5 Things That Wedding Planners Love

What Wedding Planners Love - Weddings From The Heart
Wedding planners love getting to work with amazing brides and grooms . . . Providing vendor referrals and decor suggestions that are a perfect fit for the couples vision . . . Figuring out wedding day logistics so the day flows smoothly . . .

Yes, it’s a “labor of love.”

Here are 5 things that wedding planners particularly love.

1. When you have a vision for your wedding day
Believe me, we want to help you create your ideal wedding, but when our questions and suggestions are met with, “Um, I don’t know,” we have nothing to work with. You don’t have to have every single little detail figured out, because yes, we love to have some creative input. Also, some ideas sound good “on paper” but just aren’t practical in real life. But when you have some idea of what you’d like, the pieces can be pulled together so much easier.

2. Pinterest
Wedding Planners Love Seeing Our Bride & Grooms Pinterest Board
It’s a wonderful tool to find and save inspiration and ideas for your wedding. It helps in expressing your ideas and vision. Sometimes words can’t really express what you mean, but a photo – they’re not wrong when they say “a picture is worth a thousand words.” (Just don’t try to exactly recreate something you’ve seen – you want to inject your personalities into the decor and plans, not just re-do what someone else did).

3. When you do a First Look and do all of your photos (or as many as possible) before the ceremony
Wedding Planners Love When The Bride & Groom Share a First Look Before Their Wedding Ceremony

Photo credit: Prima Vista Photography

Why? For brides, your hair and makeup are at their freshest. Also, the more photos done before hand will make your after-ceremony photo session go much quicker. You’ll get to your reception sooner, and may actually get to enjoy some of your cocktail hour. You’ll get the party started on time, guests won’t have to wait.

4. When you have a reading or two during your wedding ceremony
Why? Readings add an extra bit of personalization to your ceremony without adding any cost, or a lot of time to your ceremony. Plus it gives us planners a brief 5 minute or so “breather.”

How I Got Started as a Wedding Planner

5. When you and your new husband/wife are smiling and enjoying yourselves
Wedding Planners Love When The Bride & Groom Are Smiling and Enjoying Themselves

Photo credit: Faye Sommer Photography

Why? Joy is contagious. If you’re enjoying yourself, your guests will feel it, and have an even better time at your reception. Also, if you’re happy, we know we’ve done our jobs.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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How I Got Started as a Wedding Planner






I was never one of those girls who dreamt of her wedding day since she was a little girl. Only once did I and my friends stage a wedding for Barbie and Ken (the highlight of that event was when Ken’s head popped off right after their first kiss).

Never threw parties or had big get-togethers. (Still don’t. We’re more of the homey types. Watching tv. Reading a good book. Love board games and cards).






So, how did I discover the world of wedding planning?

Planning our wedding is where I got the spark.

When my husband and I were planning our wedding (back in 1988) I was the most clueless bride ever. Heck, (dare I admit it), I didn’t even realize that there were wedding magazines available.

Because of our crazy work schedules at the time we did most of the planning on our lunch breaks (very few wedding vendors would meet with us after work, and we couldn’t get time off during work hours).

Some vendors were no-shows for our scheduled meetings. Our reception venue was bought out by another company, and the new company’s catering style was ribs. Delicious yes, but very different that what we wanted and had contracted for (thankfully they honored our original menu choices). My aunt made our cake, and my cousin did our bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres. That was a tremendous help (2 less vendors that we had to deal with).






However, it was still S-T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L. But on our wedding day we were surrounded by our family and closest friends. And in the end, we were married, and starting this new stage in our lives together.

The decision to become a wedding planner was never an “aha moment.”

Instead something about planning my wedding stuck in the back of my head, and gradually evolved. I’d often think that planning weddings for others would be fabulous, but was a “wedding planner” really a thing? I didn’t think it was.

But it still stuck with me. I’d find myself thinking that there had to be a right way to plan weddings for other people. Planning your own wedding does not make you a wedding planner – I got that.

My interest and desire to pursue this career grew, and I continued to talk about wanting to be someone who plans weddings. (But is it even a real thing?)

Finally, one day my husband told me to stop talking about it and do something about it, or just stop talking about it. Ok, not those exact words. But he was giving me the push (and his support) to pursue this.

So, in 1994 I joined an wedding organization for wedding planners, took their training courses and shadowed with a local wedding planner. The following year I officially opened Weddings From The Heart.

That’s how I got started.

Through the years (it still doesn’t seem like it’s been over 20 years!) I’ve participated in other training courses, seminars, and workshops to continue to hone my craft. (There is always something new to learn).

Hello. How much do you charge?

It really is an honor and privilege to get to work with couples and help them have the wedding day they’ve imagined and hoped for.






I can’t imaging doing anything else.

Photo credit (Barbie and Ken): The flowers were the easy part. via photopin (license)
Photo credit (Monopoly Board): Monopoly via photopin (license)

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5 Reasons You Need a Wedding Planner


Getting married is exciting! However, planning the umpteen details for your special day can be stressful and overwhelming. A wedding planner can alleviate a lot of stress, and when chosen wisely is worth every penny.

Best for Bride, Hamilton’s premier bridal chain and wedding services provider, suggests five reasons why newly engaged couples should consider hiring the services of a professional wedding planner.

  1. Wedding planning involves lot of work

From choosing vendors to booking the venue and bringing together all the details of your wedding day, wedding planning is lot of work. Couples often do not realize the amount of effort and time they have to put in, till they begin handling these tasks. It quickly becomes stressful, especially if both partners are pressed for time. With a wedding planner, all your plans will progress in an organized fashion without much worry.

2. A wedding planner knows what to do

Unlike couples who usually plan a big event like this for the first time, wedding planners know how to handle wedding planning efficiently. With their previous experience, they have no trouble keeping track of deadlines and doing things at the right time. Hence, it is unlikely that anything will be missed. A professional wedding planner will help you realize your wedding vision in the best possible way by finding options that work within your budget.

3. You deserve to enjoy your engagement

Whether your engagement is long or short, you deserve to enjoy this romantic capsule of time. However, wedding planning can take over your life and you may end up with little to no time to enjoy your relationship. A wedding planner will attend to all these plans on your behalf, leaving you enough time to enjoy and take care of yourself.

4. Wedding planners make vendor choices easier

Vendor selection is an important, but challenging. Not only does it take time to research, shortlist and interview vendors, you have little guarantee on whether they will deliver as promised. Wedding planners can recommend suppliers who they’ve worked with before or have seen in action. They can also research and shortlist new vendors. Additionally, they do a good job at negotiating rates and discussing requirements. This makes the entire task a lot easier for you.

5. They fix things that go wrong

With the amount of details and number of people involved, the likelihood of something going wrong is very high. When issues crop up closer to the wedding day, you will end up feeling frantic and worried. Wedding planners are the best people to handle potential issues efficiently. With an organized approach, they ensure everything is under control; timely follow ups are done, payments are made on schedule, logistics are considered and details are managed. Despite this, if an issue arises they usually have a Plan B, so everything progresses without a hitch.
Author Bio:

Best for Bride is a leading bridal dress chain, operating from four locations in Canada and also offering an online shopping option. Their inventory includes top-class designer collections as well as dresses for the bridal party and for special occasions. Check out this video to learn how to save on a wedding gown.

So You Want to Be a Wedding Planner – Some of My FAQ’s

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Being a professional wedding planner is more than just loving weddings and being able to throw a great party. People interested in becoming a wedding planner often contact me about how to get started. Below are some of the more common questions asked by people who want to be a wedding planner.

(By the way – even though this information is directed at those interested in becoming a planner, it is also useful to someone who is planning her/his own wedding).

1.      What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?

  • Get as much education (wedding/event related and business related) as you can.
  • Network as much as you can.
  • Read, read, read! Read bridal magazines like Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Grace Ormonde, etc., (what brides are looking at). Read books and magazines on decorating, flowers, etc. Read trade publications such as Vows, Special Events Magazine, and Cater Source. Read wedding blogs such as Style Me Pretty, Wedding Bee, or (my personal favorite) Preston Bailey.
  • Join (and participate in) organizations (wedding related and business related).
  • Take the time to make appointments to visit other vendors. (Remember, referrals go both ways).
  • Remember that it is UNETHICAL to misrepresent yourself by saying you are a bride (or getting a friend or family member to do so) in order to get information from other consultants.
  • Take it slow and steady, you’ve got a lot of relationships to develop and maintain, and when they say it takes as least five years to establish a new business, believe it. But the time invested is worth it.
  • Be sure to give yourself regular “off time,” especially if yours is a home based business. (This has been hard for me to do, but my husband and our 20 year old son give me incentive).

2.     What wedding associations/organizations are there?

There are several reputable associations, including:

Some consultants will swear by one and not another, and vice versa. Look into what’s available to determine which one(s) will suit you best.

3.     What would you consider to be the most demanding part of your job as a consultant?

Keeping brides, (as well as grooms, and other wedding professionals) informed and educated as to what professional wedding planners/consultants/coordinators truly do, and what differentiates the “professional” from the “hobbyist.”

Being a wedding consultant is nothing like what is usually shown in the movies or on tv, and isn’t the high-paying, oh-so-glamorous get-rich profession as so many seem to believe.

Other tips, suggestions include:

How I Got Started as a Wedding Planner

4.     Be aware that there are no “typical” work weeks, and that you WILL be expected to work evenings, weekends, tomorrow, etc. While I find being a bridal consultant to be rewarding, it isn’t all “fun and glamorous.” Contrary to what many people think, it is not all about getting to go to a lot of parties. It is work.

5.     Contact local wedding related companies. Are they hiring? While the position(s) they have are not wedding consulting, you will gain valuable “behind the scenes” experience.

6.     This is a field that relies heavily on good communication skills, both verbal and written.

Before contacting any wedding related companies, take the time to find out the name of the contact person, including proper spelling. This is a detail oriented profession, and addressing someone by their name rather than a generic “dear sir or madam” or the like, or misspelling their name, is one detail not to be missed.

While you’re sure to be enthusiastic and excited, you need to be an active and effective listener (talking 90 miles a minute without taking a breath is not good). Also, clarify and summarize details of the conversation (ex. if an appointment has been set, state “we’ll be meeting at 2:00 at such and such place on Tuesday the 23rd.”)

You only get one chance at a first impression, and if you use poor grammar/spelling/punctuation, repeatedly forget the person’s name, etc. you will not be taken seriously, and may not get another chance.

7.     Keep in mind that many wedding planning companies may be just a “one-man- or one-woman-show” and do not have any paying positions to offer, but may be open to having someone job shadow, with the experience being the payment.

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Why Your Wedding Planner Needs To Be At Your Ceremony Rehearsal

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Came across an inquiry for a wedding planner. For the planning services requested, the bride-to-be checked off yes for “ceremony,” yes for “reception,” and no for “wedding rehearsal.”

Ladies, you may think you’ll save some money if your planner doesn’t have to be at the rehearsal. But IT IS IMPERATIVE that anyone involved with the ceremony to also be at the rehearsal.

Sure, you’ll discuss with your planner in great detail the way you want the ceremony to be, the order that the wedding party will go down the aisle, if there will be a unity candle, what songs will be played for the processional . . .

But, things can change. And even the slightest change can throw things off IF THE PLANNER WAS NOT AT THE REHEARSAL!

So You Want to Be a Wedding Planner – Some of My FAQ’s

What could possibly be changed?

  • The order of the wedding party is different than what the couple decided at first
  • Programs will be passed out (when originally there were none)
  • The bride’s processional song is different than what she initially chose
  • An aisle runner has been added
  • There won’t be a unity candle (or sand ceremony or the like)

Can you imagine what would happen if any of the above occurred at the rehearsal, and the planner wasn’t there?

There would be confusion, and the likelihood that something would not go right.

In over 20 years as a professional planner, I have never left a wedding rehearsal without having any changes or updates to be made to the timeline. Sometimes the changes were minimal and minor. Other times the ceremony timeline had major revisions.

A couple years ago, I was told that I didn’t have to come to the rehearsal. There ceremony site was a bit of a drive, and she didn’t want me to have to make the trip two days in a row.

A very kind gesture. But, I explained to her that yes, I will definitely be (and have to be) at the rehearsal. Although I have done hundreds of wedding ceremonies, I have not done YOUR ceremony.

Being at the rehearsal ensures that all of my information is up to date, any last minute questions are answered, your wedding party knows who I am, and I will know the “lay of the land” if it is at a venue I haven’t been to before.

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Do You Need a Wedding Planner? Would You Remodel Your Home Without a General Contractor? By Christine Boulton





I don’t get it. Why would you take on a project that can cost you anywhere from $10,000 to, well, as high as you want to go without having a professional by your side?

Here is the thing, would you take on a major home remodeling project without hiring a general contractor? Of course not. I know, you are asking how are those even remotely the same. Let me ask you,

“How are they different?”

  • Both have budgets in at least the 5 figure range. That is a LOT of money.
  • In both instances you want a high degree of personalization. In short, you want YOUR dream to be executed.
  • Both will require a long list of sub-contractors that you have most likely never dealt with before.
  • Both require tight scheduling to make sure everything comes together on time and on budget.
  • Both are going to have glitches and unexpected issues pop up that someone is going to have to deal with.
  • The results of both are going to be with you for a long, long time.

Am I beginning to make some sense here?
All those things listed below are what a wedding planner does.

  • They know which vendors are reliable and match your style.
  • They help you translate your dreams to the people who are going to make them come true.
  • They know all about how your venue works in terms of timing and convenience for load in.
  • It is their job to keep that timeline on track so, for example, the flowers show up after the tables are set up, dinner is served hot and the MC know when to do the first dance.
  • It is their job to keep all those sub-contractors working together on the right plan.
  • They are there to look you right in the eye and say “Yes you can have that, but you are going to have to give up XYZ”
  • They are there to handle those last-minute glitches and issues in a way that you don’t even know they happened.

There is a wealth of information online today on how to plan a wedding, but until you actually do it, you have no idea of everything involved.

Seriously, when you look at it in this light, why would you even think of not hiring a wedding planner for one of the days you are going to remember for the rest of your life.

Sure, I could watch HGTV, DIY Network, House Crashers and This Old House until my eyes bleed but one episode of Holmes on Homes or DIY Disaster will cure my ass of thinking I can remodel my kitchen on my own!

By: Christine Boulton
Wedding Dish
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How Important is Certification to Becoming a Wedding Planner?





As with any profession, training, whether it’s a certification program or not, is important. There’s disagreement among people in the wedding industry about the benefits of certification programs. Some feel that what is taught in many of those programs is “dated.” Others are concerned that a certification program is not the “end all be all” for knowledge in their field, since many certification programs are valid for a lifetime (meaning: you learn the material, you take the test, and you’re certified forever). Is training from 5, 10, even 15 or more years ago still enough?

In a sense, maybe the material is dated. There have been so many changes in weddings in the past 20-30 years. Used to be that the couple often grew up in the same town, and people got married and had their reception at the same place as everyone else. The bride’s mom and dad paid for everything, and the groom often was not involved in the planning. Formal training programs often only cover the “traditional” ways concerning weddings and wedding planning.

Today, we have so much more variety and options – where the ceremony and reception take place, to how traditional (or non-traditional) the wedding is. More and more couples are paying for the whole event themselves (maybe with a little assistance from parents). These days there can even be two brides or two grooms. So the “traditional rules” often no longer apply.

But the knowledge gained from certification or other training programs is a foundation from which to grow. Any training/certification class or program does not teach “all there is to know.” There is always more to learn, so continuing education is important. Whether a workshop on cake design, to assisting a florist or photographer on wedding day, or working as a server at a banquet facility to learn what they all deal with behind the scenes.

That seems to be a couple things that people in the wedding industry DO agree on. 1) Getting a well-rounded understanding of weddings, and 2) the importance of continuing to get education.

It’s silly, but many who agree with getting knowledge of other types of wedding vendors are the same people who scoff at getting any type of formal training in their own field. So ridiculous. I mean, how can anyone claim to be a wedding expert if they don’t know how a ceremony processional goes, or where certain people stand during the ceremony, or the reason why there is a cake cutting ceremony at the reception, or . . .

If they don’t know the basics there’s something wrong. Get that foundation. Learn the “traditional rules” then tweak, adjust, or omit them to fit each couple. Create new traditions if that will be the best choice for the couple. It’s not “one size fits all,” but a development and discovery of what will work best and make the most sense for your couple.

Also, since there is so much information in the wedding world, and a constant shift in the way things are done, trends, and so forth, it is just not possible to learn it all. But something new can always be learned. And the more a person learns, the better he/she can provide the best possible service to their clients.

Some organizations that offer training/certification are:

Which one is best? There’s no right or wrong answer to that one. None of these programs is universally better than the others. The best way to determine that is to look into each program and see which fits you best.

If you’re looking for fun ideas, or need help with your wedding plans contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

Top 13 Common Myths & Misconceptions About Wedding Planners

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Medusa, the Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, Jennifer Lopez as The Wedding Planner . . . What do these things have in common? They’re all MYTHS!

While being a myth doesn’t keep people from seeking some of these out (well, maybe not Medusa . . . ) they often prevent couples from seeking out the assistance of a professional wedding planner.

To help clarify and debunk some of these, here is a list of some of the more common misconceptions of professional wedding planners, aka wedding consultants, wedding coordinators, and bridal consultants.

1. Consultants are expensive and only for the rich and famous.
Like most people, much of what you know about a Wedding Planner is what you see on TV, the movies, and in magazines. Lavish celebrity weddings sell ratings and more copies – but they are not the stuff of everyday real-life weddings. And the people who produce these weddings (Colin Cowie, Preston Bailey . . .) provide a very different service than your local Wedding Planner. The local Wedding Planner understands what’s in their region — current trends, and all the great local vendors and resources.

Also, most Wedding Planners offer different levels of service, from a basic hour-long session to full-service coordination and design, so you should be able to find something in your price range quite easily.

2. My caterer also does wedding planning. Why not just use them to plan mine?
A caterer’s (or florist’s, or dj’s, etc.) main job is to provide the service they are specifically trained and experienced in. While they are busy providing their service on a wedding day, how are they going to take care of any the other behind-the-scenes things? They just can’t be in two places at once.

3. I’ve just booked my reception venue and they have a list of “preferred vendors.” Why should I pay someone for the same information?
Because a Wedding Planner doesn’t give the same information. The “preferred vendor” list provided by venues, caterers, etc. are often vendors who have paid to be on that list, and is not an indication of their style, pricing, availability, nor reputation. This very same list is given to all of the venue’s clients.

On the other hand, the list of vendors provided by a Wedding Planner is tailored specifically for each bride & groom. You have your own specific style and desires, as well as budget, that you want for your wedding day.

Wouldn’t you rather have a list of available vendors that you know specialize in your desired style, and fit your budget?

4. But I don’t want someone to plan my wedding they way they think it should be.
A Wedding Planner will take the time to find out exactly what you and your fiancé want out of your wedding, how you envision your wedding day, how much you have and want to spend, and what your priorities are for your wedding.

She will also take the time to get to know YOU. By doing so, then she can make referrals and suggestions based on your unique desires and dreams for your wedding day, and NOT some preconceived notion of what a wedding “should” be.

She will help you plan your wedding the way YOU want it to be, not the way she thinks it should be, or (worse yet!) “the way it’s always been done.”

5. Don’t consultants take ‘kickbacks’ from the vendors they refer?
Absolutely not! It is unethical to accept kickbacks, finders fees, or whatever you want to call them. A Wedding Planner’s main focus is on you, the bride and groom. The Wedding Planners are looking out for the bride and groom’s best interest, not their own, nor any other vendor’s. The ONLY exception is if the consultant’s fees will be paid by the vendors and not by the client.

6. Won’t a consultant want to run the whole show?
A Wedding Planner will work with you, handling as much or as little of your wedding as you want. After all, it is your wedding. The Wedding Planner is there to help you and your family make the day perfect. If you want her to, the Wedding Planner will run the whole show, but it is your show that she is running.

7. Our church has a wedding coordinator. Why do I need someone else?
The person at the church is usually only familiar with his/her aspect of the wedding — getting the bride down the aisle on time — not the complete planning process, and is primarily concerned with making sure the rules of their church are followed. Don’t assume the church coordinator will help with any set-up, assist you and your bridal party while you’re getting dressed, pass out and pin on boutonnieres and corsages, make sure everything and everyone is in place, or be able to fix any behind-the-scenes problems that may arise.

8. I can find vendors off the internet. Why pay someone to do this for me?
You can pick names from the internet yourself. However, this is no indication of their style, price ranges, availability, or if the vendor is even reputable. Referrals provided by a Wedding Planner are not pulled off of the internet or out of the yellow pages, but from a data base of pre-qualified, reputable vendors who match a specific set of criteria that fits your wedding vision and budget.

9. My friend (or sister) just got married, and her wedding was great. Why can’t I use the same vendors?
Of course you can use the same vendors, but do you really want to have your wedding just like someone else’s?

10. My mom is helping me. Why hire someone when we can do it all?
Using the services of a Wedding Planner does not prevent you and/or your mom from “doing it all.” Instead, with her training, experience and expertise, the Wedding Planner is on hand to assist and guide you through the entire wedding process, offering suitable suggestions and quickly remedying any problems, so no one ends up too stressed and too tired to enjoy the big day when it finally arrives.

Wouldn’t you rather look forward to and enjoy your wedding day with anticipation than get so stressed out that you can’t wait for it to be over with?

11. I’m organized so I don’t need a wedding planner.
Planning a wedding takes more than just organization. You also need time.

On the average, it takes a bride at least 200-250 hours to plan her wedding. So you need to ask yourself, with everything else going on in your busy life, is there enough time? Having a Wedding Planner does not exclude you from planning your wedding. In fact, it will make the process easier. So why not let someone else do the leg work and leave the fun parts to you?

12. My venue has a wedding coordinator
While the venue coordinator can offer wonderful help and advice, their role does not cover the full range of wedding planner/coordinator duties. In truth, the role of the venue event coordinator is to manage the venue, make sure its contractual obligations to you are met, and that any venue “rules” are followed. They are not in contact with any of your other vendors prior to your wedding day.

They may not even be there on the day of your wedding (or only be there for part of the day). It’s even possible the by the time your wedding day is here, they are no longer with the venue, leaving you to have to bring the new person “up to speed.”

A Wedding Planner will be there with you throughout the whole process, offer suggestions and advice based on what will best suit you and YOUR wedding instead of just how things are done at a particular venue, and have at her fingertips all of the information from all of your selected vendors pertaining to your wedding.

13. My vendors are all professionals, I don’t need a planner
The use of a Wedding Planner in no way implies that the vendors aren’t professional or have to be watched over in order to get the job done right.

Most weddings utilize anywhere from 10 – 20 different types of vendors. All of the communication necessary during the planning process – questions asked, changes made, questions answered, things added . . . will take a lot of time. How much extra time do you really have to make additional phone calls, often getting voice mail, leaving messages, then waiting for those return calls? Part of a Wedding Planners role is to take care of this communication for you.

Not to mention that 10-15 of these vendors will have an active role on your wedding day itself. It’s so important that everyone is working together as a team, and is working off of the same time schedule. So your Wedding Planner is the team leader. We pull everyone and everything together to make sure that your wedding day meets the vision that you had during the planning, leaving you to be able to relax and get to enjoy your wedding day.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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Top 5 Reasons to Meet a Bridal Consultant

Today’s blog is by Connie Ryan, owner of Enchanting Occasions, a full service event consulting company in Tucson, AZ. Thanks, Connie!

Are you planning your wedding yourself? Do you have questions and concerns but you aren’t sure who to ask or who will charge you to ask?

Here are 5 reasons why you should meet and work with a bridal consultant especially if you’re planning your wedding yourself:

1. Reduce Stress – Wedding planners and bridal consultants are equipped in both helping you deal with and alleviating the stress of planning your big day. With their experience and knowledge they can offer valuable tips and ideas to help keep you calm and feeling supported.

2. Stay Organized – One of the main assets of a wedding planner is they help you create a plan and execute that plan. Many have their own check list to help you work off of and prioritize what needs to be done first.

3. Provide Resources – It is the life of a bridal consultant to know how and who to contact all the vendors you’ll need for your wedding day. With endless tips and ideas, wedding planners and bridal consultants can help supply answers to questions you didn’t even know you had.

4. Experience – Most people have only attended a few weddings. It is very different to attend versus plan and bring the event together. One thing to remember, when planning your own wedding, is you don’t want to have to worry if the DJ is set up and the decorations are perfect while you’re trying to relax and enjoy the day. Many venues have event coordinators you can rely on but an outside perspective who knows what you want and how everything should look can be a priceless asset.

5. Unbiased Opinion – When you announced your engagement did you notice everyone has their own opinion as to how you should plan everything? Family members and friends come out the woodwork to give you their ideas on how it should all come together. But it’s your day and you should be able to have the wedding of your dreams without worrying on who you’re going to offend by not taking their advice. This is one of the best moments to have a wedding planner, someone to say “no” for you, someone to give you an unbiased opinion and someone who has your best interest at heart.

Enchanting Occasions, located in Tucson, AZ, specializes in helping the “do-it-yourself” bride. You can contact Connie at 520-647-6768 or email her at ConFRyan@gmail.com.