A Bride’s Secret Weapon

How to Find the Right Wedding Planner

Tips to find the right wedding planner

The most important person on your wedding day is your fiancé. The second most important person, may just be your wedding planner. Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, so for many, working with an experienced professional may help to alleviate some of the burden and stress of organizing all of the details that surround a large scale event. There are three types of professional wedding planning assistants, so your first step should be to decide what level of assistance you need. Consider if you could benefit from either:

  • A full-service planner – Someone who will guide you every step of the way and help you plan every single detail surrounding your wedding
  • A venue assistant – Someone who will assist you only in choosing your venue and vendors, but all the other details (e.g.: the dress, the logistics, the schedule) will be on you
  • A day-of coordinator – Someone who will assist you for the thirty days leading up to your big day, and the day of, in coordinating logistics and sticking to the day’s schedule

To help you choose the right wedding planner, you and your fiancé should ask yourself the following questions:

• What is your budget? How much could you spend on a planner?
• Are you planning a large or small wedding?
• When do you want to get married and how much time do you have to plan?

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If you have the budget, and are planning a large scale event, or don’t have much time to plan, you may want to consider a planner. Create a short list of local planners in your area and schedule time to interview each one. Ask each prospective planner the following questions to determine if their wedding planning approach will suite your needs and your style:

  1. Are you available on the day of our wedding?
  2. Are you a full-time wedding planner?
  3. Are you a certified wedding planner? If so, where did you earn your certification?
  4.  Do you carry personal liability and professional indemnity insurance?
  5. Is your specialty wedding design or coordination?
  6. How many weddings have you planned/how long have you been a wedding planner?
  7. How many weddings do you typically plan in a year?
  8. What was the most unique wedding you ever planned?
  9. What is the most challenging wedding you ever planned and what approach did you take you overcome obstacles?
  10. How do you communicate with your clients?
  11. Are you a member of any wedding associations?
  12. Do you work with an assistant(s)? If so, how many and what is their experience?
  13. Do you have a recommended timeline that you follow to ensure all deadlines are met?
  14. (If you are planning an outdoor wedding) Have you ever planned an outdoor wedding? What back-up plan do you recommend to deal with inclement weather?
  15. (If you are planning a destination wedding) Have you ever planed a destination wedding? Would you plan to travel to our destination the day of the event?
  16. How do you deal with stress, particularly on event day?
  17. How do you charge for your services? Hourly rate? Percentage of the wedding cost? Flat fee?
  18. What is your payment policy? Do you require a down payment? When is final payment due? Do you accept credit cards?
  19. Do you have preferred vendors that you typically work with?
  20. Are we required to book with your preferred vendors, or can we choose whoever we want?
  21. Will you invoice us for all the vendor fees or will we pay each vendor directly?
  22. Will you help us to plan the rehearsal dinner as well?
  23. Will you help us to plan our honeymoon as well?
  24. Do you have a portfolio that we can review?
  25. Can you provide references?

The most important thing to look for when meeting with planners is someone who you feel like you connect with personally. If during your conversation you feel inspired by a planner’s creativity, comforted by their organizational skills, or reassured that they truly care about you and your vision, then they just may be destined to become your wedding day secret weapon.

Choosing the right wedding planner

If you’re looking for a planner in the greater Bergen County region, we recommend meeting with these exceptional wedding planners and consultants:

Kim Myl – Lulu’s Event Design

Christine Fox – Fox Event Planning & Floral Design

Christine Figliuolo – Creations by Christine

 

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Cut the Cake

Impress Your Wedding Guests with a Custom Dessert Table or Candy Buffet

Cake is undoubtedly a traditional wedding element, however experts estimate that only 60 percent of wedding guests actually eat and enjoy the perfectly frosted slice of cake that they are served. How can this be when brides and grooms agonize over the perfect cake-filling-frosting trifecta? The biggest reason why wedding guests pass on cake, is due to preference. Believe it or not, there are some people who simply do not like chocolate (I know, right?!) or butter crème frosting, or even raspberry filling.

Another one of the biggest factors that impacts the amount of uneaten wedding cake, has to do with how it is served. Some banquet facilities and restaurants will give each guest a piece of cake, even if they don’t want it. Others will ask each guest if they would like cake and serve it accordingly, and still others will cut the cake, put it on small plates on a large table, and allow guests to take a slice if they are so inclined. With so much wedding cake going to waste at weddings across the nation, there has to be a better option that will delight guests while still fitting the couple’s overall theme, and adding a visually dynamic element to the overall wedding motif.

Enter the dessert table.

Brides and grooms across the country are increasingly cutting the cake from their wedding day menu in place of a custom dessert table or candy buffet. Why the appeal of the desert table?

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Forget trying to appease each and every guest with only one dessert. Your guests have given you the gift of spending the most important day of your life with you. Treat them to whatever type of sweet they crave the most. Forget chocolate or vanilla and instead pick both, and add to that cake pops, chocolate covered pretzel sticks, chocolate covered Oreos and macaroons.

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Visual Interest

Wedding cakes are lovely and they can certainly act as interesting displays at your reception, but once they have been cut, that design element is gone. Dessert tables and candy buffets add visual interest and will last throughout the evening.

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Wedding cakes can be designed to fit the style of your wedding, but only a candy buffet can offer dozens of elements designed to fit your unique wedding color theme.

 

 

They Appeal to Every Type of Post-Dinner Craving
We all have our sweet preferences. Some of your guests are likely to reach for a soft, sweet, frosted cupcake, while others are going to crave salty, crunchy pretzel sticks, or the long-lasting enjoyment of brightly colored rock candy, and still others will be enticed by sour, gummies. Why offer only one dessert option when your guests crave so much more?

They Serve as Additional Wedding Favors
Many of our couples elect to set small baggies out at their candy buffet table at the end of the night and encourage their guests to take a sample of their favorite sweets with them to go. After an evening of celebrating, dancing, laughing and crying tears of joy, what better way to send your guests off at the end of the evening than with a colorful, delicious reminder of a wonderful evening.

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Dessert tables aren’t just a growing trend for couples planning weddings. They are popping up at all types of special occasions. From baby showers, first communions, and mitzvah’s, to birthdays, engagement parties, corporate events, and anniversaries, candy buffets and dessert tables offer event planners a modern alternative to traditional dessert plating’s.

For more information on custom dessert tables and candy buffets, contact the creative team at Sweet by RSVP to me today.

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