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An engagement is a very special and exciting time and planning your wedding can be overwhelming. Today more and more couples and their parents are using the services offered by consultants. A consultant can save you more time and money than if you planned it all yourself. Invest wisely in your wedding to ensure you are taken care of. Relax and enjoy your special day!

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A wedding consultant is a professional whose training, expertise, and contacts will help make your wedding as close to perfect as it possibly can be – and let you relax and enjoy your wedding.

You can count on a professional consultant to help you in many roles.

Adviser
As an expert, the consultant knows weddings, from the socially correct invitation formats through the proper planning and organization of the reception.

Coordinator
Through extensive contacts in the wedding business, the consultant can match you with the right professionals, from photographer to caterer, to turn your wedding dreams into reality.

Supervisor
Why should you worry about the details of planning your wedding? Your consultant will work with the other professionals you have chosen to make sure everything happens just as you want it.

Financial planner
If you’re working with a budget, your consultant can help you organize your dream wedding within your budget, by suggesting ways to make your dollar go the farthest.

Mediator
Caught between “ex”-families and “step”-families? A wedding professional, as an independent third party, often can smooth ruffled feathers and mediate disagreements.

What will a wedding consultant do for me?
In addition to helping make your wedding dreams come true within your budget – and perhaps saving you from costly mistakes -a consultant will save you time. With today’s hectic lifestyle, many bridal couples and their families do not have the time for the detailed planning and work a beautiful wedding requires. A professional consultant, working with you, can handle the details, allowing you the freedom to do what you want to do.

How can I tell if a consultant is reputable?
All Association of Bridal Consultant’s members agrees to uphold a Code of Ethics and Standards of Membership. Look for the Association’s logo and ask to see a current membership certificate; contact the Association to verify a wedding consultant’s status. Be sure to ask the consultant during the interview what kind of education and experience they have. Some members also participate in Association-sponsored seminars and workshops; certificates indicating that they have completed this training also may be displayed.

Do wedding consultants get “kickbacks” from suppliers?
Some vendors do offer commissions to consultants, much as airlines pay commissions to travel agents. Many consultants pass these commissions to you in the form of discounts. The Association strongly recommends against commissions. But, in all cases, you should know how the consultant is being paid–and by whom.

Won’t a consultant want to run the whole show?
A professional wedding consultant will work with you, handling as much or as little of your wedding as you want. After all, it is your wedding. The consultant is there to help you and your family – and make the day perfect.

What will a wedding consultant charge?
A consultant can charge a percent of the cost of the wedding. Some consultants charge an hourly rate or a fixed fee, or some combination of these. All these methods are acceptable, but you should determine in writing how and when your consultant will be paid.

Can I afford a wedding consultant?
A wedding consultant is part of your budget, not an extra expense. In fact, you often save money because a consultant suggests less expensive alternatives that still enhance your wedding. Consultants often can obtain discounts from suppliers. Above all, the professional wedding consultant will work with you to produce your dream wedding, including the consultant’s fee, all within your budget.

Why can’t I do the planning myself?
You certainly can do the planning yourself, and that sometimes is part of the fun of your wedding. But, it also can be a hassle, checking out many sources for each vendor, making sure all the details are in place and worrying about whether you’re getting the best deal – and whether everything will turn out all right. A bridal professional has the training and experience to make it all work, while you relax.

How can I tell if a wedding consultant is providing a quality vendor?
The consultant’s reputation -and future business – depend on the quality of the services, including vendors, you receive. A bridal professional is committed to providing the best possible wedding for the lowest possible cost. A satisfied bride is the consultant’s best advertisement. So, it is to their benefit to recommend the best vendor for your budget.

Do I need a wedding consultant?
A consultant will be a distinct asset as you plan your wedding. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend time with your fiancé and your families, rather than worrying about all the details of your special day? A consultant will take care of the details, leaving you to have the fun. And, on the wedding day, you can shine as the star, while your consultant works behind the scene to make it all happen!

What qualities should I look for in a consultant?
You should be comfortable with the person. You will be spending a lot of time together planning one of the major rites of passage in your life.

(Source: Association of Bridal Consultants, bridalassn.com)

Here are some guidelines to help you decide if you should hire a wedding planner. You might want to hire a professional wedding planner if…

“ You have little or no free time to coordinate, make phone calls, do research.

“ You feel completely overwhelmed by the number of choices and decisions to make.

“ You need help with organizing, coordinating and planning your overall wedding plan.

“ You want someone else to deal with the hassles of vendor research, coordinating activities, creating timelines, hundreds of details and more.

“ You want to have an organized dream wedding day but don’t have your own list of reliable vendors and resources to pull it all together.

“ You and your significant other can’t seem to agree on anything for your wedding.

“ You want some personalization but not sure how to incorporate it into the wedding.

“ You want something different and fabulous.

“ You’re tired of buying things for the wedding here and there without an overall plan.

“ You just don’t know where to start with your wedding planning.

“ You have a vision and would like a wedding planner to help you make it a reality.

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