Los Angeles wedding planners discuss the services they provide
Jamala Perry, owner
Platinum Dream Weddings
Carol Rosen, owner
Party Designs by Carol
What's the advantage of hiring a wedding planner for your big day?
Jamala Perry: "To relieve stress off the bride or groom. In today's world most people are extremely busy and their time is limited. I can help."
Paige Simmons: "To save money. We work with vendors regularly, while a couple will only work with them once. We can negotiate better deals on their services."
Carol Rosen: "There are many advantages. It saves time and energy and I can help with the myriad of vendors to find the right ones that fit your price range."
As a wedding coordinator, what are some of your job duties?
Perry: "It depends on the couple's needs. Typically this includes setting up vendors, calling the reception hall and arranging the church."
Simmons: "It's mainly vendor management. Also, we put together schedules and gift bags, plan the menus, find entertainment and make sure the day flows as planned."
Rosen: "We can work with them from the very beginning by planning their budget, the calendar, managing vendors, giving advice and just organizing everything."
How do you charge for your services and what's the cost?
Perry: "My services are packaged. The $1,000 package includes three consultations, itinerary for the wedding and total supervision for the day-of."
Simmons: "Most people want day-of service, which is typically a flat rate. It's between $700 and $850 depending on the scope of the wedding."
Rosen: "If a wedding planner is charging a percentage, then you need to watch out. I charge a flat fee up-front. Most spend $4,000 on my services."
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?
Perry: "First off is determining how much they have to work with. Then it's about finding vendors that match with the price range. That's most of this job."
Simmons: "Generally we divide the budget up by what's most important to the couple. You have to be creative and find solutions in order to give them what they want."
Rosen: "Besides matching vendors to their budget I have to remind them how much things are going to cost. It can be difficult to keep them focused on the numbers."
What makes your service stand out from what other wedding planners offer?
Perry: "I love planning weddings."
Simmons: "We tell them everything up front."
Rosen: "Exceptional attention to detail."
How do you handle difficult brides or family members?
Perry: "It's the bride's day; if she wants to deal with it, then I'll deal with it. I need to make sure she's happy."
Simmons: "By listening carefully. You need to find out what they want and find a way to give it to them."
Rosen: "It's very rare to have someone who's difficult. Personalities mesh right away. I'll avoid booking a bride that I don't mesh with."