Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I Don't Need a Wedding Planner- 5 Myths Debunked




MYTH #1 "IF I HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER I LOSE CONTROL OVER MY OWN WEDDING" 

FACT #1 = A good wedding planner will never step in and completely take over.

We know that brides want to be in control and enjoy the planning process. 

This remains the case if you hire a wedding planner. Lets put it this way, when you buy your first home, you get a real estate agent to help facilitate the process. They don't choose the house for you! The same applies here. It's your wedding day and every decision is yours to make. 

A wedding planner acts as an agent and works on your behalf. They will facilitate the process, take care of technical aspects and offer advice. But it is still and will always be YOUR DAY!! 

MYTH #2 = "I DONT NEED A WEDDING PLANNER MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE GOING TO HELP ME!"

FACT #2 = Yes, of course, they will! That’s what family and friends are for, right? However, regardless of how many parties they have planned on their own, nothing compares to planning a wedding and the amount of work that goes into it. You want the day to be perfect as it is the most important day of your life. A professional planner is usually a specialist with years of experience. Friends and family have opinions and plenty of ideas but not necessarily the “KNOW HOW” and skills needed to make sure things fall into place, nor do they have the contacts of the best reliable suppliers in the wedding industry. 

As seen on a website "“Friends don’t let friends set up. Or teardown. Leave that to the professionals so you can celebrate with your loved ones. After all isn’t that what weddings are really about?" 

MYTH #3 = "I DON’T NEED A WEDDING PLANNER, THE VENUE I CHOSE HAS A WEDDING COORDINATOR INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE"

FACT #3 = Yes, most venues have their own event/wedding coordinator, who work for the venue but not for the couple.

A wedding coordinator from a venue is generally one whose duties are for the day of the wedding. His or her duties include making sure that the banquet staff have set up the furniture, food and beverages as planned and that the stage is ready. Having a wedding planner means that the wedding is planned properly from start to finish and works only for the bride/bridal couple. 

Most event/wedding coordinators that work for these venues are professionals and have extensive experience in this industry and will coordinate all that concerns the venue.

They won't be able involved in the whole wedding process and will usually have a fixed list of vendors appointed by the hotel with only the interest of the hotel in mind. They won't be organizing all the wedding suppliers on the day and ensuring that the vendors stick to the plan.

MYTH #4 = “I DON’T NEED A WEDDING PLANNER, THERE ISN’T THAT MUCH WORK TO DO.”

FACT #4 = PLANNING A WEDDING IS NOT A GAME AND WILL PROBABLY BE THE BIGGEST JOB YOU WILL EVER UNDERTAKE IN YOUR LIFE. Most couples think that once everyone has been hired and all the elements have been booked and paid for, the wedding is done. If only it were that easy.

Your wedding planner may look composed when around you or your family but believe me, she's got a million worst-case scenarios running through her head and lots of fire-fighting to do while making sure that the couple get ready in time for rehearsals, makeup and hair, photo sessions and the actual Walk In. Her job and reputation are on the line if anything goes wrong. She's paid to make sure everything runs smoothly to make sure YOU enjoy your day without worry. A professional wedding planner works in the background overseeing the whole event (not unlike a Puppet Master!) while her crew are "her hands" taking part in the action.

MYTH #5 =” Wedding Planners Have a Wealth of Information That They Just Give Out Freely To All and Sundry”

FACT #5 = “Wedding Planners do have an abundance of contacts, tips, knowledge and information therefore we get paid for our expertise as we are professionals in our field. When you call a lawyer, you are willing to pay for his advice and knowledge. He, too, has worked long and hard to be a professional in his field. 

A professional planner spends years establishing contacts with the best suppliers in the industry, forming relationships with them and creating a network that is trusted. This is all done so that the planner can save their client “The Bride and Groom” not only time and money, but always ensuring the best service is delivered, paying attention to reliablilty and quality to suit the clients needs and budget. 

The client is buying the planners expertise, knowledge and time, not just their phone book.

- Tanya Gageiro, Memories 4 U and adapted by Best Events

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