With each passing day, it becomes more evident that Pinterest has revolutionized wedding planning for the better. Gone are the days of ripping out magazine images to collect dust in folders. Now, with the swift click of your mouse, you can create magic in mere minutes, in a way that resonates with both you, as a bride and your vendors, who will carefully bring your vision to life.
While I myself am a self confessed pinterest addict , I can’t help but notice a movement that brings out the mother bear in me: a desire to correct and protect my cubs…my clients and friends, who may find themselves at the hands of this movement. I call it, “The revolution of the Pinterest Wedding Planner.”
You see, the wedding industry is far from regulated and there’s little to accredit ones knowledge, expertise and professionalism, besides word of mouth and testimonies. Many times, after experiencing their own wedding, brides decide the journey was too fun to give up and set out to become a wedding planner. And with tools like, facebook, the ever growing number of wedding blogs and pinterest, one can curate a fairly “reputable” looking business within hours.
But, the ability to select and pair pretty images, is a far cry from being able to logistically plan and implement a production; because really, thats what a wedding is! Design and creativity is little more than 25% of the equation. Not to mention the ability to multi-task, think on your feet and provide damage control, all with grace and professionalism. So far from the darling picture many paint in their minds, at the thought of “wedding planning.”
Then we come to the fact that, being a bride who planned her wedding falls far short of the experience of being behind the scenes. No two weddings are alike and it takes countless hours of on-site experience, to learn the art of effective wedding coordination.
So, I encourage you, as a bride, mother of the bride or friend, to take matters into your own hands to protect the future of your/her big day. Do your research and be sure to ask the right questions, to ensure you’ve got the best person for the job.
To help you through this process, I’ve carefully curated a free worksheet: a list of things to address at your next consultation with your local wedding planner. None of them are trick questions, so they should be happy to provide you answers with honesty, integrity and passion.
Download your copy | Questions to ask a Wedding Planner
Until next time, happy planning!