Hiring a professional bridal consultant may be a great idea for you. You may be ultra busy or you may simply accept that you're not the most organized person in the world. You may also want to avoid the stress that comes with planning your special day. Or, you may be planning a wedding so large that no single person can pull it off without help.
Note, the words 'professional'. That doesn't mean your mother or sister or good friend, no matter how skilled they may be. Individuals - variously called Bridal Consultants or Wedding Planners, or other terms - do this for a living. Many get awards for doing it well. They know what needs to be done, whom to contact and how to organize all the elements of a wedding while keeping their (and your) sanity.
They'll discuss their services and fees in a calm, professional way and try to give you a realistic picture of what to expect. At the same time, they can help you maintain enthusiasm for a project that is both highly personal and emotional, as well as being full of possible practical pitfalls. They know what can go wrong when you've set a specific date and the wedding or reception venue or caterer suddenly becomes unavailable.
A professional bridal consultant will know how to react in order to keep things on track. Wedding planners have many contacts throughout the business community. Those long-term relationships help you get good deals, while helping ensure that commitments are kept. When they book a caterer, for example, the caterer will often be more inclined to keep a promise than they otherwise might. After all, you are only one client. But their livelihood depends in part on keeping the bridal consultant happy in the future.
The same is true for vendors responsible for the wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses, as well as clothing for the groom's side. It's true of printers who take care of invitations. It's true of all the other things that lead up to your big day. A professional bridal consult knows whom to contact and how to deal with them. Then they contact and deal with them, not you. A wedding planner may take on the whole effort, or only a part. They may subcontract some aspects. They may rely on you and your friends or family to take on certain things. The arrangements differ from wedding to wedding. So, do the fees, naturally.
Since your professional bridal consultant has much to do with the success of your special event, there are a few questions you'll want to ask. Don't be shy or nervous. Like any professional, they expect to have to demonstrate their experience and ability. At the same time, as with any business arrangement, courtesy is expected on both sides. You're interviewing a prospective guide, not a servant.
More questions may occur to you, so write them down, and don't be afraid to ask! As long as you are respectful and patient any wedding planner should be happy to entertain them. Keep in mind, though, that they have other clients (hopefully, since it's better for you). Even hiring a wedding planner takes some planning and investigation. Be patient and respectful with yourself as well.
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