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Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Planner: Essential Tips for Your Special Day

"Why do we need a wedding planner?" is a question I often get. My answer to this is straightforward: "You go to a dentist for dental work and to a doctor for medical treatment, right? Then why not go to a wedding planner for planning your wedding?" With our increasingly busy lives, a wedding planner has transitioned from being a luxury to a necessity for many. We're here to make your journey smoother, ensuring every detail aligns with your vision, saving you time, and giving you peace of mind.

How Does the Cost Structure Work?

I believe in transparency, and that extends to the financial aspect of wedding planning. Every wedding planner has a different cost structure. Some charge a percentage of your total budget, others go by an hourly rate. My approach? I charge a flat fee. This means you'll know exactly what my services will cost from the get-go, leaving no room for surprise expenses. I encourage my clients to call me anytime, ask anything. There are no stupid questions in this journey we're embarking on together.

How Has the Pandemic Impacted Wedding Planning?

Interestingly enough, the pandemic has had quite the contrary effect on weddings than what most would expect. The desire to celebrate love and unity is stronger than ever! Many couples who had intimate weddings during the height of restrictions are now planning more extravagant celebrations.

When Should You Start Planning?

Traditionally, planning commenced about 18 months prior to the big day. However, these days, I see more couples starting the process around a year or even nine months before their wedding. As your planner, I recommend at least a year or more, as this gives us a broader choice of vendors who may be booked up closer to your date.

Current Wedding Trends

If there's one thing that keeps the wedding scene vibrant, it's trends. They come and go, often coming full circle. For instance, strapless gowns are making way for unbridled gowns featuring sleeves, and wedding gloves are making quite the comeback from the 90s.

As for bouquets, smaller, unstructured, and free-flowing designs are in. They don't overpower the bride, but rather, complement her. In terms of décor, sealing treatments are quite the rage. Think about draping, floral accents, or even custom-made chandeliers crafted from champagne bottles. The ultimate 'wow' factor? An aerialist pouring champagne from the chandelier to your guests. Talk about making a lasting impression!

Weddings are all about details, and in my book, no detail is too small or insignificant. This is your special day and every element should be a reflection of your unique love story.

And so, our journey in understanding the wedding planning process concludes here, but your personal journey is just beginning. As I've discussed, choosing a wedding planner should not be an added stress, but rather a relief. Understanding the costs, time frame, and current trends are key factors in navigating this process, but at the end of the day, it all boils down to one thing:

"Your special day should be a reflection of your unique love story. Every detail matters because it's not just another event - it's a celebration of love, unity, and the beginning of a beautiful journey together." - Frank Andopolas

I look forward to the opportunity to work with you and create an event that will be remembered and cherished for a lifetime. Remember, no detail is too small or insignificant in crafting your perfect wedding day. So, are you ready to embark on this unforgettable journey? Let's create magic, one detail at a time.


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