What is the difference between a venue wedding planner, church wedding planner and having your own personal wedding planner?
At the end of the day, as YOUR personal wedding planner, works directly for YOU in YOUR BEST INTEREST.
Resort and Venue wedding wedding planners are paid for by the resort or venue.
Church wedding planners are paid for by the church.
You hire and pay the wedding planner for expert knowledge and to create your wedding to be seamless, allowing details to be done in advance since it is organized, and on your wedding day, you are a BRIDE, and your mom is the MOB (Mother of the Bride) NOT the wedding planner!
As your personal wedding planner, hired directly by you, we help you:
1). Design your wedding (no 2 weddings are EVER alike – have even done 9 weddings from family members within the same family – making each one unique to that daughter or son’s wedding);
2). Negotiate your agreements customized to what's important to YOU;
3). Mediate situations which may arise;
4). Plan your wedding with detailed timelines working with alongside your vendors for when your ceremony should start, photography timelines, hair and makeup timelines, and your entire day down to the minute (which once approved by you,) is distributed to your parents, wedding party, and immediate family.
5). Implement your details, and direct, and manage your wedding rehearsal, ceremony, cocktail reception, and dinner and dance, so you may be a bride, not a planner!
Here are some examples of a few ways we saved the day (can't make stuff like this up!):
The church and resort wedding planner manage multiple weddings and events at their same location, and are familiar with the ins and outs of their property. The church and resort wedding planner may have more than one wedding and/or event on the same day and/or same time as your wedding. Make sure when you are looking for a ceremony and reception site you know how many weddings and/or events they will book on the same day as your wedding (before, during and after your wedding). It may affect your vendor load in, setup (affecting decor and design thread if we don't have time for setting up), and photography opportunities.
At a recent wedding where I was hired by the groom as their wedding planner, the resort wedding planner checked in with the bride and groom, then me. The resort wedding planner let me know at the wedding rehearsal the day before she had another wedding at the same time as my bride, and she was going to assign another resort wedding planner to be at her wedding. I asked her if she had let my bride know, and she replied, “No”. I highly suggested to the resort wedding planner a substitute the day before the wedding was not acceptable, and the bride and groom did not need any additional stress because of a resort situation.
The resort wedding planner was spread between multiple events at the same time at different locations at her property, since “both brides” wanted her, not the other person on site. The resort wedding planner could not be with 2 brides at 2 different sites at the same time, she told me she would “be right back” to help get the ceremony started on time. The resort wedding planner did comeback, yet she missed my bride’s entire ceremony. The resort wedding planner showed up 23 minutes past the start time of the ceremony. The resort wedding planner was out of breath, and thanked me for starting everything without her. The bride and groom had just kissed, and were ready for their recessional (when you walk down the aisle as husband and wife).
At a recent bridal show, a few brides told me they had a “wedding planner included in their package.” Asked them who their wedding planner was, and they didn’t know. They also did not know what the “venue wedding planner” did vs. what I could do for them as 1 of 75 in the World as a Master Wedding Planner.
Would you want this to happen to you, especially when it comes to the most stressful part of the wedding day, where it is beneficial to have an experienced wedding planner lead, line up, and direct your VIP entrance of your closest family and friends, in the middle of making sure your musicians change the music on time for the appropriate VIP entrance. Remember, everyone knows what time your ceremony is expected to start, it is printed on your invitation!
Focus is “all about my bride”, and I organized and directed the bride’s wedding rehearsal the previous day, and started her ceremony processional (when your VIPs walk in and you too) on time. My bride had no idea the resort wedding planner missed her ceremony, and that is the way it will stay. No names or photos are listed here for a reason, and if you are a client and think it was your wedding, I will deny it!
One church wedding planner tried to have the Mother of the Bride escorted down the aisle by her ex-husband. I immediately stepped in, diffused the situation, and had the mother walk in with her son (which is how we rehearsed it, and how it was on the approved wedding timeline which the church wedding planner had in her hands).
Thankfully the bride didn’t know, yet the MOB (mother of the bride) knew. The mother of the bride thanked me for eliminating what would have been an awkward situation, and commented, “You are worth your weight in gold”! The church wedding planner had gotten the bride confused with the details on the wedding which was right after this bride’s wedding.
Precision with details and experience are everything when it comes to hiring a professional wedding planner.
Kim M. Horn, MWP
Master Wedding Planner | 1 of 75 in the World
2016 Couples’ Choice Wedding Planner | WeddingWire
June 7, 2020 & January 9-10, 2021
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