Dallas wedding planners talk about creating the perfect wedding

Dallas wedding planners talk about creating the perfect wedding

What's the advantage of hiring a wedding planner for your big day?

Tamara Harris: "It takes a lot of the stress off your immediate family and can potentially save them money."

Tammy Sharp-Pasol: "A wedding planner will know who to call, where to get the best prices and where to get what you're looking for. The biggest advantage is being able to relax and enjoy your day."

Kathi Thomas: "The coordinator takes on all that stress. It makes the day a lot less stressful for the bride."

As a wedding coordinator, what are some of your job duties?

Tamara Harris: "I'm a consultant, I bring in vendors, coordinate the day. I can do as much or little as the client wants. I make sure everything they need is taken care of."

Tammy Sharp-Pasol: "I do personal shopping for the bride, negotiate contracts, research the best deals and book vendors. I run the rehearsal and am there on the wedding day."

Kathi Thomas: "We can budget the wedding, set up the church, and organize the vendors and reception. Just about everything."

How do you charge for your services and what's the cost?

Tamara Harris: "My typical amount is $4,000 for full-service planning."

Tammy Sharp-Pasol: "It depends on the wedding. The minimum fee is $1,796. Typically, the fee is about $3,000."

Kathi Thomas: "It depends on the event. The amount of people is a factor. For day-of service, $800. If it runs the full gamut, between $2,000 and $5,000."

How do you help a couple manage their wedding budget? Is this difficult, especially if a bride has her heart set on a specific plan?

Tamara Harris: "I put their budget together on the ideas they gave me and what their budget actually is. I monitor their budget with give them alternatives."

Tammy Sharp-Pasol: "It can be difficult. I keep a spreadsheet so we keep track of what we're spending money on. I've only had one bride who didn't understand the cost of things."

Kathi Thomas: "I prioritize everything. What's more important: the flowers or the band?"

Can you describe one funny, horrifying or memorable experience that happened at a wedding you planned?

Tamara Harris: "I did a wedding at our church. The couple had a upbeat song that they walked out to, and they did the robot and the bump going up the aisle."

Tammy Sharp-Pasol: "We had one wedding where they were introduced with the Imperial March and they had light sabers."

Kathi Thomas: "We had one wedding where the bride and groom were an hour late. Two kids started running around the church and knocked over an arch. Flowers went everywhere. I fixed everything before the couple arrived."

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