Before You Say I Do

…you should know the benefits of hiring a wedding planner. A wedding planner will save you time, money and elevated levels of stress and can also assist you by incorporating your dreams and visions into a wedding that is designed especially for you. The wedding planner will investigate venues and vendors for your ceremony and reception to ensure that they meet your specifications and you remain within your budgetary guidelines; coordinate and serve as a liaison among vendors, family members and friends to ensure that your special day will be successful; troubleshoot to resolve predicaments before they originate and organize all of the details of your wedding from the engagement party until the last dance.

If you choose not to hire a wedding planner to plan your special day, you can simply hire one for “day of” management services to ensure that you will have a flawless and memorable wedding. For such services, a wedding planner can provide on-site coordination for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception; liaison between and wedding guests and vendors; provide a blue print for the vendors and MC; and will handle all last minute details. The wedding planner will also have on hand an emergency kit which includes, but is not limited to, bobby pins, crazy glue, tape, aspirin and wedding bands, to circumvent the unexpected and also to ensure that you have an event to be remembered.

Wedding planners have been trained to fulfill every need of the bride from the save-the-date announcements to sending thank you cards. They are usually certified by one of the many bridal organizations that offer such certification programs (Weddings Beautiful Worldwide and the Association of Bridal Consultants) and are members of at least one professional bridal association.

So before you say, “I do,” consider hiring a professional wedding planner so that you and your soon-to-be spouse can truly enjoy the first day of the rest of your life.

By: Ms. Tye Robertson, a Certified Wedding Specialist, is the owner of Especially For You Planners, LLC, a party, wedding and event planning company