A Stress Free Wedding…

April 17, 2014





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            The number one tip we give every bride at the start of her wedding planning process is…hire a wedding planner…or budget for a day of coordinator.  After interviewing brides after their weddings, their number one regret is not hiring a planner and stressing on their wedding day.

            You have just accepted the most amazing wedding proposal and now you and your fiancé are in the process of planning your dream wedding. Former brides and grooms will tell you the secret to a stress-free wedding experience: get help.

            In a survey by SuperWeddings.com and the International Institute of Weddings, 72%of recently married brides who did not use a wedding coordinator for their weddings said that based on their experience, if they had to do it over again, they would hire a wedding coordinator to assist with the planning, or at least be on hand to supervise the wedding day itself. 49%reported that if they could only change one thing about the entire wedding, this would be the thing they would do differently!

Don’t make the mistake that brides before you have!  Learn from those who have walked the aisle before you, and don’t underestimate the overwhelmingly huge job planning a wedding can be. Most couples today are very busy, both working full-time, and don’t necessarily have any experience at event planning. Planning a wedding includes endless details to arrange, logistics to organize, large numbers of service providers to coordinate and contracts to negotiate… it’s no wonder most people end up wishing they had some experienced help with all these details!

Unfortunately,  couples don’t even consider a wedding consultant because they assume that only couples with huge budgets and lavish weddings need one, or can afford one. But it is not true!!!   Consultants can do as much or as little as you need, and can work with any budget. Did you hear that?  They can work within any budget!   If you explain, “our budget is $20,000,” then they’ll help you figure out the best way to allocate that money, which includes their fee. Many times professional wedding planners can actually save you money with special discounts or experienced knowledge of the best deals and money-saving ideas, so they can help pay for themselves! If your budget is really tight,  consider using them for just part of the wedding – for example, just the flowers, decorations and day-of coordination. At the very least, have help on the wedding day itself. Just having an experienced professional on-hand to make sure that everything and everybody is where they need to be, when they need to be, would be a huge weight off your shoulders, giving you the freedom to really enjoy your day. 

Like any wedding vendor, if you decide to use a consultant, the most important thing to do is choose someone you like. While there are many good consultants in the business, finding one that suits your temperament, fits with your overall personality and is enjoyable to be around is the real key to success. You will be working with your planner during your entire planning process and on the wedding day…so make sure that your personalities are a match! Other things to consider: Does the consultant care about what you want? Is he/she a good listener? Is the consultant prepared for the meeting, and does he/she appear organized? Does he/she have good experience, appropriate skills and interesting ideas? Remember also to ask for and check references.

Overall, wedding consultants are all about making your day the best it can be, and alleviating your burden so that you can actually enjoy the planning process and relish your wedding day with care-free joy. Jacksonville and the First Coast has amazing wedding planners!