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Choosing Your Wedding Consultant

Relinquishing control of your wedding planning to an expert can certainly lower your stress levels as you prepare for your big day. While wedding planners and consultants aren’t exactly cheap (expect to spend about 10-15% of your budget on one), they are trained authorities on all things wedding related. They can coordinate your dream wedding, lighten your load, and get their hands dirty while you enjoy the magical time of being engaged. But before you run out and hire the first wedding planner you can find, here are a few things to consider:

Budget: Make sure that your chosen wedding planner or consultant is willing and able to work within the confines of your budget. Sure, there are always going to be unexpected wedding expenses that you don’t account for, but when it comes to hiring a planner, find one who is confident that he/she can make your dreams come true for the amount of cash you’re willing to spend.

Connections: Find a wedding coordinator who is well connected within your area. Make sure he or she knows the ins and outs of the city where your wedding will take place so he/she can find the best locations, caterers, florists, and so on. Also, if your wedding planner is networked enough, he/she might be able to score you some serious discounts on vendors they’ve worked with in the past.

Organization: Make sure you select a wedding planner who is organized, efficient, and on the ball. This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s a must. If you’re forking over cash to pay a professional, make sure they will handle all of the wedding planning stress from reading vendor contracts to addressing and mailing invitations to supplying your bridal party with all the knowledge they need.

Style: One of the most important criteria in selecting a wedding planner is style. It’s imperative that you view samples/photos of the planner’s previous work and contact references to find out what he/she is capable of. Before you officially hire anyone, talk through your wedding ideas, desires, and vision to determine the planner who could best bring them to fruition.

Tying the Knot is a Hinsdale based wedding coordinator. Be sure to check them out.

Customer Feedback

Event Date: Thursday, August 05, 2010
Event Location: The Danada House for Ceremony (David) and The Seville
Event Type: Wedding
Event Staff: Kyle

Quality of Customer Service via Telephone: Superior
Quality of Customer Service via Internet: Superior
Quality of Customer Service at Event: Superior
Overall Customer Service: Superior
Friendliness of Your DJ: Superior
Promptness of Your DJ: Superior
Professionalism of Your DJ: Superior
Appearance of DJ: Superior
Sound Quality: Superior
Overall Volume Levels: Superior
Music Selection: Superior
Incorporation of Your Requests: Superior
Lighting Effects: Superior
Equipment Appearance: Superior
Planning Assistance: Superior
DJ’s Cooperation With Other Vendors: Superior
Value for Cost: Superior
Overall Performance Rating: Superior

Is there anything specific we can improve on?

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Additional comments or suggestions?

The ceremony was at the Dana House and the reception was at the Seville.
Dave did the ceremony and helped organize the entire event. I was worried because we did not hire a wedding coordinator but with Dave there everything ran so smooth I did not even need one and I am glad we saved the money.
Kyle did the reception and all my guests could say was “WOW”, every time I looked at the dance floor there were people out there dancing and having a good time. Kyle was also very helpful in helping to keep the night flowing and I never once worried that people were not having fun, he did a very good job at reading the audience and knowing what they wanted. The entire planning process can be stressful and we did not have time to make an entire playlist and it was such a relief that we chose REAL professionals who really know what they’re doing. Everybody had an awesome time and I would recommend this company to anybody looking for a stress-free wedding day!

Would you recommend our service to others? Yes
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May we add you to our list of references? Yes

Name: Jordan and Michelle Benson