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Tips & Tricks: Wedding Planner

You're Engaged! Now What?! pt.2

Hello, hello! I am SO excited to introduce you to the very first guest writer in the blog series! My beautiful friend, and incredible wedding planner, Madi Edwards! Madi owns and runs Wedding Lily Events based here in Fredericksburg. Her designs, styling, organization, everything is stunning and she is here to give you a few helpful tips when it comes to booking for your big day!


You are probably thinking why do I need to spend money on a wedding planner, coordinator or designer and what’s the difference?

To start with the first question, how much time do you have to spend planning your wedding? If the answer is not a lot, you should consider getting a planner. They take the guesswork out of finding and booking vendors and making sure they are within your budget. If you do have tons of free time to plan your wedding, that is great! But, who is going to be in charge of making sure things run smoothly on your big day? Your mom? Your maid of honor? You? I highly doubt it! You want to enjoy your day and so does your family. That’s where a coordinator comes in!

Maybe you’re wondering what’s the difference? Let me tell you!

What is a Coordinator?

Coordination is for couples who have already planned the entirety of their wedding. About 4-6 weeks prior to your wedding, the coordinator will begin familiarizing themselves with your wedding plans. Normally, a few in-person meetings are needed to go over your itinerary and last-minute details. On the wedding day, they ensure that your plans are carried out smoothly and if any problems were to arise, the coordinators will handle them discretely.

What is a Wedding Designer?

A wedding designer is for couples who are struggling with how they want their wedding to look and feel. They specialize in everything from floor plans, lighting design, flowers, furniture, linens, and attire. The designers have an artistic eye that allows them to conceptualize the whole event and truly transform any space. Their goal is to create a unique and customized wedding that reflects both the bride and the groom.

What is a Planner?

A wedding planner is someone who helps you plan your wedding, obviously. This service includes planning, styling, and coordinating for those who want someone to walk through the wedding planning process with them. From the invitations to your getaway car, they put together an elite team of professionals to make sure everything is exactly how YOU want it. With monthly face-to-face meetings and unlimited phone calls, they help you select all vendors, discuss and manage a budget, and assist with styling the wedding of your dreams.

Now that you know the difference, how do you know if you need one of these services? The answer is how much work do you want to put in? If you’re great at planning and have the time to DIY I would say you only need a Month of or even a Day of Coordinator. If you have no idea where to start and don’t have the time, then a full planning package is for you. If you’re having problems with your vision for your wedding, then hiring a designer will take the stress out of that too!

Tips and tricks

1. No matter if you hire a planner, coordinator, or designer make sure they are the right fit for you. You might be dealing with them for up to 12 months so be sure they have the same values and expectations you do.

2. Don’t be afraid to turn down the wrong fit! There are so many planners out there and they all have something unique about them. Find the one that fits you best!

3. Did you know we can do more than just those three things? Be sure to ask what else your planner offers! You will be surprised to see all their À la carte options to help make your day easy.

4. Finally, don’t forget to enjoy your day! It flies by so fast!

Website: Wedding Lily Events

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Kelsey Marie Photography is based in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Specializing in seniors and couples photography. 

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