The duties of a wedding planner vary from wedding to wedding. Sometimes, it’s more important for a wedding planner to attend to every tiny detail, and sometimes, their job is simply acting as support for a hands-on bride. This is one of the main reasons that becoming a wedding planner is an excellent choice for those who like varied work environments and tasks. At the very least, the wedding planner is responsible for performing an initial consultation and handling basic planning services.
1. The Consultation
A meeting between a wedding planner and their client is an important part of the duties of the wedding planner. This initial meeting will allow the planner to go over what the client (usually a bride, but possibly the engaged couple or another family member) is thinking in terms of the wedding theme, colors and other important aspects of the ceremony. It is up to the wedding planner to clearly understand who the true client is and to give more weight to their voice than any other.
During the consultation, the wedding planner will likely talk about the various service packages that are available and help the client choose the one that best fits their needs. Most wedding planners will probably have a couple of service options, the most common being the full service and service that is for the day of the ceremony only. It is the responsibility of the wedding planner to ensure the client understands what is included in each level of service.
2. Wedding Day Only Planning
This type of service means that the wedding planner is only available on the day of the wedding to handle last-minute details. Wedding planners who are available only for the wedding day will probably handle an array of tasks. These include directing vendors and acting as a liaison between the principal players in the ceremony, including the couple, the officiant and the parents of the couple.
3. Full-Service Wedding Planning
This type of service involves many more variables and is much more dependent on the client’s needs and wishes. In this service, the wedding planner will usually manage and coordinate vendors, deliveries, venues and many other aspects of the planning phase of the wedding. Full-service wedding planning can be part of the entire wedding planning period, or it can be something that starts later after some decisions have already been made.
4. Choosing The Right Service
Almost every wedding planner offers both of these services. Choosing the one that will best fit your needs depends on how much help you’ll need, what kind of budget you’re working with and the size of the wedding you’re planning. In general, larger weddings are more likely to require full-service wedding planning, while smaller ceremonies can go with day-of planning. For those who are feeling particularly adventurous or having a very small wedding, a wedding planner may not be necessary at all.