I come across couples all the time who put a lot of energy, effort and emotion into planning their whole wedding – from choosing a venue, to photographer and DJ – and then their planning comes to a standstill, with less than 6 months to go before their big day. They attend as many wedding shows as they can in the beginning of the year, are then subsequently overwhelmed as they walk around the shows and then are further stressed out and nervous as they rush the remaining parts of their wedding planning and are probably not making the best decisions at that point – particularly when it comes to how they are spending their money. Yet after all that headache – and then some – they still do not consider investing in a Wedding Planner!
Contrary to popular belief, we are not “expensive” for all the work that we do and you can afford us. We are sometimes with you in the planning process for as long as 1.5 years out; we are the main point of contact for all your vendors, the one who knows all the moving parts to your wedding day; the one who will be there when you need advice, someone who will gather your ideas and present you with tailored options to choose from (saving you time, money and your sanity!) – and above all – we are that special someone who has your best interests at heart. We always recommend couples who insist on planning their own wedding, to at least hire a Day-of Coordinator to oversee your day so that everything you have planned and worked so hard for is executed accordingly by your hired professional. We invite you to take a look at our Day-of Coordination packages to consider if this is something you feel you can benefit from.
It is our duty as Wedding Planners to share our services, expertise and the value of our industry with couples, like yourselves, so that we can help you make an informed decision and save you from potential wedding planning nightmare. We are so passionate about our craft that we have included a write-up on the main page of our website, titled: Why Hire a Planner?
After reading the post (transferred below), how can you afford not to hire a wedding planner for one of the most important days of your life? 🙂
We provide you with…
1. (W)ONDER CHIC EVENTS’ ‘PEACE OF MIND’ ASSURANCE, NO MATTER WHAT STAGE OF THE PLANNING PROCESS YOU’RE AT.
Whether you only have 6 months to plan your entire wedding and require a full-service wedding planning package or only 3 weeks before your big day and require someone to step in and manage the day for you – we are here for you every step of the way! You can enjoy your wedding day thoroughly knowing that you have someone in your court, to take the stress away, execute your wedding vision and tackle the issues that come up throughout the day.
2. (O)RCHESTRATE WEDDINGS THAT ARE ON-TIME, SMOOTH-RUNNING, BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED, AND ABOVE ALL, SUPER FUN.
We pride ourselves on keeping the logistics in check, overseeing all vendors and setup requirements and having a design eye to ensure your wedding details are expertly managed. It’s music to our ears when our couples express what a great time they had at their wedding and how their wedding day felt like a dream. We are capable of handling wedding days as long as 10-14 hours and keep track of time with built-in buffer time to ensure that even if a little traffic kicks in – we are still on time! Did we mention, we’re also great at keeping secrets and planning surprises that the couples have for each other? And coordinating special Grand Entrances with a ‘wow’ factor? Yep!
3. (N)EGOTIATE PRICING AND DETAILS ON YOUR BEHALF, KEEPING YOU ON BUDGET AND POTENTIALLY SAVING YOU MONEY.
You’d be surprised at the savings if you would benefit from if you were to have an off-season wedding between the quieter months, typically between January and April (because of the cold weather we get here in Ontario at that time) and a Friday/Sunday reception versus one held on a Saturday. Venues and caterers need to fill their dates, photographers’ fees tend to be negotiable and you’ll have wiggle room with florists by choosing the flowers in season. With our preferred network of vendors, you may even save more on top of what they offer the general public – in addition to the high likelihood of getting your first choice across all categories!
We provide you with…
4. (D)ETAILED MEETINGS, CHECKLISTS AND TIMELINES THAT ARE TAILORED TO YOUR UNIQUE WEDDING TO KEEP YOU ON TRACK AND TO SAVE YOU TIME.
It takes on average anywhere between 250 hours to plan a simple, straightforward wedding and up to 450 hours for a more elaborate affair. We, as your trusted wedding planner, can help save you valuable time by doing the behind-the-scenes research, presenting you with tailored options to choose from and by providing you solid checklists and templates to keep you on track. It would be our pleasure to be with you every step of the way in conquering all the “To-do’s” leading up to the big “I do!”
We provide you with…
5. (E)TIQUETTE INFORMATION, CUSTOMARY ADVICE AND WEDDING PLANNING TIPS – YOU HAVE A QUESTION? WE HAVE THE ANSWER.
How do I word an invitation properly? How much do I tip the limo driver? Where can I get my dress altered if I bought it online and it came two sizes too big? How do I politely decline my parents’ wishes for a receiving line? These are just some of the questions you may be faced with once your wedding planning is underway! Let us provide you with the solution to each and every one of your questions – that’s what we’re here for.
6. (R)ECOMMEND THE BEST INDUSTRY VENDORS WHO CAN CARRY OUT YOUR WEDDING VISION, REFLECTIVE OF YOUR UNIQUE PERSONALITY, STYLE AND TASTES.
From DJs to florists to make-up artists, all the vendors we recommend to our clients are reliable, punctual and experienced in their craft. We have some of the best connections in the industry and are able to find a replacement vendor by putting in a quick call, should the original vendor you booked with has a critical emergency and can no longer deliver on their services. You do not have to worry about the cake baker not showing up or the limo driver arriving late as our preferred vendors are as reputable as they are professional – and like us – they are seriously invested in making sure your wedding day goes off without a hitch!
7. (C)OMMUNICATE WITH YOUR VENUE AND ALL VENDORS TO ENSURE THAT EVERY PIECE OF THE PUZZLE IS IN PLACE AND THAT EVERY DETAIL IS CRYSTAL CLEAR ACROSS THE BOARD.
We make sure that vendors have a copy of our timeline. We take time to touch base with the MC and Banquet Manager to go through the details again on the actual event day, and attend to any concerns that have come up and resolve them on the spot. Your DJ will not mispronounce your names as we would have reminded him or her again prior to the Grand Entrance! In short, we make sure everyone is on the same page, has everything that they need (for example, a music stand and extra chair for the musician’s instrument), and are ready to make your day heartfelt and magical!
8. (H)ELP YOU WITH SETTING UP YOUR PERSONALIZED ITEMS SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIFT A FINGER.
We create a “Décor and Setup List” prior to your wedding day, listing out all the items and their respective quantities and placement locations. From tucking menus into each napkin and placing favours on each individual setting – to making sure the table numbers face the entrance doors, to furnishing the registration table with your money box and guest book, to setting up your tea ceremony and reminding the helpers of their respective roles – we ensure that everything that has a place in your wedding is set up properly and arranged beautifully.
9. (I)SSUES THAT ARISE ON WEDDING DAY PROMPTLY AND DISCREETLY, WITH GENUINE CARE AND PROFESSIONALISM.
You would be surprised at how many unexpected things could happen on your wedding day even if you planned it to the “T.” For example, a guest who was vegetarian did not mention it to the couple when she RSVP’d and was too polite to mention it to the server on the wedding night – ate only a few bites off her plate. As we made our rounds and came upon her table, we quickly resolved the situation by making the guest feel comfortable while promptly putting a food request to the banquet manager. You will find that some venues are much more accommodating than others and for the ones that are less than stellar – you’ll be thrilled that you hired a wedding planner to deal with them! Another example, is one where the bridesmaid left the only bridal key there was inside the bridal suite and got locked out – we called a locksmith to come in and had the MC stall for time – all before the brides came up to change into their evening dresses. A third example, is with a venue who put out ripped, stained and generally unsightly chair covers on the chairs – we had 50% of them replaced before the guests trickled in from cocktail hour. Some things you just can’t plan for – like the above scenarios, the weather or guests that show up unexpectedly and suddenly require a seat – which is why we, as your wedding planners, are here to handle them one by one!
10. (C)ALM, APPROACHABLE & RESOURCEFUL THROUGHOUT THE PLANNING PROCESS AND THAT IS HOW WE OPERATE ON YOUR WEDDING DAY.
With so many moving parts to your wedding – while your venue’s event coordinator (if you have one) may be busy managing the food service and keeping an eye on the venue’s facilities – your wedding planner will be cuing the speakers for their speeches, getting your photographers and videographers in place to capture the moment and signaling your MC/DJ to make the announcement for each speech – all at different times, depending on the schedule we have created with you during the planning process. We thrive on details like this and follow through on them – so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy – or better yet, get up and dance!
Wonder Chic Events is the wedding planner for urban, stylish and fun couples. We would love to be your right-hand partner in helping you plan your big day from the moment you say “Yes” to the Proposal until the day you say ‘I Do” down the aisle. Contact us today for a complimentary initial meeting to discuss your beautiful, unique and heartfelt day with us over coffee/tea at a location that is convenient for you. Let us take care of the details so you can spend quality time with each of your lovely guests and enjoy your wedding day with peace of mind!