Sunday, January 2, 2011

Why hire us as your Bridal Consultant?

Why hire Sandy, a Professional Bridal Consultant and her team to coordinate your wedding?

Creativity and organization takes practice. Wedding planning is an art form in motion. Hiring a professional means you get the benefit of our experience and knowledge.

The terms "consultant" and "coordinator" mean nearly the same thing. However there are slight variations so be sure to ask any wedding professionals you consult how they define their job. Generally speaking, a "consultant" is involved in the pre-wedding planning process with the bride and a "coordinator" focuses on making sure the actual wedding day flows smoothly.
Bridal consultants discuss coordinating or arranging a wedding with the bride and groom. They help in the pre-wedding stages to come up with ideas and contact caterers, florists, etc. An independent bridal consultant is not associated with specific vendors such as a florist or a caterer, and instead operates a self-contained business.
Wedding coordinators assist with planning a schedule for the wedding, then help conduct and coordinate the wedding day activities. In the south, a wedding coordinator may be called a wedding director. A church wedding coordinator is usually a member or on the staff of a church and their job is to make sure church rules are followed.
A Bridal Consultant is a project manager, orchestrating every detail of your big day, ultimately saving you time and money. A bride and groom often have many conflicting pressures and often need help bringing everything together.

In my experience, when a couple expresses an interest in my services I send out a questionaire. With the information they give me I begin to screen the vendors they may need to keep them within their budget and if no budget has been set, then I narrow it down to at least two or three that will match their style. We are there to help so that you can enjoy the most of this magical and perfect day.

Honestly, there are very expensive wedding vendors out there, but this is not the rule. You decide how much you want to spend and we provide the best value for your event. I have established my company with a variety of vendors, we don't limit ourselves to a perfered list of vendors. We can simply point you in the right direction, refer you to reputable vendors and give you ideas, or we can plan and orchestrate everything from the engagement party to the honeymoon. You decide.

One thing to consider; You should choose someone who has professional credentials and you feel a connection to. You will be spending a lot of time with your Bridal Consultant, so choose someone you feel very comfortable discussing personal aspects of your wedding with - inevitably, awkward situations will arise and you will need some trusted impartial advice.

We charge an hourly rate, fixed fee or a combination of these options. We recommend that our services be a part of your budget, and not an extra expense. The cost will be agreed upon in writing once you decide to use our services. We are committed to providing the best possible wedding, within your budget.

If you choose to use our services the initial consultation is free. If you just want some ideas and direction the fee is $75.00 per hour.

In preparation for your initial consultation we ask that you bring your dreams, photos and your written questions. Don't have too many people attend the initial consultation; the focus should be on you.

Yes. I am certified and a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants. What does that mean for you? With the Association of Bridal Consultants the education is extensive and once one becomes an certified consultant and works as a Novice to gain the experience and education points to advance to Professional Bridal Consultant one will be expected to maintain an air of professionalism and continue education, giving you the best in the business.

No wedding is too small. Usually a small wedding is charged at a flat rate.
How far in advance do you need to book our services?
Book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. Some wedding venue locations are booked 18 months in advance. Wedding dresses can take up to a year to get. Keep in mind most weddings take up to 250 hours to plan and orchestrate. However, if you are short on time and we have time and space available, we will come up with creative solutions to make your day magical and memorable.

The difference in the stress level of a bride who has a professional planner and one who doesn't is palpable. When it comes to the day of your wedding, the most important thing is that you are able to relax and enjoy it. You are the bride. You don't want to end up being the point person for issues and questions that will inevitably arise. Hiring a planner frees you and everyone you love to live in the moment on your wedding day.

When you pick a venue they often give you a "wedding coordinator" from the venue to help coordinate the day. This person is NOT the same as an Professional Bridal Consultant. He or she is the venue's catering manager and their job is to make sure that everything having to do with the facilities runs smoothly. While they are helpful, they do not cover the scope of what my company offers.

Hiring me and my staff means Security: “Having a wedding coordinated by "Special Events" by Sandy® ensures less risk of anything going wrong and more security that all the details will be just right!” we are your creative partners as well as the logistical supervisors for the biggest event of your life.

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