So you’ve found “The One”! You knew this was your choice from the first meeting. It felt like you’ve known each other for ever while it’s only been hours since you met. Yup, you’ve got it…. the PERFECT wedding planner. So where do you begin? What’s the next step and what is your planner actually going to do? If you think about it, a wedding is like a Broadway production! But instead of cast, crew, and audience you have wedding party, vendors and guests. Below are the top 3 things you can expect from your wedding planner!
Vision Development & Implementation
Whether you’re a laid back bride or hands on, you have an idea of how this day will be. But who is going to put it all together? That’s where your planner comes in. Upon meeting for the first time, the planner will ask a few questions to get to know you as a couple. The better the communication, the easier it is to be able to develop and build on the ideas you have for your big day. A skilled planner will even throw in a few ideas that you probably haven’t thought of. Remember, this isn’t their first rodeo. Their job and ultimate goal is to produce a truly unique and personalized experience for you and your guests.
Budgets and lots of colourful spreadsheets
Sorry Shakespeare but the REAL question is “How much is all of this going to cost??” Wedding budgets range vastly and the final price tag is dependant on the kind of event you want to have. We could be talking an intimate garden wedding of 20 guests to a full banquet reception of 800 guests. Planners will keep you on track and warn when you are wandering off in to over budget land. If you remember the watching reality TV show Temptation Island back in the day, you will know to tread lightly.
Vendor Selection & Referral
One of the most valuable things you will get from hiring a planner is access to a network of vendors and industry contacts. It doesn’t matter what it is. Stationary, lighting, or even something as small as confetti. Which is totally customizable by the way! These vendors are tried, tested and true. Trust me, planners won’t work with just anyone. You will save time, money and a lot of frustration by taking advantage of your planner’s network. Odds are that they worked on an event last weekend.
Elizabeth Le Craciun is the Head Planner at Toronto based Le Craciun Events & Styling. She is often described as the “Stylish Tomboy” for planning fabulously chic events with a hint of that east-coast swag.