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A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned (Same Goes for Several Thousand Bucks!)

by Valerie DiVecchio 22. June 2009 10:38
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Recently I met with a couple who is getting married in the spring of 2010.  They were considering whether or not to hire a wedding planner.  The bride was a little skeptical, which I don't blame her with all of the reality television shows these days, wedding planners aren't always portrayed in a very positive light.  We spent about an hour and a half together one evening and at the end of the meeting they signed a contract.  And then came the phone call the next morning.

The groom called to tell me that it was "World War III" when the bride told her mother that they had hired me.  The mom, not knowing what value a planner can bring to the table, was very upset and thought that her daughter was only wanting her money and not wanting to include her mother in the planning process (so not true because she had told me that her mother was going to be very involved).  Under pressure, the bride buckled and the groom called to ask if they could get out of their contract.  "Not a problem", I said, after all I had only met with them about 12 hours before and I hadn't done any work for them as of yet. 

I saw the bride and groom again at a networking event recently and asked how the planning was going.  They commented on how expensive everything was, but they had finally found a venue.  I am very familiar with the venue that they selected and I have a great working relationship with the people there.  I asked if they were comfortable with the contract that they signed and she told me the details.  Come to find out, although they are getting married on a Sunday evening, they were charged with a Saturday evening food and beverage minimum!  Without a planner, they did not know that you can save money by having your event on a Friday or Sunday versus a Saturday.  I congratulated them and gave them my best wishes for a wonderful wedding.

What I didn't tell them was that I have a client who is getting married around the same time that they are at the SAME VENUE and I was able to negotiate a food and beverage minimum that was $5,000 LOWER than theirs.  And this couple IS having it on a Saturday night!  I knew better than to tell them about this because the last thing I want to do is make someone upset, but I did think that it would be good advice for my blog readers.  Sometimes when considering hiring a planner, look at it as an investment.  One that will save you time, stress and money... I don't know about you, but to me it sounds like a solid choice!

The Wrong Kind of Wedding Planner...

by Valerie DiVecchio 25. May 2009 16:39
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I was able to relax over this nice, long, three day Memorial Day weekend - a rare thing in this industry.  I was finally able to catch up on some shows that have been piling up on the Tivo.  I know, I know... what a waste of a weekend, right?!  So anyway, I was watching the season finale of Ghost Whisperer and much to my dismay, there it was... the "stereotypical" wedding planner. 

So for those of you who don't watch the show, let's back up.  Melinda was married to Jim.  Jim was shot and killed, but instead of crossing over, his spirit jumped into the body of another guy who died, Sam.  So now Jim is Sam and for most of the season, Jim had no memory of his old life.  And then, poof, after Sam has a near death experience, Sam thinks he is Jim again, but yet looks like Sam.  So now that Sam, er Jim, remembers Melinda and their love for each other, they are getting married again because Jim looks like Sam.  Confused yet?

Now to the point I was trying to make... Melinda's mother hires her a wedding planner as a gift.  Great gesture, except that this guy - who by the way calls himself the ambassador of love - shows up and the first thing he says is "don't worry about a thing, it's my wedding now".  Yikes!  What the heck is that all about??  So if there are any people out there who think that is what a wedding planner is all about, let me set the record straight.

If you meet any wedding planner - or any vendor for that matter - who wants to take over your wedding, run - do not walk - away as fast as you can!  I've been in this business over twelve years and I would never dream of taking over.  From the initial consultation, I make it very clear that the couple makes all of the decisions themselves, I am there to offer guidance and advice based on my experience and expertise.  I assist with making my clients' dream come true because it is their wedding day - not mine!

Unfortunately television loves to put a spin on things, that's after all what makes people tune in.  I just wish someone would make these shows a little more realistic.  So if there are any TV execs out there listening... I'm available for a consultation!

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