He asked and you said yes, the moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here. It’s time to plan your wedding and you can’t wait to get started! Some brides have rocked out party after party and have been to countless weddings. They know exactly what they want. Then you have other brides that are the polar opposite or somewhere in between. Over the years, I’ve captured hundreds of weddings, some with and some without a planner. There is a HUGE difference between the two, even when both are successful events.
The big question is, how can a wedding planner help you no matter what type of bride you are? I reached out to, Pea to Tree Events, Tracie Domino Events, and the Catering Sales Manager for the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach to help put into perspective 3 key points to consider.
Selecting your venue typically finalizes your wedding date so it’s usually one of the first items booked. Believe me when I tell you the wedding industry is huge. There are so many options, it can become overwhelming very quickly. Even if you know what you want…putting it all together is a lot of work and takes a ton of time. Experienced wedding planners know the ins and outs of venues and vendors which can be a huge asset to any couple getting started. Georgette Casimir with Pea to Tree Events sums it up perfectly,
“Your life is busy filled with work, school, loved ones…the list goes on and on. There’s so much that goes into the planning process and a planner can save you time, money and stress. We spend a great deal of time to build relationships with vendors, which benefit you when trying to secure a venue or favorite vendor. Once we get to know your style and vision, we can connect you with the perfect vendor to help create your dream creative team.”
Many don’t know this…but there’s a big difference between a wedding planner and a catering sales manager. They have different titles, because they have two completely different responsibilities. I reached out to the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach‘s catering sales manager, Sarah McChesney, and here’s what she has to say about the roles of planners and managers:
“Catering sales managers are focused on connecting the Brides dream wedding picture to the venue itself. We are there to assist the Bride and Groom with anything related to the venue. We tend to act as a liaison between the Bride and the venues operating team. This can be anything from set up to break down, tables and chairs, in-house catering, valet parking, etc. A wedding planner is purely focused on the nitty gritty details of your wedding and helps coordinate your day from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. They ensure that your day will run as smooth as possible and can help with any bumps along the way. Both people are very important players to have with you on your wedding day!”
You’ve planned your dream wedding without issue or a planner. You’ve chosen your creative team carefully and your timeline is in perfect order. Here is my final key factor for you to consider. You can’t plan for the unexpected, so when it happens, who is going to handle it? At a recent wedding, an unexpected issue unfolded as the reception was about to begin. The couple hired Tracie Domino of Tracie Domino Events and because of her and her team, everything stayed on track and nobody knew the unexpected had ever happened.
“We think of planning a wedding day like putting on a Broadway show with no dress rehearsal. We always have a plan A, B and C for anything that can happen or come up unexpectedly. Our goal is for the couple to never be worried and know that whatever happens we have a whole team of people available to figure it out and take care of it for them.” – Tracie Domino
At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide if a wedding planner is right for you. If you take anything away from this Guide, I hope that it is to at least consider a planner and talk with them to see how you can benefit from an experienced, passionate, professional wedding planner.
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