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Wedding planning: Building your wedding dream team

Ask anyone who has planned a wedding; the journey to "I do," is quite the learning experience. Everyone with a hand in making your day a success has a specific role, but who ties it all together? When it comes to the "oops," "we have a problem," and "wish I would have thought of that" circumstances, you're going to need a right hand man, or woman!

The decision to hire a credible and experienced wedding planner at the beginning of the process can almost guarantee the absence of those "oh no," moments. Wedding planners will have connections to top rated vendors, working relationships with venues, and the experience to ensure your vision is created with ease. Your guests will speak of the memorable moments, rather than the few things that could have been better. But don't be fooled…not all wedding planners are the same.

Several years ago the phrase "DOWP" or "Day of Wedding Planner" became an intriguing concept for many brides. The idea was for her to plan the entire day on her own, and hire someone to execute on the day of. Sounds easy enough, but the bottom line is this; wedding planners are hired to plan. Unfortunately, bringing someone in on the day of does not allow enough time to be involved with the intricate details of the entire wedding. In many cases, this causes the bride and wedding party to be faced with more crises than champagne toasts.

There are three main categories of expertise a professional wedding planner will have knowledge in; designing events, planning events, and managing events. To give you an idea of a professional wedding planner's craft, we have compiled a small list of their duties:

  • Budget consultation
  • Guest list and invitations
  • Venue scouting
  • Vendor contracting
  • Creation of timeline for guest arrival through morning after brunch
  • Detailed planning checklist for the bride
  • Coordination of deliveries, arrivals and guest movement with the venue
  • Compiling fine details and loose ends to create a flowing theme
  • Execute the ceremony rehearsal
  • Budget monitoring, avoiding additional and unnecessary charges due to poor planning

Without a detailed understanding of the entire event and its components, the job of a DOWP can be difficult and paves the road for lackluster results. For example, if a DOWP has not been a part of the vendor contracting, he or she may not be able to catch timing or logistical issues leading to additional charges. Since a DOWP is not responsible for building your timeline, your photographer and wedding party may be out of the loop while you're in hair and makeup.

Wedding planners traditionally charge a higher price than day of planners for a reason. There are countless hours of work required to plan and execute a successful event. With skilled professionals, the day becomes seamless.