Washington, D.C., wedding experts discuss their services

Washington, D.C., wedding experts discuss their services

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

Walker: "A wedding is like a play that you need someone to direct. Solving problems and keeping everyone calm is the biggest thing."

Bailey: "We work closely with the couple and make recommendations in their best interest. No reasonable request is refused."

Barnett: "Our duties include initially contacting the vendors to cleaning up, and everything in between."

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

Walker: "I do packages and customize as necessary. Packages start around $1,500 to $5,500."

Bailey: "We do hourly consultation all the way to full planning. The average is $1,500 to $15,000."

Barnett: "We charge a flat fee based on the package and level of service. Costs range from $1,600 to $4,500."

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?

Walker: "We start with a consultation to determine their needs, then go over it to find the top priorities within their budget."

Bailey: "We start budget talks at the very first stages. There are many ways to add special touches at little or no cost."

Barnett: "Our packages are designed to offer an extensive service at a reasonable price."

How do you handle difficult brides or family members?

Walker: "Getting to know your clients well is really helpful. A lot of client management ahead of time is key. We identify problems before they happen."

Bailey: "We approach any issue by listening and acting as the neutral party. Clients are only difficult if their expectations aren't being met."

Barnett: "I don't consider any bride difficult. Family members are important, but ultimately we're providing the dream for the couple."

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

Walker: "I felt like I earned my stripes when a bride's shoe broke. I got her shoe and left her mine."

Bailey: "Every wedding has memorable experiences that stand out. That means it's a good event."

Barnett: "One bride wouldn't listen to any advice, changed everything the day before and didn't inform me of any of it."

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