Wedding planners explain how they can help brides stress less

Wedding planners explain how they can help brides stress less

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

Mary V. Imbimbo: "To make sure you relax for your special day."

Beverly Wright: "The main advantage is they get to be a guest at their own wedding."

Cindy Danbom: "For most, it's their first time getting married. They don't know all the steps involved. I can help."

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

Imbimbo: "I take care of the vendors, make sure all the contracts are in order and ensure the church is set up. I do anything and everything."

Wright: "We manage the couple by keeping them focused and under budget."

Danbom: "I develop a theme and design and find all the vendors. There could be 30 vendors involved in an average wedding."

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

Imbimbo: "It can depend on little things, like how much I have to travel and the number of guests. Day-of service is around $1,500."

Wright: "It can vary greatly depending on the wedding. For just day-of services, it's less than $2,000. For those that require more, it can run $4,000 or $5,000."

Danbom: "It's a flat fee. For your typical 120-guest wedding in the city, I'd charge $6,000, while the wedding itself could cost $65,000 or more."

How many years of experience do you have?

Imbimbo: "Four years as a wedding planner. I was in fundraising and event planning for 15 years."

Wright: "Ten years with weddings and more than 20 years as an event planner."

Danbom: "Seven as an event planner and five as a wedding coordinator."

Do you employee other people to help you plan a wedding? If so, is there an additional charge for the staff who helps out?

Imbimbo: "I have three to four people on call. I only use them when it's a large wedding party. The price would increase, in that case."

Wright: "Yes. I have seven assistants that are available. There's no additional charge."

Danbom: "I have five assistants to help the day of the wedding. They're considered in the flat fee."

Do you personally attend every wedding and rehearsal? If so, is there an extra fee for this?

Imbimbo: "Yes. There's no extra charge."

Wright: "Yes. There's no extra charge."

Danbom: "Yes. There's no extra charge."

What makes your service stand out from what other wedding planners offer?

Imbimbo: "I'm very personable. I would treat you like my own [child]. I'm also very cautious the day of the wedding."

Wright: "The details. Most focus on the materials and contracts. I focus on making the bride and her family happy."

Danbom: "It's my business and my name. My customer service is old-school. I make myself a little too available."

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