Wedding Planner: Delaware Bride
Ask any couple: Planning a wedding is a lot of work. There are countless decisions to make, and most bridal couples are woefully inexperienced when it comes to putting together such a huge event. Sometimes the best thing a couple can do is hire a wedding planner.
A wedding planner can help you refine your ideas, hook you up with the appropriate vendors and make sure you stay within budget. Experienced planners have spent years cultivating relationships with vendors, so they can often get the couple the best deal. “We’re the advocates for the bride and groom,” says Erin Proud, owner of Proud to Plan in Greenville (656-6897, proudtoplan.com).
But the most important role a wedding planner can play is in orchestrating the wedding day itself. Indeed, some couples opt for day-of planners. The planner keeps things moving by coordinating vendors, checking the status and accuracy of deliveries, gathering everyone for pictures, and calming nerves.
“I never get rattled, no matter what happens,” says Jo Anne Hewlett, owner of Make a Memory Event Planning in Newark (731-4140, makeamemoryde.com).
As for price, a planner’s fees depend on the level of service. Expect to pay several thousand dollars for full service from engagement through the honeymoon. But if you don’t need—or can’t afford—someone to shepherd the entire process, you can cut costs by hiring a planner to assist only during the last few weeks before the ceremony or during the event itself.