Many of you are probably wondering what it means to be a wedding planner. Especially for a small business, people often have questions on what a work day looks like for people who don’t have a “typical 9 to 5 job.” Since we heard the call, the Now and Forever Love Team is here to answer.
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Is a wedding or event planner necessary?
While it is not absolutely necessary, we believe that the help of a planner can minimize your stress exponentially. There is a myriad of details that go into your wedding, and many decisions to be made. Industry rates (prices) fluctuate, some vendors may offer better deals than others, wedding gown styles change, flowers come in to season at different times, the list goes on and on. These are just some aspects of a wedding that can be hard to manage, even with the help of family and friends. Having an experienced wedding professional on your team is a smart move because they can bring all of the industry knowledge to your event.
How do you get (most of) your clientele?
Like any small business, our initial clientele was none other than our own friends! We love helping those close to us, from high school to college friends, to colleagues and family members. With that, Facebook messaging, Instagram messaging, and word of mouth has worked for us in the past. As the company continues to grow (yay!), our clientele is expanding to friends of previous Brides and Grooms, referrals from other vendors, and advertising mediums (i.e. website, Yelp, The Knot, Facebook, etc.).
What does your average day look like?
If you’re someone who needs a change of scenery and does not want to be confined to an office desk every day, this field may interest you. While the main events prohibit you from enjoying most weekends, the job does allow you to be flexible throughout the week. One day, we might be going to three meetings with clients. One can be a design meeting with the florist, another can be a walk-through at the venue, and another could be a dress fitting.
The next day, we can go to a local cafe and work on the most amazing wedding blog on the planet (ahem…) for hours on end. On Friday’s we’ll usually have wedding rehearsals, and of course weddings on Saturday’s and sometimes Sunday’s. Each day looks different, but we never stop working to ensure that our clients are getting the best quality service that we can offer.
How far in advance do you start the planning process?
For the N&FL Team, it depends on how much planning the couple has accomplished before coming to us. We have multiple planning packages that were created to fit every couple in all stages of the planning journey. We like to say that “it’s a marathon, not a race.” In other words, the key to success with any time frame is to plan in increments. We typically start with the venue, then move on to other vendors such as food, cake, lighting, dress, until the entire event is created. For our packages, click here to contact us for a consultation!
What do you do if the Bride and Groom are working with a tight budget?
We do our very best to make sure that our Brides and Grooms have the best day of their entire lives. If they’re working with a budget, that doesn’t stop us! As responsible planners who care about each and every client, we respect the monetary limitations our clients might have. We get to know our clients and find out what the most important part(s) of the wedding are. From there, we can see how we can create the dream, but in a realistic manner. Either way, small or large budgets don’t inhibit the N&FL Team from working our hardest for each client!
What is something that most people don’t realize about being a wedding planner?
Most people think that planners go with the Bride for cake tastings, dress fittings, or decide the color scheme for the reception. Maybe they’ll lend an opinion on the floral arrangements, or what kind of ceremony the couple would like to have.
The truth is…there is SO MUCH MORE to event planning than most people realize. While the wedding industry is about creating a great time for others, it’s a lot of hard work for you as the industry professional. It’s a lot of heavy lifting, being on your feet, multitasking, coordinating ten different moving parts at once, crowd controlling, utilizing time management skills, and practicing excellent customer service at all times. Your patience can wear thin, and your body can feel like Mike Tyson beat you in a boxing match. It’s incredibly fulfilling, but extremely demanding.
What is your least favorite part about being a wedding planner?
As you might have gathered from the previous question, wedding planning is no easy feat. You have to deal with a lot of personalities, and cannot expect them all to be the same. It’s hard to be one person that is responsible for bringing a lot of people together.
What is your favorite part about being a wedding planner?
Being a wedding planner mean that you spent at least six months to even two years or more with your couples. You go through all the obstacles, animosity, and negativity that can come with planning a wedding. Being that person that made their dream come true despite all of the stress, makes it so worth it. You’re the reason the Bride smiles so hard at seeing her reception come to life. When the couple has their first dance and is able to forget everyone else in the room, it’s that love that you can feel from the other end of the room that is so beautiful. It’s a joyous day for everyone involved, and you as the planner made that happen!
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Serving wherever love is,
The Now and Forever Love Team