Guidance for the wedding planner in planning a wedding checklist

Today, training the wedding planner for wedding planning as a career using wedding checklists, a wedding timeline, and wedding websites has more resources available than ever before. So do couples planning a wedding checklist for their own event. But wedding checklists are only the beginning of the journey for the wedding planner preparing for wedding planning as a career, or for the couple getting married. For the wedding planner, starting a sustainable wedding business in today's rapidly changing environment requires hands-on support from experts who have already achieved success in wedding planning as a career. For the couple planning a wedding checklist on their own, having instant online advice from the wedding planner who has mastered more than wedding checklists to plan weddings for consistently satisfied clients can save time, money, and stress.

Wedding Checklists Get You Started, but the Wedding Planner Gets You to Your Goal

As an award-winning wedding planner with 20 years of experience, Wendy Harrop knows how planning a wedding checklist works in every situation, from 'day-of' coordination or full-service planning for busy couples getting married to expert advice for individuals training for wedding planning as a career. Starting in college, she learned by trial-and-error how to plan and execute a sure-fire wedding timeline for classmates getting married in Eugene, Oregon. Later, she applied the principles, procedures, and processes of wedding planning as a paid staff member for churches, where she coordinated members' weddings within the conventional framework of a traditional church wedding and learned for herself how challenging a big church wedding can be, even for a professional planner getting married. Her father is a popular Southern California pastor, and when she got married for the first time at her father's church, she says, 'there were 600 guests who came together to enjoy each other's company, with our wedding slipped in between.' The experience taught her that even the wedding planner involved in planning her own wedding can quickly lose control of planning a wedding checklist that is overly influenced by others. The most meaningful wedding checklists, she concluded, must have boundaries, avoid personalities, and focus on the primary goal: what couples getting married, not others, desire for their wedding day.

Wedding Planning as a Career Has a Bright Future for the Wedding Planner Who Comes Prepared

In 1991, Wendy founded It's Your Day, her Bay Area wedding planning business, using the lessons she learned while serving as a church wedding coordinator and planning her second marriage, this time 'the way we wanted it, with 75 guests limited to our closest family members and friends.' Since opening her own business and branching out to work with a wider diversity of clients, venues, and vendors, she's earned a reputation for openness, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. Her level of trust with her customers is so highly regarded that she counsels couples with personal problems, recommends only vendors she knows are ethical, and doesn't request payment for her services until the wedding day. Unlike some planners, she readily accepts 'day-of' wedding planning jobs, coordinating wedding venues, vendors, and other elements of wedding checklists that clients have already put in place before they hire her for the weekend. She likes to meet frequently, even with 'day-of' clients, 'to get their vision, understand their dynamics, and come prepared for anything' that may occur between the start of the rehearsal and the end of the reception.

Get Guidance if You're Looking for Wedding Ideas or Starting a Wedding Planner Career

A Wedding Wire Bride's Choice 2011 Award winner for professional wedding planning, Wendy uses frequent personal consultations and innovative online wedding planning resources to help couples plan a wedding on time and within budget, navigate the 'sea of advertising' that surrounds personal wedding websites, and communicate their reasons for choosing such non-traditional wedding etiquette alternatives as online invitations and paperless RSVPs. Throughout the wedding planning process, she focuses on implementing their unique vision, monitoring their personal progress, and being a good steward of their finances. To maintain this focus, she manages only one wedding a weekend, using a rational fee structure based on a simple set of variables. Her expert wedding planning advice for couples who are planning their own wedding and for individuals who are beginning wedding planning as a career can be accessed through Member queries to New Wedding Planet's Business Development Center.

Wendy is one of eight Advisors to New Wedding Planet's Business Development Center. The Center provides Members with quick, concise answers to the most common questions and issues faced by wedding planners, wedding professionals, and couples planning their own wedding. Once you're a Member, it's as simple as sending a query from your Personal Resource Page. Members may also commission Advisors to work on Special Assignments where one-to-one interaction and collaboration is utilized to produce a comprehensive, custom-tailored solution. Special Assignments are subject to availability and are quoted on a per-job basis.

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