Consultants & Coordinators
Why use wedding planners or consultants?
The first wedding consultants may well have been the minister's wife, the ladies organization at the community church, or the village matchmaker who arranged marriages. Today, wedding consulting is a profession. Many wedding planners and consultants have come from the hospitality and catering field, they can be found in nearly every country in the world.
Wedding consultants are invaluable to brides and their mothers who are concentrating on a career with very little time to spend on the details of a wedding. In this day and age many families are stretched across the country and the wedding may very well be held in a city or town where the family knows very few of the professionals it will take to do the wedding.
A professional wedding consultant knows the most cost effective ways to plan a wedding while staying within the budget you have set for your wedding. Wedding consultants maximize the bride's buying power. Retailers such as florists, caterers, photographers, etc. work closely with the consultant to ensure both quality of service and price, so that the consultant will continue to use them.
Does using a wedding planner mean that you are giving up control of your wedding? No, it is the wedding consultant's job to put your plan into action. Having the knowledge necessary to incorporate the details of your wedding day is an important quality of the consultant.
In selecting a consultant or planner, choose one who has been in the business for at least five years. Call a local wedding organization for a referral, ask the retailers the consultant works with if they feel the consultant is a wedding specialist.
How do these consultants get paid? If they work on your wedding from start to finish they generally charge between 15% to 18% of the wedding package. If you are using them for a specific part of the wedding or for a consultation they generally receive between forty and sixty dollars per hour.
Not only does a wedding consultant ease your mind by seeing to details, you can also save time and money. It takes hours to research and locate services and retailers. The consultant's experience and expertise will find the right merchant who will provide exactly what you are looking for.