Stumbled across this article the other day and think it has some really interesting points for future brides looking for a wedding planner! Here’s a couple points I found interesting, to read the whole article, head on over to TLCs website here http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/weddings/10-things-wedding-planner-doesnt-want-you-to-know.htm
10: Something Will Go Wrong
It’s virtually impossible to carry off an entire special event 100 percent according to plan. No matter how sharp, prepared and adept at problem prevention your planner is, chances are good at least one hiccup will occur. Just cross your fingers that the snag is something minor, like a less-than-perfect groom’s cake, rather than a major, game-changing issue, like reception speakers that don’t work. It’s pretty hard to do the chicken dance without musical accompaniment.
9: The Florist Is Her Best Friend
Most established wedding planners have a list of vendors they prefer to work with. Before you sign a contract, it’s smart to stipulate that you can use vendors outside your planner’s network. By doing a little bit of research and price comparison, you can often keep prices and quality in check.
While most planners are on the up-and-up, it’s possible that she’s referring only florists, photographers, cake-makers and other vendors that give her a monetary incentive to do so. On the flip side, she could be referring less-than-qualified friends who are trying to build their reputations in the industry. Chances are that your wedding planner is the utmost professional who won’t mind if you keep your eyes and your options open.
3: “Wedding Planner” Isn’t an All-inclusive Term
Wedding planners‘ roles range from part-time assistants to full-time nuptial consultants. Avoid confusion by making sure you’re clear on what your planner’s responsibilities are from the get-go.
A full-service coordinator is one who handles all of the details up to and including the wedding, whereas a wedding day director simply runs the show the day of the event. Often, wedding venues automatically include a reception director service in the rental price, so hiring an independent consultant might not be necessary at all.
The event director role is the more cost-effective option for brides who enjoy the planning process but don’t want to be stressed on the big day. Typically, one can expect to fork over from $500 to $3,500 for this service, whereas a full-service planner can run you anywhere from $1,700 to $20,000, according to the experts at Sweet Dreams Weddings and Events.
Brides who just need a creative muse of sorts might do well to hire an event designer who specializes in event style and theme development