Every couple’s needs differ when it comes to wedding planning. While some are able to handle the whole project themselves; others prefer to turn to a professional for guidance. Wedding planners are professionals who can assist you with the planning, management, and design of your big day. When researching planners, you may have noticed that each company or individual offers different packages, and you might not be sure which type of assistance suits you the most. Before you sign on to a specific service, take a look below at the types of wedding planning services that are most commonly available nowadays, and what kind of couples are each of them suitable for.
Full service wedding planner
A full service wedding planner takes care of the entire process from beginning till the end. He/she will be the project manager that handles both design and coordination of your wedding, and will be able to take care of all the vendor communication and details for you. They will help you come up with a cohesive theme and overall design of your wedding, and then assist you in booking vendors who are able to execute the vision on the day-of. This type of wedding planner is most suitable for:
- Couples with very busy lives, who do not have much time to dedicate to wedding planning
- Couples with very complex weddings, or weddings with a huge guest count
- Couples who are unsure about the whole planning process, and would like professional help to ensure that everything goes smoothly
Event designers are experts who only take care of the aesthetic part of your wedding. They will help you in picking a colour palette, designing your centrepieces, and finding decor items and stationery that can bring your wedding vision to life. However, they will not be in charge of logistical details throughout the process, such as setting your budget, managing your guest list etc. The only coordination that they will be assisting you with is that associated with the sourcing, delivery, and setup of your decor and rentals.
Couples who hire event designers are usually those who can handle the project management themselves, but would like some help in pulling together the look of their wedding.
Partial / a la carte planner
Some planners offer partial planning or a la carte services, meaning they create packages with a set number of service hours, together with a list of items that they are able to assist couples on. This service is best suited for couples who prefer a more hands-on approach in managing their wedding, but need assistance in areas that they are not familiar with, such as vendor research or event design. When signing on for a partial or a la carte package, remember to be very clear about what your planner can and cannot help you with, in order to avoid confusion when working together with them.
The term day-of coordinator can be a little misleading, as it seems like they will only be around to handle things on the day of your wedding. However, it is not possible for a wedding planner to just show up on the morning of your big day, and be able to manage all the details right away. Day-of coordinators usually start working with couples around a month before the event itself, to get a good grasp of your planning progress so they can plan out the schedule of your day. If you would like to be involved in the design and management of your wedding, but do not want the stress of having to deal with vendors and setup on the day-of, this service will be ideal for you.
There are companies that provide other packages and services as well, depending on their expertise in the industry. The important thing is to figure out how involved both of you would like to be in the planning process, and what areas that you need help with the most. Once you have this sorted out, you will be able to decide on what type of wedding planner that you should hire to assist you in your journey.