Wedding planners are also called wedding coordinators. They provide a full range of services from simple consultation to the arrangement of every detail of your wedding. What a wedding coordinator does is work with all your vendors to execute your wedding day flawlessly and exactly as you would like. They are there from the start of the planning process or several months prior until the sweet end of your wedding day. They work with every aspect of your wedding day not just the location. There are different types of planners that offer different services that you can hire.
There is the full service planner that offers beginning to end service. This kind of planner will get to know you and your partner personally. She will want to get to know your needs and your tastes and will help you to create a budget and a time plan. She will have contacts for many vendors and will help you find the ones that suit your needs and budget. A full service wedding planner will also make recommendations for flowers, decorations, food and drinks. She will also organize the theme, colours and other smaller details you choose. A full service wedding planner is the most expensive type of planner you can choose and if you have the budget for it, is worth it as it will take so much stress of you and your partner.
A partial wedding planner comes in to the scene usually at rehearsals and the wedding day to make sure everything runs smoothly. This type of planner usually charges an hourly rate or a flat-fee that includes a set number of hours.
You can use a wedding planner for a one-off consultation. At this consultation the she will help you with your budget and time plan. She will also give you tips for working with and using the services of wedding vendors and might refer vendors working in the area. For this service they will usually charge an hourly rate.
A wedding planner’s job is to make sure that you get the best deals from other wedding vendors so that you can have the wedding of your dreams while staying within your budget. But you have to bear in mind that even though the wedding planner will refer vendors to you as free service, a lot of wedding vendors pay a commission fee to wedding coordinators to be on their referral list. So this commission fee is paid by you on the vendor’s bill.