“Biggest Bang for the Buck”– Hiring a Professional Wedding and Events Planner
“Biggest Bang for the Buck” – Hiring a Professional Wedding and Events Planner
by Connie Amos-Parsons, At Your Service Events Planner
Accredited Wedding Planner and Virginia State Manager,
Association of Bridal Consultants
240-235-6003 Chevy Chase office, 703-370-0402 Alexandria office AYSEventsPlanner@aol.com
My particular areas of expertise are weddings–Full Service, Partial Services, Day of Coordinator (Wedding Director package), tented garden weddings, corporate events, social events and Sandals and Beaches honeymoons and vacations.
The best recommendations I advise on your wedding are: Keep in mind that the wedding is a celebration of spending the rest of your lives together and your happiness is the most important thing. Focus on enjoying the experience together. Remember that the gathering of your family and friends is an amazing party and may be the last time everyone will be together for your special occasion. It’s a journey and at the end of the evening it’s about your future as husband and wife.
Three tips for couples:
- Develop a realistic budget together
We all have seen the statistics on the average cost of a wedding. In the U.S. it was approximately $27,000-$28,400 in 2013. However, the majority of couples spend less than $10,000. Some couples get overwhelmed at the beginning with so much to do and so many details involved in planning a wedding, not to mention family and friends giving so much advice. Take time to sit down and discuss realistically how much you want to spend on your wedding and honeymoon, whose going to pay for what and develop a spreadsheet and budget tracker.
There are so many wedding resources to assist you in developing and tracking your budget. As a wedding planner and having planned my own wedding, this will save you a lot of stress and anxiety. You shouldn’t feel you have to go into deep debt to have your wedding. Save as much as you can and spend wisely. Shop online for good deals and quality wedding items; for example invitations, favors, attendants’ gifts, accessories, decorations, linens, candles and a host of other items.
- Determine what’s the most important to you as a couple
Couples have specific wedding vendors and items that they prefer over everything else. It may be the photographer, flowers, catering, honeymoon, open bar, venue, beach wedding, destination wedding, wedding planner, etc. Prioritize what’s the most important item that is a “Must Have” for your wedding, and then list each item by “Important” down to the “Least Important”. It will help you focus your efforts and spending on what you both want the most, and if you’re on a budget, it’s so important to have your wedding beautiful and affordable. If you don’t need that classic car or crystal 4 foot vases filled with Calla Lilies or Cymbidium Orchids as centerpieces, and substitute flowers in season, you may still have that Kleinfeld wedding dress to die for.
- Hire a professional wedding planner, if only a Day of Coordinator to ensure your day goes smoothly and stress free
Why go through unnecessary stress? How will you handle last minute mishaps or emergencies if it happens prior to or at your wedding? Hiring a professional wedding planner is getting the biggest bang for your buck. Professional wedding planners can save you time, money and stress because they have lots of resources and vendors they have built relationships with that they can refer to couples on all types of budgets. Professional wedding planners can help you with design and creativity for your wedding and assist with searching and referring you to online websites f0r wedding items and ideas. Professional wedding planners direct the rehearsal and are there for you on the day of the wedding before the ceremony to the end of the reception. Professional wedding planners have a portfolio of wedding packages to choose from to customize your specific needs. Wedding planners, who are also called wedding coordinators or consultants, perform a variety and scope of responsibilities as a normal part of their job. The money professional wedding planners save you, from referring you to vendors within your budget and to online resources, can save more than their fee. It’s your day, your way with an Accredited Bridal Consultant who is a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants, a world-wide organization with over 3,000 wedding professionals, serving brides and grooms since 1955. ABC is located in all 50 states and 31 countries.
About the Author
Connie Amos-Parsons is the owner and CEO of At Your Service Events Planner in Alexandria, VA, serving Northern VA, DC and MD, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Richmond, Roanoke, Hampton Roads area and Blacksburg. Our specialties are weddings, corporate events, social events and Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple all-inclusive resorts and destination weddings. Connie is an Accredited Wedding Planner, Certified Sandals Specialist and Virginia State Manager of the Association of Bridal Consultants, with over 3,000 members world-wide. Connie holds a B.S. degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland College Park and a Master’s Certificate in Leadership Development Program from Johns Hopkins University.
240-235-6003 or 703-370-0402