as you guys can tell, I’m pretty comfortable doing research and
planning a lot on my own. However, I am a BIG advocate of wedding
planners. What’s nice is that nowadays, WPs offer all types of planning
packages. From full planning, to partial planning, to day of
coordination, they can help guide you through this experience regardless
whether your wedding is down the block or across the globe. For our
wedding we hired Rachel Cripps-Gervais, owner of the Montreal-based wedding planning service An English Rose, to provide some vendor recos and to handle
day of coordination. Here are my quick thoughts below on the services we purchased;
Hiring a Planner for Partial Planning:
I was able to find venue, photographer, DJ and baker vendors through my
trusty friend Google, there were other vendors where we felt we
needed a local expert’s POV. These included; makeup and hair stylists,
florists, officiants and string quartets. And she did a great job–we
are really happy with the vendors we subsequently chose from her
recommendations. So figure out what areas you are comfortable researching on your own and which ones you will need help with.
Hiring a Planner for Day of Coordination:
me this is essential. The first time I saw a planner in action the day
of was at my friend Robyn’s wedding a few years ago. Now that was a woman who was comfortable getting sh*t done–she was extremely organized and provided my friend and us
bridesmaids with everything we needed (she even had an assistant
trailing us all with lip gloss in case anyone needed a quick touch up.
Now that’s service!) I knew then that I just had to have someone
running the show the day of.
Our planner will step in about a month
before the wedding and will coordinate every single vendor from that
point on (i.e. reviewing all contracts, making sure vendors show up on
time and that everything is setup correctly, etc.). She will also
create a schedule and make sure things run as smoothly as possible.
This is a huge relief because I’m pretty sure I’ll be an emotional
bundle of nerves, so the last thing I want to hear is that there aren’t
enough table settings, or that Granny’s gone missing. I just don’t
want to know!! Your wedding planner should essentially be your fairy godmother;
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