by Dusty King of King's Event Planning
“With life comes changes, sometimes we can encompass them, sometimes we must be able to relinquish total control.” Dusty King 2013
As a Wedding Consultant and Planner I have found in recent years this area of the Wedding Industry has grown by leaps and bounds. There are thousands of listings for Wedding associates of any kind now. As schedules get busier, and lives become more hectic and last minute becomes a way of life, sometimes professional help is needed. A planner can do anything from full wedding planner to day of coordinator. Depending on your level of busy, and your ability to accomplish necessary tasks in order for your event to be successful, you can consider what services you really would like help with. Often you will hear women who have planned their own weddings directly afterwards say “Man, I wish I had hired some help!” Weddings are fun, and wonderful events, but they are also one of the most stressful events you will ever go through in your life. A wedding is one of those moments that little girls dream about all of their lives, and when the time comes, if the vision is unachievable because they can't do it by themselves often women will melt down! So not only as a planner do I recommend that every bride have professional help, I planned my own wedding several years ago because it was something I loved to do and I will tell you now I wish I had considered allowing someone to help me! Now when you get to that point to where you are considering hiring that Professional help, I want to give you a few pointers in the things you really need to pay attention to!
Well now that I've expanded probably more than you wanted me too, I will leave you with an amazing piece of information. Having to rely on a professional to help you with your big day is not the end of the world. Actually most brides who have used one will tell you, it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship and an amazing event that they will carry with them the rest of their lives! Now go forth and do your research!
Dusty King is a great long-term friend of mine and also happens to be an event planner. She's amazing for guest blogging for me today, and provides valuable information!
My request to her was because I had a recent experience with a wedding planner that was not as great as it should have been, which is not great as a fellow vendor. We were given the incorrect last name of the couple, which wasn't discovered until my husband (who performed the wedding) pronounced them to the guests at the end of the ceremony! We also weren't informed that there was going to be a unity candle ceremony, so we had to make up the wording on the spot. The planner was also the photographer, without an assistant at all. I'm thinking that the couple didn't get nearly as many photos as they would have liked, and if I hadn't assisted in the final touches of decorations, coordinating the processional and pinning flowers, the couple would not have been very pleased at all. There was an issue with the marriage license (which I won't go into), but I know we got a call a couple weeks later about it and couldn't get in touch with the planner, who had said she'd send it in. Finally, we did not receive contact information for the couple to follow up, which for most vendors, this is a very big part of our service. We want to know how we did and what we need to improve. Am I right? Customer service, baby.
Make sure that if you hire a planner, you know who they are hiring for you. If you see that they are attempting double duty, ask that they bring an assistant to help with one of the roles or that they hire someone else to fill that other role. Make sure that your planner is reputable and get references (this is the same for ANY vendor for ANY service you need, not just for your wedding). But most of all, make sure that your planner is a good fit for you and your wedding day!
Now that we've gone over the fun stuff, here's the really GOOD stuff.
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I'm Rebecca, owner and clergy for True Hearts Weddings. I love performing weddings, I love my 4 children, and I love life.