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Ask Marsha Your Wedding Questions

Well, I have been doing this “Vendor Spotlight” for a while now, so I thought it was time to put myself and what I love to do in the “spotlight” this week.  I was thinking of doing my normal format of questions…but I changed my mind.  I thought it would be a good time to flesh out some definitions about wedding planning in general.

The dictionary answers ‘what is a wedding planner?’ with the following definition:

wed.ding plan.ner n

1. a person hired to plan and organize a wedding, reception and possibly the honeymoon in consultation with the bride and groom.

In the world of wedding planning, several terms exist to describe someone professionally hired to plan a wedding.  I primarily refer to the term ‘wedding planner’ to describe my business. You’ll also see other terms like bridal consultant, wedding consultant and wedding coordinator. For the purpose of this site, however, each term is interchangeable and refers to a person hired to plan and organize a wedding.

Which brings me to my topic this week:  “3 Things You Need to Know About a Wedding Planner”

1. Wedding planners plan weddings.  What I do is answer questions about your wedding and to be the point of contact for your vendors so you’re not overwhelmed with emails and phone calls. I coordinate timelines,  vendor meetings, confirmations, wedding set up, and all the wedding day events & needs. On the day of the wedding, I problem-solve so you don’t have to.  I, at my best, handle all of the stress that comes along with a wedding day so that you can relax.

2. Wedding planners are an investment for your wedding, not an expense. I will save you money!  Whether it’s directly or indirectly, saving money will happen – from finding you the perfect vendor within your price range or preventing you from buying things that you don’t need.  Also, I walk alongside you to ensure you stick to your budget.

3. When you have a wedding planner, you can relax and enjoy the details of your day. Sometimes couples have a little bit of trouble letting go of things. I definitely did. But when you have a wedding planner, you CAN let go. My philosophy is to be in the details so you can be in the moments of your wedding day; not stressing about making sure all the details you have planned come together.  That’s my job and I absolutely love doing that!

All of this is in no way everything to know about wedding planners, but it’s at least a little insight.  Are you deciding as to whether to hire a wedding planner?  What questions do you still have?

Post a question or comment below and let me know. Or contact me to discuss how I can help.

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Marsha VanArk at Distinctly Yours Wedding & Events