We sure have been quiet on the blog lately and we apologize. The planning season is in full swing and between appointments, design meetings, and contracts the blog has been neglected.
I have something that I would like to say and I hope that all of you that read this will pass this along to anyone you know that is getting married and may get married in the future.
I was told by a potential client that she no longer needed a planner since her caterer and DJ both said that they offer wedding planning as a part of their fee. I will be honest that this is something that I hear about more and more and as a planner, it bugs the heck out of me.
I will not go off on a rant about the many reasons that this is wrong in my mind but I will offer, any potential client for any wedding planner, a list of questions to ask themselves when in this position
- Will < insert random wedding vendor here> talk you through your guest list dilemma and help you figure out if Aunt Emily needs to be invited?
- Will < insert random wedding vendor here> take your call at 9pm when your bridesmaid has told you that she shortened her dress 4 inches?
- Will < insert random wedding vendor here> work through your competing dream themes and color palettes and help you find that look that is perfect?
- Will < insert random wedding vendor here> call the other wedding vendors to discuss changes or additions to the contract?
- Will < insert random wedding vendor here> review all the other vendor contracts for you?
- Will < insert random wedding vendor here> be at your ceremony rehearsal to walk everyone through where to stand and when, all while calming your nerves the night before your wedding?
If you answered yes to all of these questions, then I am convinced your DJ is a wedding planner! If you answered No to just one, you may want to consider hiring an actual planner.
~ Dee Dee