The Wedding Planner vs. the Venue Coordinator

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As we head into prime wedding season, it is a good time to revisit the dilemma so many engaged couples face – if you have found your venue, and it offers a “venue coordinator,” or “wedding coordinator,” is there any need to hire an independent wedding planner?

Many couples make the mistake of thinking that the two roles are the same, or at least very similar. Yes, there can be some overlap, but not much. In order to save you from finding out the hard way, we hope this post gives some clarification.

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Best Ideas for Sustainable and Eco-friendly Weddings in Colorado

 

More and more couples these days worry that their wedding might have too large an environmental “footprint.”  We wanted to share in detail Colorado’s own Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s (Steamboat area) publication for hosting a truly green and sustainable wedding, it is that good. The tips give a range from modestly to extremely eco-friendly wedding ideas.The full guide can be found here.

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To Trend or not to Trend in the New Year?

We are so excited for the 2017 wedding season – for both our existing clients and those we will soon meet!

This time of year we are always flooded with information about “Wedding Trends” for the coming season. Everywhere you look there are articles and blogs about what is “trending” for the coming year, or what trends are over, what trends to avoid, etc. etc.

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Hostess Gift Ideas for your Party or Bridal Shower

 

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It’s always appropriate etiquette to give your shower or party hostess a thank you gift for planning and hosting.  Here are great ideas to give your party hostess:

 

  • Small gift basket with wine and chocolate
  • Box of gourmet cupcakes from a local cupcake shop
  • Gourmet candle in a cute basket with a basil or oregano potted plant
  • Gift card to their favorite restaurant
  • Personalized stationery (vistaprint and etsy have both custom and inexpensive options)
  • Harry and David has great gifts that you can send

 

3 Important Questions to Ask a Potential Wedding Planner

 Do you take commissions or kick-backs from vendors?

To really compare pricing, ask potential planners if they mark up vendor prices.  You may be paying $3000 for a wedding planner but not realize she marks up all your vendor proposals by 10-20%.   If it is important to you that your planner doesn’t take commissions, make sure it is in your contract with the planner and ask to see the original proposals from your vendors.  Also, keep in mind that you are paying for their design talent and style.  A planning company with a fantastic portfolio of well styled weddings is going to charge more than a planning company focused on logistics and time lines.

Do I have contact with any of my vendors during the planning process?

You may want to be really involved in the planning and be able to contact your vendors directly if you have a question.  Or, you may want your planner to always be the point of contact.  Either way is just fine but you need to know what your wedding planner prefers so there aren’t any surprises.  You also want to know if your planner will attend all of your vendor consultations or if she just gives you recommendations.

How many weddings and events do you personally do per year?

This is going to really clue you in on the level of service you are going to receive. If your planner personally does 40 weddings per year, you are not going to receive the level of commitment and service of someone who only takes 15-20 per year.   If your wedding planner is working every single weekend in the summer, how excited and dedicated is she going to be at those last few weddings of the summer?

Wedding Planner in Denver | Wedding Planning Tips

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In case you missed these previous posts, here are a few great wedding planning tips:

Wedding Planning 101 – The Very Basics

Five Wedding Registry Tips

Monogram Wedding Etiquette

Seating Chart or Seating Cards

Ten Questions from Wedding Guests You Don’t Need to Answer