A lot happens between the time you get engaged to the time of your wedding day. The moment you say "yes" you are agreeing to a lifetime together with your person. You see yourself growing old together and maybe having a family. Your proposal is a moment in your story as a couple that you will never forget.
And neither is your wedding day.
As a Wedding Planner I want to help tell your story and show everyone how special your love is. Your wedding day is a reflection of your life together - past, present, and future. It should be celebrated. It shouldn't feel like every other wedding you've been to. This is your day and your moment to cherish forever. Your wedding day is as unique as you are.
My job as a wedding planner is to ensure you have a flawless day, free of stress or worry. I'm there to guide you during the planning phase and to help you execute all the details once the day arrives.
Not only am I invested in your wedding physically by managing all aspects from beginning to end, I am also invested emotionally.
I care about your wedding day as much as you do, if not more.
That's why I feel it's important to expose some of the myths going around and take an honest look at the role of the Wedding Planner and why you shouldn't always believe what you hear.
Myth #1: Wedding Planners Are A Luxury.
No true. While some people believe wedding planners are a luxury - aka expensive, this is not always the case. Many Weddings Planners offer packages in a variety of price ranges. Not all weddings are the same and neither are wedding budgets.
At Gatherings for Good we understand that you can only work with what you have. If you are talking to Wedding Planners and getting quotes that are way out of your price range, you haven't found the right one yet. Or you may not be asking the right questions.
Always discus your budget up front and be honest about how much you can afford. This is the best way for a wedding planner to provide you with a realistic quote and determine which services are going to be the most beneficial for you.
At Gatherings for Good we offer serveral wedding packages and can also customize packages based on each couple's unique needs, wedding size, location, budget and a variety of factors. We always do our best to come up with options that work for any budget.
Myth #2: A Wedding Planner Will Take Over My Wedding
False. A good Wedding Planner only wants the best for you and will listen to your needs. We are there to offer our advice, expertise, support, and guidance to help you achieve your goals and execute your vision.
If you are unclear about your vision, we can help you find your unique style, fine tune your visual aesthetic, make recommendations on design and decor options, and help you create a beautiful wedding day that looks and feels like you. We never want you to feel like you don't have control over your own wedding.
At Gatherings for Good, we are there to support your decisions and give you the tools to help in every aspect of the planning up to the wedding day, allowing you to to make all the final decisions.
Myth #3: I Can Plan the Wedding Myself.
While it may be fun and exciting to plan all the details, it can also be time consuming and overwhelming. Many couples like having a Wedding Planner to help take on some of the planning to free up their time and to help expedite the process.
You may not think you need a wedding planner but it will make things a lot easier, especially on the wedding day! While you are getting ready, drinking mimosas, and enjoying time with your besties, we are working hard behind the scenes setting up your decorations, managing vendor arrivals, coordinating with venue staff, directing everyone where to go, what to do, and to make sure we are getting things done on time so when your guests arrive we are there to greet and welcome them with a smile and a glass of champagne.
We show up before anyone else to get the day started.
We're there to line up the processional and cue the music.
We're there to make sure grandma and grandpa are escorted to their seats.
We're there to make sure your dinner is ready and served to you before anyone else.
We're there to find a bridesmaid bouquet that was left behind.
We make sure your chairs are all lined up and your tables are set the way you want.
We're there to pack up your gifts at the end of the night and make sure they're kept safe.
Wedding Planners have a whole network of vendors and industry partners we can recommend. We've planned hundreds of weddings and know what things to look for. We have the ability to tap into our resources and use all the knowledge and experience we've gained throughout our career to ensure no detail is missed and you have a worry and stress-free wedding day. This is a huge benefit to you!
Planning your own wedding can also present some risks and challenges. Details can be missed, and problems can arise on the wedding day if you haven't properly thought things through.
We're problem solvers.
We put out fires.
We detail and organizational masters.
We come up with solutions to any issues or unforseen challenges that occur on the wedding day without anyone ever knowing.
All you have to worry about is having a great time!
All photos credit to @brooke_borough
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Brenda Cali is a professionally trained Wedding Consultant and plans a variety of social and corporate events.