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Do You Need a Wedding Planner?

It’s not something we like to admit, but many of us tend to get frazzled at the notion of planning a basic dinner party. So the thought of planning an entire wedding can cause a great deal of anxiety for certain couples who are newly engaged. 

Who can blame them? A wedding isn’t just a one day affair – there are numerous celebrations revolving around the big day, all of which require meticulous arranging.

If you’re a bride- and groom-to-be excited at the thought of organizing your wedding, I applaud you!

On the other hand, if you are super-busy, short on organizational skills, overwhelmed, or don’t have enough family members and friends for support, just call on a wedding planner to help you with the whole affair!  

Sure it’s an added expense to your overall wedding budget, but the payoff can be well worth it: a professional consultant can sit down with both of you and help you come up with a vision for your wedding day if you don’t already have one. She can help you organize all of the necessary chores revolving around your wedding, and even keep you on task and aware of deadlines for deposits and decisions.

Here are tips for finding your wedding planner, setting expectations and communicating, and how to keep within your budget.

It’s one thing to ask your bridal party and family members to help with various aspects of the wedding plans, but when it comes to hiring a wedding planner, at all times remember that this is to be a working relationship – you are the boss, she is your “employee” of sorts.

Typically, on an initial consultation a professional wedding planner will offer couples a complete menu of wedding planning services, along with her fees – then it’s up to them to determine exactly what they would like assistance with.  

So communicating expectations clearly and precisely to the planner early on is imperative and will save you from potential stress later on.

In addition to sorting out and delegating tasks to the wedding planner, it’s crucial to discuss the contact flow between you. So often I hear from distressed brides who are deep into the wedding plans, but can’t reach their consultants! 

To avoid this, before finalizing the contract make sure you find out what the bridal consultant’s response time will be to your phone calls, texts and emails (24-36 hours is reasonable) and get it in writing. 

Other tips for communicating well with your wedding planner include:

Setting up a bi-weekly or weekly conference call or meeting to go over your to-do lists.

Outlining in advance which vendors you would like her to visit with you and your groom, and include a timeframe for each appointment. These can include the venue, the caterer, florist, baker and entertainment.

There’s a golden rule among wedding planners – treat each bride as though she’s your one and only client. Of course, while any good wedding planner will strive for this ideal, do keep in mind that in all likelihood, you won’t be her sole client. So be patient and considerate with your requests, and she will treat you likewise.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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