Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Who Are All These People? Wedding Planners and Location Managers

There seems to be a never ending list of myths
when it comes to wedding planning...
well, let's start talking about the reality!
MYTH: I do not need a wedding planner. The location/venue/catering manager will help me.

TRUTH: Simply speaking, a location manager is not the same as a wedding planner. The location manager works for the venue and the wedding planner works for you! The three of you (+ the groom) should work together to ensure your wedding runs smoothly.

That said, it works differently at all locations, so you cannot make assumptions. There are venues where the location managers (sometimes called a catering or site manager) will work closely with you on all details from the moment you book the location until you leave the reception as husband and wife, offering vendors referrals, advice, and suggestions to assist you. Still, some venues work with a more hands-off approach, assisting you with details related to the venue (pricing, menu, times) and nothing more. In many instances, the location manager is onsite for the beginning of your wedding to ensure everything is ready to go but may leave sometime after the reception begins, leaving you in the hands of the banquet captain.
A wedding planner works independently of the venue and is hired by you, to be your advocate. Now, depending on what services you hire a wedding planner for, she can be available to accompany you on appointments, taste menus, assemble invitations, run errands, or to simply manage the wedding day. (Check back later in the week for the skinny on the different types of wedding planning services!)

So, don't get the services and responsibilities of wedding planners and location managers confused. Lastly, don't be surprised...ask questions, specific questions. Be sure you understand the extent of the assistance your location manager offers.

Happy Planning!

P.S. I always recommend the services of a professional wedding planner. 


"Queen" Vic said...

Thats so funny b/c I just posted today about how we decided to hire a planner!

CK said...

Cool! I didn't realize you had this blog in addition to 504!
I have never thought about this before (having a wedding planner and location manager). My Mom was very proactive in planning my wedding and, unlike the way some brides may prefer, I LOVED her taste. I just sat back and let her do all the work, lol! I just picked the colors ;) She was a great wedding planner. And I am sure that the location manager would NOT have been enough to plan the whole wedding- no way.


brooke said...

Great advice, I am sure that brides to be are so overwhelmed they just do what they see or are told. I thank you for good simple but useful advice.


lila Check said...

fabulous work!! fantastic post!!

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