning, including the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners and the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants Although not required, the certifications can be helpful in attracting clients and proving knowledge.
Examples of items included on this list might include the following: photographer, flowers, ceremony location and fees, reception location, wedding favors, bridal gown and tuxedo for the bride and groom, formal wear for the wedding party, the wedding rings, invitations and stationary, music and entertainment, names of hotels for out of town guests, and gifts for family members.
In the Wedding Planner Certificate Program, Joyce covers all aspects of the profession, raising the bar for every student, demanding more out of them and requiring that they work hard to do their best, which prepares them to become well-rounded professionals equipped to handle even the most challenging of situations and excel in the hospitality marketplace. Wedding rings are just as important, if not more so. Looking for the perfect bridal set or engagement ring? Shop around and check the reviews of two or three diamond jewelry stores.
The reality of the situation is this: wedding planning certification is not a necessary if you already possess the relevant business expertise and are already proficient enough to handle the details, design, color and networking involved in planning a wedding.
Well, if you must balance your checkbook, empty the dishwasher, lay out tomorrow’s outfit, answer all your emails and before you can to to sleep at night, then you’re a details person and would probably not only feel at home planning your own wedding but planning weddings for a living.
Not only did it help us pick a planner, but it also helped us decide on aspects of the wedding that were more or less important to us. And absolutely network, network – we found several day-of-coordinators who keep their rates at half the local standard by not doing any advertising – all their clients are strictly by word of mouth.
I am always on the go with how busy my life is and so when the time came that I needed to start preparing to plan for my wedding I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t afford to pay a wedding planner and have the wedding of my dreams on the budget that I had set in my head.