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From: Montano
Response: sheri,
Some consultants charge a flat fee, percentage of the event or an hourly fee. An hourly fee tends to work best. What I do is sit down with the bride and groom and decide what they are willing to pay and what I can do for them with that fee. You determine how I would use your 'planning' time. A consultant should work as your personal assistant. Some brides are afraid that her wedding wont be 'personalized' if a consultant handles the details. In fact it is quite the opposite. The consultant gives you more of a selection to choose from. YOu and your fiance make all the decisions and her job is to implement it. Planning a wedding is more time consuming than a bride will anticipate. The busiest time is the last 6 months. Consultants may be used for several reasons. The bride doesnt have the time to plan. She may want to make the choices but she cant do the 'legwork'. 2. She wants a 'unique' wedding. Most consultants can offer choices you may have not found on your own. 3. The bride wants a stress free engagement and wedding. You want to make sure everything runs smoothly. One aspect brides are not familiar with is 'savings'. Most vendors will give a discount if referred by a consultant. This can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars. An alternative to wedding planning is 'wedding day coordination'. You plan the wedding and the consultant is your 'coordinator' on the day of the wedding. I usually meet with the bride for a few hours the week of the wedding to go over every detail and contract. It then becomes my job, not hers to make sure everything goes as planned. She now can enjoy the affair and the last few days up to her wedding knowing that everything is off her shoulders. This is fairly inexpensive and well worth the money spent! I believe all brides should at least purchase this. For all the money and time you spent on the most important day of your life, dont you want to relax and enjoy the affair? For more information, I can be reached below. Good luck and congratulations Sheri!

Laura Montano
Event coordinator
Elegant Events by Laura
dmontano01@snet.net
860-620-1738


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