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What Do Wedding Planners Do?

Not convinced a planner is for you? Here's a list of the general tasks planners can handle.

  • Setting up a realistic wedding budget

  • Devising a wedding master plan that maps out all the little details, from ceremony music to favors

  • Showing you the best and most original locations in the area, considering your wedding size, budget, and vision

  • Finding the top florists, photographers, caterers, bands, DJs and other vendors in your price range

  • Cutting you choice deals: Consultants bring volume to favored vendors, so often the vendors will reciprocate by slashing prices or throwing in extras

  • Reading over all your vendor contracts to make sure everything is there, correct, and in accordance with your best interests and negotiations any amendments on your behalf

  • Creating a day-of (or weekend-of) timeline that tells everyone involved in the planning process -- vendors, members of the wedding party, you, and your families -- when to do what

  • Handling the invitations, from the wording and ordering to the addressing and mailing, as well as tracking RSVPs

  • Counseling you on proper etiquette as well as what's hot on the wedding front

  • Managing the wedding day: supervising vendors, setup, and delivery; handling emergencies; and soothing nerves

  • Serving as your spokesperson, conveying your every whim and desire to vendors or family members when you just can't deal with doing it yourself

  • Helping to plan and book your honeymoon (yep -- most planners will handle your travel plans too!)

-- Kristin Koch