Your Dream, Your Way Made Easier With an Accredited Wedding Planner
October 27, 2009 (revised January 7, 2016) – by Connie Amos-Parsons, AWP
Certified Sandals Specialist and
Virginia State Manager, Association of Bridal Consultants
Wedding & Events Planner, serving Northern VA, DC, MD, Central VA and Hampton Roads area!
In this current economy, with today’s busy brides, it’s even more important to hire an Accredited Wedding Planner who is a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants. Research from the 2015 The Wedding Report, Inc. found that in the 2014 U.S. Wedding Market, estimated number of weddings were 2,170,593, with average spent $26,444. However, most were $10,00 or less. The 2014 U.S. Wedding Market also lists the total spending categories on weddings. The top 10 were: Food, Venue, Engagement Ring, Bar Services, Photographer, Rentals, Wedding Dress, Wedding Bands, DJ, and Planner, with the average of these categories totaling $21,582. If you have to cut costs, wouldn’t it be better to have a wedding professional who will be able to assist you in all the many details of your wedding from beginning the planning to the end the wedding day, including referrals to vendors, selection and visits to venues, the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, reception, honeymoon, and any emergencies or last minute problems that may arise? With today’s savvy, technologically efficient bride who may be working and going to school and balancing a career and family, wouldn’t you want a professional who can save you time, money, stress and help with ideas and resources for your wedding?
Here is a brief list of what an Accredited Wedding Planner (AWP), who is a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), can do for you: we have the experience and knowledge of local premier wedding vendors from cake bakers to caterers, to limousine companies to hotels, that we can assist to negotiate for you and work within your budget. We can contact vendors that we work with to get you the best quality for your wedding and pass on any savings to you. If circumstances prevent a vendor from attending, we can get a back up for you. You need a hard to find vendor, dog groomer, childcare, romantic getaway, we’ve got you covered.
There are many benefits of being a member of ABC, which would add value to the Bride, and save you hundreds of dollars in your budget. If you want to purchase invitations, accessories, gifts and favors from one of the most popular and well-known manufacturers, ABC members can offer you Carlson Craft products. ABC members can also provide you and your groom luxury included honeymoon packages and destination wedding packages to all of the Sandals and Beaches Resorts throughout the Caribbean. If you want to travel to a destination wedding, ABC has over 3,000 members world-wide that can help you plan and execute your wedding wherever your location.
ABC members agree to uphold the ABC Code of Ethics and Standards of Membership. Several of the tenets of our Code of Ethics are: we shall represent each client fairly and honestly, providing all agreed-to services in a timely and cost efficient manner; disclose to clients any payments received from suppliers; and operate an establishment that is a credit to the community.
An ABC member is committed to providing the best possible wedding within your budget. Most brides think that a wedding planner is an additional fee or luxury item. To the contrary, a wedding planner is part of the budget and will use their creativity, knowledge and resourcefulness to recommend options that will make your dream wedding a reality, beautiful, smooth, stress-free and includes the planner’s fee within your budget. With the combination of our ABC membership, experience, knowledge, resources and people skills, you can feel at ease knowing that when you put your special day in our hands, it will be an unforgettable event.
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Call Connie today for a personal consultation to discuss your wedding ideas at (240) 235-6003 or (703) 370-0402