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When those wedding bells start to ring in your head, it might be time to call on a wedding planner for help. Though they can manage your entire wedding, planners can also step in at any point of the event planning to help with the process. The range of options begins with the basic package that helps do-it-yourself brides start down the path to the big day. Or it can mean having the planner act as coordinator for the day of the event. At the other end of the spectrum is the all-inclusive package with the wedding planner assisting with the look of the event (colors and style), finding and reserving the venue, getting invitations ready, arranging the decorations, caterer, cake and music, and even making the honeymoon arrangements.

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The possibilities are many. Whether a one hour consultation or an allinclusive package, hiring a wedding planner offers huge benefit, those in the industry say. “We make the process easier, stress free and very efficient,” says Casey Muller, owner and lead coordinator of Pink Diamond Events. Suzanne Doles, executive planner and owner of Let’s PLANet, agrees. “It alleviates an enormous amount of stress right from the beginning. And it can be very cost effective.” “The biggest reason to use a planner is that you get to be a guest at your own wedding. You shouldn’t be the ‘go-to’ person,” adds Libbi Alcorn, owner of Elegant Events. “You want to be able to smell the flowers and look at the twinkling lights and just enjoy the day.” The planner saves the couple time because the initial research on vendors has been done, Muller says. “I go to all the networking events so I know those vendors and, because I work with them, I

know their styles and how they work.” Cost savings can also be realized, Doles says. “You save far more money hiring me than doing it on your own. I know the best of the best in vendors.” That includes venues, photographers, floral designers, DJs, videographer and others, she says. “I don’t have to mess around with getting the best price because my vendors will work with our budget.” Because there is already a relationship between vendors and the wedding planner, prices are often less, Dole says. “I get a discount of 10 to 15 percent off and if people do it on their own, they pay full price. By the time we book all the vendors, my services have actually been paid for.” Alcorn agrees. “You can get a lovely event for $22,000 and you can have a lovely event for half of that or 1/4 of that. The budget won’t dictate if it’s lovely. It may dictate the venue but not the quality. If the wedding planner is worth her salt, she’ll get the vendors to work with you with the Lydia’s STYLE Magazine

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