Atlanta experts offer advice for wedding planning
Reporting by Nick McLain
Why do brides-to-be need a wedding planner?
Cleveland: It helps make the most of the money, keeps them organized and handles the stress and logistics of a wedding.
Bryan: They can help the bride have the dream of a perfect wedding, while taking the responsibilities and stress away from them.
Eggert: There are too many details and too many things you don't know about or could anticipate. I can present all the options. No unpleasant surprises.
How soon should one be hired?
Cleveland: As soon as possible - a good wedding planner often books weddings a year or more in advance.Bryan: I always encourage brides to start the wedding planning process at least two months into their engagement.
Bryan: I always encourage brides to start the wedding planning process at least two months into their engagement.
Eggert: As soon as they become engaged.
How much do they cost?
Cleveland: It varies, depending on how much assistance is needed and the market you're in. Plan to spend no less than $50 an hour for a good planner in Atlanta.
Bryan: I offer service packages ranging from $700 to $5,000, depending on the extent of the help. Wedding planners tend to save more money than they cost.
Eggert: It can range from $50 to $150 an hour. But many prefer service packages, which can range from $1,000 to $3,000 or more.
What services do you offer?
Cleveland: Full service planning, event planning and "month of" coordination.
Bryan: Planning itinerary, selection and booking of venues, event design and decor, arrange vendors, rehearsal coordination and much more.
Eggert: Assistance with setting a budget and staying within it, design ideas, vendor and venue selection, coordinate the wedding day itself, and much more.
Are your typical clients brides or their parents?
Cleveland: It's a combination. Many times, the bride will seek services, and just as often, the mother of the bride approaches me.
Bryan: Both - it's typically with the bride and groom on their vision for the wedding and then working with the parents regarding budgeting and cost.
Eggert: I get both. More brides than parents, but it's close. Parents are typically really happy to have a coordinator.