Take a Look and See What Works for You!
Now that you’ve determined hiring a wedding planner is where you want to turn for assistance as part of your wedding team, let us now examine the different services available to you as a general guideline.
Four Different TYPES of Wedding Planning Packages Available Include:
· Consultation Packages
· Simple Packages
· Partial Planning Packages
· Full Service Packages
These services include when you meet with your wedding planner in the planning phase and receive assistance in carrying out a specific task for your wedding. This also includes any of the following: budget creation and guidance, venue search, vendor search, wedding design, candy/popcorn buffets, mini-course of coaching the DIY (Do It Yourself) bridal couple.
These examples would include an important aspect of planning the wedding.
Invitation and RSVP Management — Advice on wedding invitation etiquette, wording of invitations, managing the ordering and printing of the invitations, as well as the mailing and management of the RSVP’s when they arrive. Many wedding planners offer bridal sites to keep it all together in one place. Perfect Day Wedding Planners uses Wedding Workbook PRO.
Guest Gift Bags and Wedding Favors — Creating, selecting and preparing them.
Planning any Wedding-Related Parties — Including Bachelor, Bachelorette, Bridal Shower, Rehearsal Dinners and Wedding Breakfasts.
Venue Setup — Ensures that the wedding décor is done just as the bride and groom have requested, the flowers have arrived and decorated, the candles, favors, guest book, table décor and place cards are put out. Ensures the wedding cake table is ready with serving utensils. Checking to be sure the lighting is complete and the entertainment has arrived and is set up.
PARTIAL PLANNING PACKAGES
This planning package typically begins after most of the planning has been done, however, some planners will also offer a package leading up to the BIG day, depending on the bride’s wish.
Wedding Management Four to Six Months before the wedding — This is where your wedding planner is a lifesaver. You might be feeling a little stressed, short on time or even behind in your wedding tasks. The planner will review and confirm all of the vendor contracts and create a detailed timeline to ensure everything is complete.
“Day Of” Coordination — The ‘Day Of’ Coordinator will typically come into the process about two months before so they can get caught up to speed on what has been done, what is expected to happen on your wedding day, as well as reviewing all the vendor contracts and contacting them to confirm all the services you have paid for. A wedding day timeline will also be created so everyone can follow what needs to be done. This is actually ideal for couples on a budget, but sometimes the money is well-spent to hire your planner earlier on, as there is so much for them to get caught up on. Many brides find themselves wishing, after the wedding is over, that they had hired the wedding planner from the beginning because she brought so much value to the day.
FULL SERVICE PACKAGES
Your full service wedding planner is yours from the very beginning to the very end of the wedding planning process. Wedding planners love this package as it allows them to be part of the process from the very beginning, developing a relationship with the bridal couple, seeing their dreams become a reality.
Full Service Packages might include the following:
- Initial meeting to discuss wedding design and doing it the way the couple wishes
- Follow up in-person meetings, with unlimited phone, email and texting updates
- Budget creation and management
- Venue search
- Vendor recommendation and management of details
- Attendance at vendor meetings
- Contract negotiation
- Customized timeline
- Invitation and RSVP Management
- Advice on etiquette and traditions for their ceremony
- Rehearsal coordination
- Full ‘Day Of’ coordination at the ceremony and reception (up to 10 hours)
As an engaged couple, there are many options for you to choose when determining how involved you want to be in the process. Whichever option you choose, we are sure you will be very pleased with the value you receive, allowing you time to spend with your soon-to-be-husband!
Any questions you might have on our wedding planning services, are welcomed by Chicagoland’s suburban premier wedding planners, Perfect Day Wedding Planners.