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Choosing Your Wedding Professional

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You got engaged!
Now it’s time to start planning your wedding.
You google wedding planning steps and suddenly you are falling into a rabbit hole. Nothing is making sense. Do I need a wedding planner? A wedding coordinator? Or do I need a wedding designer? Do I need someone just the day of? Or do I want someone to do it all?  
Ahhh! Ok, first, let go of your hair. And now, let us take it from here! We are going to break down the difference between the professions and which one you would need for your budget and timeline.

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Wedding Planner:
A wedding planner will be with you from start to finish, whether your wedding is in 2 years, a few months, or 30 days. Planners encompass their role and that of a coordinator and designer.

Wedding planners will help you:
-Stay organized
-Design and maintain a budget for your event
-Negotiate contracts with vendors and be a liaison between you and your vendors
-Attend menu tastings and site tours
-Coordinate design details
-Coordinate out of town guest accommodations
-Ensure all payments are secure
-Ensure all vendors are aware of timelines for setup and take down
-Oversee everything during the day of the event including management of vendor payments Manages vendors during the event
-Oversees everything during the day of the event including management of vendors and timelines
-Return items after event
*Average fee for a Wedding Planner is anywhere from $1000 – $30,000 depending on where you live. 

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Wedding Coordinator:
A wedding coordinator is with you for a shorter amount of time than a wedding planner but will help coordinate timelines and payments during the final stages of your planning leading up to your event. A wedding coordinator is your best choice to use if you are looking for a wedding professional for the “Month Of” or “Day Of” planning and guidance. It is becoming more common for an event venue to have an onsite coordinator available for their client’s use. 

Wedding Coordinators will help you:
-Ensure all payments are secure
-Ensure all vendors are aware of timelines for setup and take down
-Select décor and help you make final decisions
-Oversee everything during the day of the event including management of vendor payments
-Return items after event
*Average fee for a Wedding Coordinator is $500-$4,000 depending on where you live. 

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Wedding Designer/Decorator:
A wedding designer will help you create a cohesive color scheme and will help transform your venue into your dream vision. Wedding designers will design a detailed floorplan and ensure all of the items are set up appropriately and in their designated place. This is a great option if you feel comfortable handling the planning aspect and want something in a lower cost price. 
*Average fee for a Wedding Designer is $400-$1,000 depending on where you live.

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Now, you may be asking yourself “is it really important to have someone the day of my event?”. And the answer is a firm, loud, YES! I always tell my brides “you do not want to have to micromanage your own wedding.” The bride should be focused on staying calm and relaxing with her closest friends and family, not fixing floral arrangements and tracking down the DJ. It is worth every penny to have someone on the day of your event to help keep everyone on time and to help make sure everything runs smoothly. Now you are ready to scout around and make your wedding professional selection!

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