1. More often than not, venues now have their own wedding coordinator to assist couples on their wedding day. If that’s the case, why hire a Wedding Planner?

Let me set the record straight about this burning question!

It takes approx. 250 hrs to plan a wedding. Brides & grooms usually start to feel like they are in over their heads soon after starting to plan their own wedding. All of their weekends & evenings start becoming devoted to their wedding & can feel like a second job to them. Hiring a “certified” wedding coordinator can save them time, stress & money.

The 4 main reasons couples hire a “certified” wedding coordinator:

They are too busy/overwhelmed to properley plan their wedding

They are planning their wedding from a distance

They want a professional to handle all the leg work involved in planning a wedding

They prefer to take pleasure in their wedding day, not work through it.

CERTIFIED WEDDING COORDINATOR VS ON-SITE WEDDING CONSULTANT:

The on-site wedding consultant’s primary focus & responsibility is the Venue. The relationship between them & the couple remains a professional one. The on-site coordinator will assist in the creation of a timeline for the wedding in regards to the venue’s role & responsibilities. If the ceremony is also taking place on-site the venue coordinator will usually run the rehearsal for the wedding & direct the ceremony on the wedding day. The on-site coordinator is usually on-site on the wedding day & generally leaves before dinner turning the event over to the banquet manager or “Captian”

A “certified” wedding planner’s primary focus & responsibility is the Bride & Groom. They work closely with the couple, building a personal & professional relationship right from the beginning of their engagement. From selecting vendors & venues, budget management, theme development & decor, managing & seeing to the finest details & supervising the event itself. They keep everyone organized by setting up a clear plan for the event & following up to make sure all flows well.

They will be present at the wedding to direct the ceremony & reception & make sure all goes according to plan. On the wedding day, the “certified” wedding coordinator will be with the couple from before the ceremony until the end of the reception.

 

 

 

I had the pleasure of meeting UK’s top wedding planner & host of the popular TV series “Wedding S.O.S”, Jane Dayus-Hinch!

She was as lovely & funny as she appears on her television show.

She was the guest speaker, talking to a room full of wedding planners & other wedding professionals, inlighting us with her wisdom & amazing stories she has accumulated over her 25+ years of being a Wedding Planner!

Jane told us that she has planned over 1800 weddings…..WOW! You can imagine the stories that she has. Many she can’t tell us about, as she has signed wavers stating she cannot reveal the names of some of her “celebrity clients”. I’m sure she has planned MANY famous weddings, with several great stories to tell……only if she could.

Jane explained the importance of hiring a wedding planner, especially now of days. Although brides feel that they are the best person to plan their wedding, with some  help from mom & bridesmaids, most brides do not deligate enough. Couples are far too busy these days & usually feel overwhelmed shortly after the planning process begins.

It takes approx. 250 hrs to plan a wedding. Most couples will have no choice but to spend every weekend planning their wedding. Hiring a professional will take the stress out of planning & will free up a lot of time, so the couple can enjoy their weekends. Wedding Planners know lots of vendors in every category & usually have their own “preferred vendors list”. Many of those vendors offer wedding planner’s clients discounts, saving their clients money as well as time!

As a WPIC certified wedding planner, we do not accept referral fees from vendors! It’s considered a “kickback” and is against our “code of ethics” Our vendors are referred on merrit , we will only recommend the best to our clients!

Jane also discussed the importance of vendors working together! She explained to us how  officiants (for example), sometimes will not want to work with a wedding planner. Jane says “they ruin the wedding”! By not allowing the planner to help the officiant & work together, things always go wrong. They are only concerned with getting them down the asile & saying the vows, not all the other many details involved with getting everyone to the ceremony & having everything & everyone in its place, all on time. There is so much more to the ceremony that they (officiants) don’t consider or have any part in.

It was great to see that one of the many guests enjoying the seminar & learning  was an officiant, named John. He was given a thunderous applause because he wanted  to learn more about the role of the wedding planner. He now agree’s to be more accepting of us & work together! I really hope I get to work with him some day! Good for John!

At the conclusion of the seminar, we all had a chance to chat & have our pictures taken with Jane. She was such a delight! Since I was sporting a cast, due to an injury from my last bridal show, I fell & broke my wrist. She signed it for me, Jane writes: “Broken? Never! Wedding Planners Rock!”

Thank you Jane Dayus-Hinch & Thank you to Jennifer Maxwell of  www.WiseBride.ca  for organizing the event.

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