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Since you probably haven’t been married before, you may not know what an independent professional wedding planner can do for you.  You have probably attended a few weddings before as a guest and had expectations… a ceremony, cocktails, dinner, dancing and a ‘thank-you’ gift. An independent wedding planner can do as much or as little as you need.  If they cannot or are not willing to perform the task you request, look elsewhere.  Consider your independent professional wedding planner your go-to person for unbiased answers to your million questions.

An independent wedding planner is a person that is hired by yourself to perform specific details and responsibilities prior to your wedding celebration and day-of.  This person – male or female – reports directly to you and is responsible for the logistics, deliveries, set-up/break-down, timeline and flow of your day.  They are on-site hours before your event and stay until you exit the venue that evening.  Every aspect/detail is noted on their timeline to ensure your wedding day event runs smoothly without any delays.  If there is a problem or delay or a ‘no-show’ your independent wedding planner is there to make a phone call to find a replacement.

An independent wedding planner/coordinator can share their knowledge of a venue, give you suggestions for florists, musicians, officiant, photographer, rental companies, transportation, etc., to help you find other wedding industry professionals.  The opinion of your independent wedding planner isn’t based on commission.  And, they do not direct staff at the venue but work along side the venue staff to ensure a positive result.

One of the many details not shared from couple to another is that the event will consume more hours of your day than thought.  Details that you hadn’t thought about will appear a week before your date and those details will need to be address, noted on your timeline, coordinated with the vendors and explained to your mother and mother-in-law.  Rely on a wedding coordinator who knows the questions to ask, will document the details and share the info to all parties.

Placing etiquette aside as ‘times have changed’ the expectation of a 2017 wedding couple vary and so do the responsibilities of a wedding planner. A traditional church wedding followed by a 4-hour reception isn’t the norm if you are planning a destination celebration.  Your walk down the aisle should be at a location that has meaning to you and your partner.  Search out a local independent wedding planner to ensure you day reflects your personality and expectations.


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