"Why do I need a wedding planner if my venue has one?"
Let me start by saying, when a venue says they have a wedding planner or coordinator on their staff, what they are really saying is that they have a venue coordinator. What most brides don’t know is that the venue coordinator works for the venue, NOT for the bride. While a venue coordinator is responsible for making your wedding day run as smoothly as possible, her responsibilities are limited to the venue and their staff. She/he is directed to keep the bride happy, but only to the extent that it does not cause the venue any extra work or expense. And believe me, they will make sure that you, the bride, are charged for any extras. With the exception of possibly giving you a preferred vendor list, the venue coordinator will not help you choose vendors, find good deals, and make sure you are protected in each contract. They will not help you find the perfect wedding gown, headpiece, shoes, and jewelry. They will not help you create and work with in a budget. As for a time line, they will only assist with the portion of the time line that includes them and they will do so with the venues best interest at the forefront of their minds.
A wedding planner/coordinator, on the other hand, is chosen and hired by you. They work for you, and no one else. Your wedding planner, depending on what you have included in your agreement, will be by your side throughout the entire planning process. She/he will help you with every last minute detail of your wedding. Your wedding planner will help you choose all of your wedding professionals and because they have built good working relationships with many local vendors they can often secure discounts that you can not obtain on your own. Your planner will also review your vendor contracts to make sure that you are protected. Your wedding planner will help you create both a planing time line and a wedding day time line and assure that everyone involved has a copy of the time line. They also will help you create a working budget and help you to stay within it.
On your wedding day, your wedding planner will stay by your side from the time you start the day until you and your new husband leave the reception. They will make sure everything is to your specifications through out the day, that everything happens in accordance to the time line, and they will handle any and all issues that may arrive from Aunt Sue needing Tylenol to a vendor not showing up on time. Your wedding planner will make your day seem to flow with perfection. Once you have left the reception and the night has wound down, your wedding planner will stay behind to gather any belongings left behind by you, your bridal party, or your guests and deliver them to a designated location.
Simply put, hiring a wedding planner will help make your wedding day stress free and full happy memories!
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