Just after that beautiful proposal from your fiancée, starts the stress and frustration of wedding planning. But nowadays this is not as tough as before as various wedding planning companies are available in the market to help you with all the arrangements.
The expression “wedding planner” is often the most used term to describe the professionals who assist in wedding arrangements, however there is still not a consensus in the industry and various other terms like consultant, coordinator, wedding designer, event director, event producer and wedding stylist, also keep emerging. So, is there any distinction amongst these designations or are they just a marketing gimmick?
Following explanation about various types of wedding planners and the assortment of services they offer, will help you in deciding the kind of wedding planning company, you want for your wedding:
• Wedding Planners
Basically a wedding producer or planner from wedding planning companies uses your ideas, visions and thoughts to plan and arrange your big day. They have liaisons with different wedding service providers and help you put together all the arrangements to the every tiny detail. Usually wedding planners hold a valid professional degree in event or hospitality management from a certified establishment. They are well aware about all the customs, wedding etiquette and procedures. They are generally quite experienced and their fee ranges from 10k to 40k.
• Wedding Consultant
These professionals usually guide and supervise the wedding arrangements. They play a key role in planning and offer active suggestions. They also refer good vendors for wedding arrangements, but handling and negotiating a deal with them will be your job. They assist in scheduling the wedding day events and are present on site to supervise all preparations on your special day. They are usually less experienced than wedding planners and their fees can range from 2.5k to 10k.
• Wedding Stylist
Also called wedding architects or designers, wedding stylists basically work on making your dream wedding vision a reality. They have professional training in interior designing, floral arrangements and fashion. They not only offer the planning services but take care of the designing aspect as well. Their fees can range anywhere from 5k to 20k.
Many budget-conscious couples decide to opt for the DIY route to save on the wedding and believe that they can always hire a planner at a later stage if they get into a fix. However, this is not always possible. Though, some wedding planning companies provide their services especially for the wedding day, but this is a majorly flawed strategy. This is because it is almost impossible for any planner, irrespective of how experienced he is, to coordinate and take care of all preparations without having met various vendors beforehand and without having a proper insight about the vision the couple has. Therefore, no matter what you do and which wedding planning company you hire to plan your big day, make sure you give them at least a month to 45 days to plan and implement everything flawlessly.