So as you guys can tell, I’m pretty comfortable doing research and planning a lot on my own. However, I am a BIG advocate of wedding planners. What’s nice is that nowadays, WPs offer all types of planning packages. From full planning, to partial planning, to day of coordination, they can help guide you through this experience regardless whether your wedding is down the block or across the globe. For our wedding we hired Rachel Cripps-Gervais, owner of the Montreal-based wedding-planning service An English Rose, to provide some vendor reccs and to handle day of coordination. Here are my quick thoughts below on the services we purchased.
Hiring a Planner for Partial Planning:
While I was able to find venue, photographer, DJ, and baker vendors through my trusty friend Google, there were other vendors where we felt we needed a local expert’s POV. These included: makeup artists and hairstylists, florists, officiants, and string quartets. And she did a great job—we are really happy with the vendors we subsequently chose from her recommendations. So figure out what areas you are comfortable researching on your own and which ones you will need help with.
Hiring a Planner for Day of Coordination: