If you are a bride-to-be, you may feel overwhelmed with all the decisions you need to make in order to plan your wedding. You have to stay on top of all the different people involved until the very last minute. If you have a big wedding more people will be involved such as caterers, florists, a d.j., photographer, and even the minister. Don’t forget about the dresses. Who will fit the gowns? Then, of course you have to worry about the rehearsal dinner, the wedding and the reception. With your busy lifestyle you may want to hand some responsibility or all of the responsibility over to a wedding planner or a wedding director.
There is a big difference between a wedding director and a wedding planner. If you follow tradition, a wedding director is usually a close friend or family member who orchestrates your wedding events starting with the rehearsal dinner, the wedding, and then the reception. The wedding director makes sure everything runs according to schedule and as planned. A wedding planner takes over at the beginning and with your input will plan your wedding for you. Traditionally a wedding director is free, now there are paid companies that provide the service. Wedding planners cost a little more and do everything.
The wedding director is like a movie director telling everyone when and how to do what is needed to be done. The wedding director will make sure everyone goes down the aisle on time, the toast by the best man is given on time at the reception, etc. The events are the wedding directors worry. If anything unforeseen should happen at the wedding rehearsal or worse, on your wedding day, the wedding director will take care of it.
A wedding planner is so much more than the wedding director. A wedding planner will do the job of the wedding director and depending on what you want will plan your wedding. All the stress should be alleviated when you hire a wedding planner. All you have to do is show up for fittings, and decisions when the wedding planner asks you to. You have your choice of food, music and dresses. The wedding planner just makes sure little details happen and smoothly.
If you don’t want any of the stress during your wedding, hire a wedding planner to make all the decisions you authorize the wedding planner to make. You should be able to relax and not DO anything until it is time to walk down the aisle. The wedding planner will hire everyone and make sure everyone shows up. They will even orchestrate your wedding day.
A wedding planner is a paid professional. A wedding director by tradition is usually a favor from a relative or close friend. If you hire a wedding director, then you will have to pay for their service.
Depending on how much you want done, will determine who you choose to service your wedding. Do you need a wedding planner? Do you have someone that wants to be your wedding director? How involved do you want to be with your wedding? These questions may influence your decision.