Wedding consultants -
Wedding consultants are professionals whose lives revolve around all things
nuptial; they're part party planner, stage manager, financial adviser,
vendor, broker, and all-around wedding maniacs. Hire a full-time consultant
to help you prepare your entire wedding or to devise a wedding plan
including budget, schedule and list of good vendors and site choices before
you go solo into the preparations. Lastly, you can hire one just to play
ringleader on the actual day.
Consultant pros and cons:
There are many good reasons to hire a wedding consultant, not the least of
which is reducing your options - given your budget and ideal scenario - and
ending with supervising vendors during cleanup, ensuring they complete all
tasks in a timely fashion and leave minimal mess. An ideal wedding
consultant plays bad cop to your good cop. The catch is that you'll pay for
it. To the consultant, time is money, and depending on how long s/he'll be
needed, they will quote you a fee. As a general rule of thumb, make sure
that price does not exceed 10 to 15 percent of your total budget if you're
hiring a consultant for the whole wedding. So if your budget is $15,000, for
example, $1,500 is a fair price to pay. Before you say yes to a particular
consultant, make sure you've got a great rapport as you will be working hand
in hand. You're hiring this person to help you make your dream wedding a
reality - don't lose sight of that. If you think you'd feel better doing it on
your own, or with the help of your mom, maybe a consultant is not for you.
Fees for coordination vary widely.
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What a wedding consultant can do for you:
- Set up a realistic wedding budget.
- Devise a wedding master plan that maps out all the little details,
from your ceremony music to favors.
- Show you the best and most original locations in the area,
considering your wedding size, budget, and vision.
- Find the best florist, photographer, caterers, bands, and DJs in
your price range.
- Cut you choice deals that bring volume to favored vendors; often
they'll reciprocate by slashing prices or throwing in extras. Referrals are
the best tools available.
- Read over all your vendor contracts.
- Create a timeline that tells everyone involved in the planning
process - vendors, members of the wedding party, you soon-to-be-weds and your
families - when to do what. Plus the consultant will make sure you stick to
- Counsel you on proper etiquette and what's hot on the wedding front.
- Coordinate with the photographer, florist, musicians, and caterer/
banquet manager to determine realistic setup times and when they should
arrive on wedding day.
- Manage the wedding day, supervising vendors, handling emergencies,
and soothing nerves.
- Serve as your spokesperson, conveying your every whim and desire to
vendors or family members when you just can't deal with doing it yourself.
- Help plan and book your honeymoon.
Please feel free to contact me if I can assist you with your Las Vegas Wedding plans!!!
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