What does a wedding planner do? Well, that is a tough question to answer. From wedding to wedding, the job of a wedding planner is never the same. But the goal is. Our goal is to help the bride and groom have the best wedding experience possible.
Most wedding planners begin the planning process with a consultation. During the consultation, we determine what exactly the client’s needs are in terms of planning and coordination. This usually comes down to a decision between full planning or day-of coordination.
After we determine the level of planning that will work best for their wedding, we discuss all of the traditional services that we can provide as a planner. The list can be long and includes items such as assisting in the selection of vendors and venues, creating and managing the time-line, design and décor, coordination of set up and tear down, placement and transportation of traditional items, cueing of wedding party and musicians, etc.
With full coordination, wedding planners are constantly in touch with the bride and groom, the venue and the vendors to ensure that everything is coming together smoothly for the event. For day-of coordination, we make sure that all of our clients best laid plans are carried out on the wedding day to ensure they can enjoy their day to the fullest.
When the big day finally arrives, it becomes clear that there are so many more little details that we take care of as the wedding planner. We are there to make sure that your day runs smoothly and that every little detail is taken care of. A wedding planner wears many hats on the wedding day. We become the captain of the vendors, the keeper of the timeline, the weather/Plan B decision maker, the emergency solver, and most important, the bride’s personal assistant.
Sometimes we even climb up ladders to hang your pom poms from the ceiling!!
I know I can’t speak for all wedding planners, but it gives me such great joy to know that I have helped a couple to have the best wedding experience possible. So to recount the question again, “What is it exactly that you do?”, I guess we’ll leave that up to you to decide.