Similarly to how there are a different range of doctors that specialize in a variety of different things, there are a whole wide range of wedding planners who obtain entirely unique skills. For example, not every wedding planner will be able to offer you design services, and not every event designer will be able to take on the logistics. There are some who are more no-nonsense and production-orientated while others are more creative and vision-orientated. Hence, it is highly important that you are extremely clear about the limits of the services every wedding planner provides when you begin to seriously consider him/her in order to ensure that you will be receiving all the support that you are expecting. Below is a more detailed breakdown of the different types of wedding planners so that you will be able to have a better overview about which option is best suited for you. However, keep in mind that these terms aren’t always used consistently throughout the wedding industry, but it is still a pretty good guideline to base your primary decisions upon.
Handling everything from the design and co-ordination, a full service planner ensures absolutely all thing wedding related such as the hiring + meeting of vendors to designing the overall vision is complete from start to finish. If you are looking for a very complex wedding affair or are just simply too confused over what to do, then perhaps this is the wedding planner for you. If you’re seeking for a well rounded professional who knows the industry perfectly to help guide you in the right direction and execute all the small details to help create your dream wedding, then you’ll need to hire someone extremely thorough and brilliantly informed about the entire wedding industry such as a full service planner.
Unlike the full service planner, the event designer simply concentrates on a single aspect of your wedding and that is trying to pull together the general overlook of the actual wedding day rather than helping you tidy up all the minor details such as the budget or timeline. Similar to an interior designer, an event designer may collaborate with other vendors such as florists, caterers and calligraphy designers to help bring your vision to life. However, it is important to note that you can not expect an event designer to help you take care of all the pesky logistics behind it all.
Needless to say, if you are planning on working with your venue manager, wedding planner and/or floral designers (who are essentially also like interior designers as they help you create a décor style that resonates your ideal dream wedding), you will not be needing an event designer. If you are one of those brides who are extremely busy and want to take a little bit of the wedding planning pressure off yourself, or even if you are just looking to achieve an intricate wedding theme that may require a little more expertise, then it may be a good idea to hire an event designer. However, this is only an option if you are also someone who is good at dealing with the smaller details such as organizing meetings with vendors, great at coping with the logistics and so on.
This type of wedding planner is not really involved in the planning before the big day, instead, what they do is to help the couple to ensure that absolutely everything is running without any flaws on the actual day of the wedding. The majority of day-of co-ordinators begin getting involved around a month before the wedding date to really ensure that everything is in check, and generally, they charge a flat fee. From the setup on the wedding day to handling your vendors and from cleaning up to fulfilling post wedding duties in order to allow you and your family members to simply lie back and relax on your wedding day, this type of wedding planner is the ultimate choice for people who want to have a relaxing wedding day, but are going to be very hands-on during the entire planning process and don’t mind dealing with all the smaller, nitty gritty details such as organizing everything and handling the various contracts.
A La Carte Planner
The A La Carte Planner only works part time to aid you in shaping the event through giving you some vendor suggestions, décor recommendations or some sight assistance with a few specific projects when you contact them directly. They will charge you either with a flat fee or by on an hourly basis for different services. This type of planner is perfect for any couple who requires someone to aid them in conjuring up a blueprint that they (the couple) will be capable of executing themselves. So, the main idea is, if you are able to cope with dealing with the smaller details, but want to steal someone’s secrets and get full credit for the wedding, then this is the planner for you.