It can’t be said enough that planning a wedding is a lot of work and can be stressful at times. Hiring a wedding planner can help to alleviate the pressure to put on a perfect event – no matter your budget, we recommend allotting a portion of it to getting a professional. Of course, not all wedding planners are created equal. We don’t mean in terms of quality – although that can certainly be the case, but rather the style of work they do. Before you begin interviewing candidates to work on your nuptials, it’s important to learn about the different types, so you know what type of wedding planner has the best style to complement the skills and interests you bring to the table.
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If you’re hyper-organized and admittedly not a creative type, a planner who specializes in event design will be a better choice for you. You can still spend time organizing the timeline of the big day, as well as finding vendors and reading through contracts if you prefer to do this on your own. Instead, it’s the vision of the décor that the designer will focus on. Generally, you will still give input on preferred colors or specific flowers, perhaps even tweaking arrangements and other details in order to be to your liking. For brides and grooms who want to be as surprised and delighted as their guests, you can even choose to give the planner full control and wait to see the final result when it’s time to tie the knot.
Many brides have been curating a Pinterest board of how they want their big day to look since before they were engaged. In this case, a wedding planner who is really more of a consultant or coordinator may be the best option. Instead of helping you decide on a color palette and decorative elements of the day, they will take control of the logistics that come with organizing a celebration, such as providing vendor recommendations, helping with contract negotations, coordinating the timelines, tracking RSVPs, organizing hotel room blocks, etc.
Should you happen to be very busy and also not creatively minded, don’t fret – there are plenty of full-service planners who can cover all aspects of the big day. And if you relish the idea of planning and wouldn’t dream of letting someone else influence the aesthetic of your wedding, consider a day-of coordinator. Despite the name, a day-of coordinator usually gets involved about a month or two before and takes care of the final details like floor plans, as well as managing the rehearsal and the set up and tear down of the big day.