What Does a Wedding Planner Do?

As you and your fiancé settle down to start thinking about your special day you may be starting to wonder if you need a wedding planner and if so, what specifically do you need a wedding planner for.

It is usual that as part of a planner’s services, unless otherwise specified, wedding day management is included (it could be that all you want is wedding day management service and many wedding planners offer this as a specific service). You may ask, and this is a question that I have been asked, what does a wedding planner do for us on the day, why am I paying for x number of hours on the day?

Now the answer to the specifics of this question differs between planner to planner; however, the main aspects of wedding day management usually follow the same lines.

Your wedding planner will have drawn up a detailed schedule of the day. They will also have made special note of any important details. They would also have a detailed plan for the set up for the day. They will know how your tables should be set up, how the decorations should be put together and any other relevant detail. They will make sure that everything is done according to plan. They will also be able to answer questions from either other wedding suppliers or from guests. They will have the details such as meal choices and know which guests have dietary requirements.

They will normally have compiled a list of suppliers to arrive on the day, the time they will arrive, and the phone numbers and names of a contact person. This is very important as the last thing you want to worry about is your suppliers and whether or not they have arrived and are doing what they need to do. Depending on the outline of the wedding planners service details, they will normally have confirmed theses details with all suppliers.

During the set up by different suppliers, your wedding planner will be making sure that everything is being done to your specific requirements, to answer any questions that they might have at the last minute, and to make sure that every last detail is taken care of. They will usually arrive on site at around 10am (this differs from planner to planner) and see you through the next 9 or 12 hours (again depending on the planner). They will manage all times and make sure that speeches happen when they should, and that the wedding breakfast gets served when it should. They will deal with any questions that your guests might have (like “where should we leave our special wishes cards for the wedding couple?” or “where are the toilets”) these are questions that can be easily delt with by the wedding planner and which you don’t have to worry about.

They will usually make sure that if there are any children that are being taken care of by the nanny are doing alright and reassure the parents. They will know which guests have specific dietary requirements and that they receive the correct meal.

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