When you meet with your wedding planner, he or she will outline all of the amazing things that they can do for you on your wedding day... but, what are the things that they cant' do for you?
Of course, these things are specific to my market, and my business. There will very well be a brand new planner that pops up and offers to take care of these things for you. Proceed with caution.
1) Complete legal paperwork for you.
Your wedding planner can guide you on where to find a marriage license, how to complete it and what to bring to prepare to purchase one. Your planner can't physically complete legal paperwork for you, therefore you will be flying solo to this appointment.
2) Be ALL of the things.
Your wedding planner is your planner. He/she will help you plan your special day. Oversee the vendors that are hired. Ensure that your vision is executed perfectly. Your planner compliments your existing vendors and does not replace them. You will still need a florist and a decorator, you will still need an officiant and a photographer. If your planner offers to be any one of those things to replace another professional, I would question how they can be in so many places at once. How can all of the pieces fall into place perfectly, when they are all contingent on one person?
3) Be on your liquor license.
Well, they shouldn't. The person on your liquor license is legally responsible for your guests. This should not be a wedding planners responsibility, although I have heard of it happening. This should fall on a responsible family member, and be protected by wedding insurance.
4) Create your floor plan.
Your wedding planner does not personally know your guests. He/she does not know who gets along with who, who lives with who, etc... This is your responsibility.
5) Break venue rules.
If your venue has rules in place, don't ask your planner to try and bend those. If there is a no-candle rule, don't provide your planner with candles to light and break the rules unknowingly.
6) Sign contracts & pay deposits.
Whoever signs a wedding contract and pays a deposit is legally responsible in that contract. If you decide to change planners throughout your planning process, you technically don't have any vendors hired if your planner's name is on everything.
- Tricia xoxo
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