As couples begin thinking about their wedding, they
are often confused as to how much to spend, where
to obtain specialized services, and how to choose
vendors. These worries often mount as quickly as
the cost of the wedding. After the euphoria wears
off and the reality settles in, it's shocking to
discover of how much preparation is involved. Couples
are faced with decisions about everything from invitation
wording to planning their honeymoon. Couples often
find they want experienced professional help.
Not long ago, a wedding coordinator was thought
of as a luxury, only used by the wealthy. Now a coordinator
is essential to the well planned affair. It is no
longer "trendy" to engage a coordinator.
Being experienced in negotiating contracts with caterers,
florists, photographers, and other suppliers, the
coordinator saves valuable time and money. The coordinator
can take advantage of discounts not available to
private parties and avoid costly mistakes, while
turning your dreams into reality.
The average wedding can take more than two hundred
fifty hours just to plan. With today's hectic lifestyles,
you may not have time to compare all the options,
making sure you get the best deal, and make sure
all the details are in place.
Wedding coordinators are not here to make decisions
for you, but to guide and assist you in making informed
decisions. Their training, knowledge, and experience
will turn your dreams and expectations into reality.
They want you to host a beautiful and distinctive
event which you can enjoy.
A wedding coordinator will save you time and enable
you to get the most for your money! A wedding coordinator
can serve in many other capacities. They can act
as the family counselor for apprehensive brides and
the mothers, a wedding coordinator can become as
close as your best friend.
How do you know you're hiring the right coordinator?
Trust is important in any relationship. You should
feel completely comfortable with the coordinator
and feel assured that he or she completely understands
what your needs are. Your personalities should match.
It's important to find out how long the coordinator
has been in business. Be careful of coordinators
who are not members of any professional organization.
These organizations have a code of ethics that the
consultant must follow in order to be a member, some
also require some sort of continuing education each
year to stay a member.
How Do Wedding Coordinators Charge for Services?
Wedding coordination fees vary greatly from coordinator
Here are some examples:
- 10% - 15% of the overall budget Fee based on
amount of wedding coordinated Flat rate for day
(around $1,500) plus 15% of vendor contract costs.
- Fee based on number of guests
- Flat rate based
on amount of work needed
- Hourly Rate (Often greater
than $40 per hour)
- "Free!" (beware, though, these services
take commissions and kickbacks from the vendors.)
The Whole Shebang!
Professional Wedding Coordination
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