Planning a Wedding? Get a Wedding Coordinator!

Wedding planners got a big boost from the Jennifer Lopez film The Wedding Planner and it’s an industry that is growing every year. People want to get married and there’s a lot that goes into a wedding. The wedding day is also the event that marks the first day of your marriage. For many couples, this is one of the most important and remembered days in their relationship. What happens on your wedding day will be fodder for stories for decades to come. Parents will tell their children and grandchildren about their wedding day.

For some, the wedding day sets the tone of the marriage and often reflects not only the values, but the personalities involved in the wedding. A wedding planner can help couples achieve their ‘dream’ wedding while saving them from a lot of stress at the same time. There are all kinds of titles for wedding planners including:

  • Wedding Director
  • Wedding Consultant
  • Bridal Consultant
  • Event Planner
  • Wedding Planner

Traditionally, the bride’s mother is the de facto wedding planner. But modern life often has adult children living far away from home. Geography can often impede a mother’s ability to plan a wedding. The benefit of hiring a wedding planner saves an engaged couple time, money and stress. The wedding planner’s job is to set up, direct and produce the fairy tale that will be your wedding.

Brides have careers just like grooms. More often than not, members of the wedding party are extremely busy whether the mother of the bride or the bridesmaid. A wedding planner’s job is to work on your wedding rather than leaving you to try and juggle a thousand different things.

If not for my wedding planner, I think I would have eloped. I would never have remembered to order flowers, food, cake and reception items. It wouldn’t have occurred to me to coordinate times with the reception area and the wedding venue and if I’d had to make sure that there was proper silverware, glasses, a buffet and more – I think we would have ended up with a barbecue and paper plates. (Not that I would have minded!) Weddings are stressful events, why make them more stressful than they have to be?

The wedding planner will act as the economic advisor, the organizer, the facilitator and the director. They will handle the props, the setting and even the casting. They will take care of handling the vendors, dealing with the crises of locating the right flowers and make sure that all the contracts are up to date and specific.

In other words, a wedding planner is a great gift for a couple to give themselves. Yes, a wedding planner will cost money but consider it an investment in emotional sanity. You get to enjoy all the wonderful benefits of the wedding planning and event without the nausea of the headaches. So if you’re getting ready for marriage or know someone who is, suggest a wedding planner. It can be a real treat for everyone involved.

Interesting Marriage Facts:

  • 2.3 million couples wed every year in the US.
  • That breaks down to nearly 6,200 weddings a day.
  • Average age of a bride in the US is 25.3
  • Average age of a groom is 26.9
  • Average number of guests invited to a wedding is 178
  • 1/3 of those getting married each year have been married before.
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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.