Wedding planners have a tough job. They’re creative by nature and come to the table armed with amazing visions for special events, especially weddings. But they also have to juggle the preferences of their often opinionated clients, and balance those with what they know will look and work best. When a relationship is golden between a bride and planner, weddings can be magical events filled with unexpected personal touches. But what happens when a bride and wedding planner butt heads throughout the process?
There are some sure-fire ways to get your wedding planner red-faced and frustrated in a jiffy, and we’re here to help you avoid those uncomfortable confrontations. So read on, and be sure you’re making a list and checking it twice to keep the peace throughout your wedding planning journey!
1. Have an opinion! There’s nothing more annoying than indecision, especially when this is meant to be YOUR big day. Planning a wedding means coloring between the lines (the lines being budget, time, etc…), so state your preferences and stick to them.
2. Don’t be a speed dialer! Yes, your wedding planner is going to set aside time to hear your ideas for your wedding, but you shouldn’t call her at 3:00 a.m. when you can’t sleep, are watching a marathon of “Say Yes to the Dress,” and suddenly decide lace tablecloths are a must. Be respectful of your wedding planner’s life and time, and try to consolidate your contact in emails and phone calls.
3. Don’t be tight-lipped about your expectations! If there is anything–and we mean anything–that you are expecting the day of your wedding, say so ahead of time. Don’t be the person who suddenly needs 5,280 bobby pins for your up-do, or decides on a whim to have a disposable camera on every table? While your wedding planner will probably bite her lip and get them for you, we can assure you, they won’t be amused considering everything else they have going on.
4. Take a chill pill! When the big day arrives, sit back and let your wedding planner do the dirty work. This is why you’re paying him/her, after all. There’s nothing more frustrating than having someone look over your shoulder, critiquing what you’ve gone over a thousand times during meetings together. Grab a glass of champagne with your bridesmaids and focus on your one task at hand: looking hot for your groom!