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Ceremony Magazine San Diego 2015 | Say “I Do” to a Wedding Planner

Say “I Do” to a Wedding Planner

By Krissie Simek & Elizabeth Galloway, White Lace Events & Design

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It is the official time where true love has changed form, you are no longer “dating” or “in a relationship,” you are ENGAGED and have taken on a new role, that of a fiancé!

First things first, it is time to build the perfect team to create the most magnificent day ahead. Who do you select to guide you through the year of planning and the wedding day? It is important to have someone that you will truly bond with and trust to assist you the entire way. During your venue scouting and wedding planner research, you will come across two types of planners: wedding planners/designers and catering managers/venue coordinators. There are significant differences between the two and it is important to select someone that will not only bring out your design but make it a true celebration.

A wedding planner/designer specializes in event planning and design. They typically have a plethora of vendors to recommend and can create a day of beauty and fun for you and your guests. Their goal is to be organized, prepared and to be your personal filing cabinet of wedding knowledge. This will lead to a fluid and celebratory one-of-a-kind day. A wedding planner is different from a catering manager/venue coordinator in several ways.

A catering manager/ venue coordinator is usually exclusive to the venue and will be less involved with the planning, timing and design of the wedding. They are available on the wedding day to ensure that everything on the venue side meets all expectations. They will also provide a preferred list with vendors that are familiar to the property and have continually showed reliability and quality at their past events. This venue advocate will assist you with anything contractual to the venue specifically, however they will not manage your vendor team, create and execute your day of timeline, or jump into the special details of your wedding day. These key elements are the first step in asking yourself, “Do I need a wedding planner?” And let us tell us tell you why a wedding planner will truly be your best supporter every step of the way.

It is important that your wedding planner is your advocate; ultimately, the success of your day is in their very skilled hands. They will want to know about the two of you and hear the stories of how it all began, how the question was popped and most importantly, how you want your day to feel and look like. They will listen and give you honest feedback through a lot of communication, which means a lot of time dedicated to the two of you. They will want to ensure that your day delivers the look that you envision and the feel that you want your guests to enjoy.

Overall, a wedding planner and designer will be your leader, your wedding guru to bring all the wedding day puzzle pieces together. It is with those key elements above that your design and emotion will shine through on the day. There is no doubt that you will love every minute of selecting the wedding planner that celebrates with you. Your wedding day isn’t just about saying “I do” but surrounding yourselves with an amazing team to tie it all together; this all starts with your choice to hire a wedding planner and designer. Let the festive wedding celebrations begin!

Photography | Tangerine Tree Photography 

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