Give your wed­ding wor­ries to a plan­ner

The Press - Zest - - Wedding Bells -

If the thought of pre­par­ing for one of the most mo­men­tous days of your life sends chills of ap­pre­hen­sion down your spine, you might con­sider putting the ar­range­ments in the hands of a wed­ding plan­ner.

For most peo­ple, the wed­ding they are or­gan­is­ing is their first ex­pe­ri­ence of as­sem­bling such an event and there is nat­u­rally some trep­i­da­tion when they con­tem­plate all the tasks that have to be taken care of as the months and weeks tick by.

A plan­ner can take the bur­den off your shoul­ders in a va­ri­ety of ways.

They will:

Help cre­ate the per­fect wed­ding for you – the venue, colour scheme, theme, mu­sic, cater­ing and so on.

Help you to put to­gether a bud­get and keep track of ex­pen­di­ture.

Sug­gest peo­ple or com­pa­nies that will suit your bud­get and ideas.

For­mu­late a plan­ning sched­ule so that you know what has been done and what needs to be taken care of.

Save you some money (your plan­ner will have use­ful con­nec­tions)

Take care of any emer­gen­cies, giv­ing peace of mind.

You will need to choose your plan­ner care­fully. Word of mouth is al­ways good, es­pe­cially in a smaller com­mu­nity. Ring and see if you like them over the phone. You need to feel com­fort­able with them and it is im­por­tant that they demon­strate knowl­edge and com­pe­tence. It may be that they have a qual­i­fi­ca­tion in event man­age­ment and a diploma to show for it. You may wish to ask for ref­er­ences or at least have con­tact with pre­vi­ous clients. Are they within your bud­get? Is this a pro­fes­sion for them or do they just plan oc­ca­sion­ally?

What sort of pack­ages do plan­ners of­fer?

Con­sul­ta­tion. This means that the plan­ner will not be at your wed­ding, but will teach you the skills to plan your own day.

Plan­ning prepa­ra­tion. As well as con­sul­ta­tion they save you time by lis­ten­ing to your ideas, make ap­point­ments, put to­gether a wed­ding folder to keep track of things and help put to­gether a sched­ule.

Full wed­ding day. A plan­ner/ co­or­di­na­tor can be hired for the wed­ding day alone. She will di­rect the events of the day and make sure that ev­ery­one in­volved is do­ing their job ef­fi­ciently – those in­volved in ta­ble dress­ing, the cater­ers and chefs, trans­port and so on.

She will take care of prob­lems and emer­gen­cies if they arise. You will need to meet with the co­or­di­na­tor sev­eral times to go over de­tails.

Ques­tions to ask a plan­ner be­fore you en­gage one:

What are your cre­den­tials/ ex­pe­ri­ence?

How do you charge (per­cent­age, flat rate, hourly)?

How do you work – are you com­puter lit­er­ate?

How many times will we meet (in­clud­ing re­hearsal)? How will you be dressed? Can you plan a wed­ding within our bud­get?

What are the terms for your pay­ment?

Re­mem­ber that above all else you are del­e­gat­ing one of the most im­por­tant events in your life to your plan­ner, so trust will be a vi­tal in­gre­di­ent in mak­ing this spe­cial day a mem­o­rable one.

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