Why Hire a Consultant?

What is a bridal consultant?
A bridal (wedding) consultant is a professional whose training, expertise and contacts will help make your wedding as close to perfect as it possibly can be. You can relax (as much as you can) and be a guest at your own wedding.

Advisor - As an expert, the consultant knows weddings, from the socially correct invitation formats through the proper planning and organization of the reception.

Coordinator - Through extensive contacts in the wedding business, the consultant can match you with the right professionals, from photographer to caterer, to turn your wedding dreams into reality.

Supervisor - Why should you worry about the details of planning your wedding? Your consultant will work with the other professionals you have chosen to help ensure everything happens just as you wish.

Financial Planner - If you're working with a budget (and who isn't?), your consultant can help you organize your dream wedding within your budget, by suggesting ways to make your dollar go the farthest.

Mediator - Caught between "ex"-families and step- families? A bridal professional, as an independent third party, often can smooth ruffled feathers and mediate disagreements. Sometimes your consultant may be nothing more than a "shoulder to cry on" to support you during the hectic days before your wedding.

What will a bridal consultant do for me?
In addition to helping make your wedding dreams come true within your budget - and perhaps saving you from costly mistakes - a consultant will save you time. With today's hectic lifestyles, many bridal couples and their families do not have the time for the detailed planning and work a beautiful wedding requires. A professional consultant, working with you, can handle the details, allowing you the freedom to do what you want to do.

Won't a consultant want to run the whole show?
A professional bridal consultant will work with you to handle as much or as little of your wedding as you wish. After all, it is your wedding. The consultant is there to help you and your family make the day as perfect as possible.

Why can't I do the planning myself?
You certainly can do the planning yourself, and that sometimes is part of the fun. But it also can be a hassle: checking out many sources for each vendor category, making sure all the details are in place and worrying about whether you're getting the best deal and whether everything will turn out all right. An ABC bridal professional has the training and experience to make it all come together while you relax.

Do I need a bridal consultant?
A consultant will be a distinct asset as you plan your wedding. Wouldn't it be nice to spend time with your fiance and your families, rather than worrying about all the details of your special day? A consultant will take care of the details, leaving you to have the fun. And, on the wedding day, you can shine as the star, while your consultant works behind the scene to make it all happen!

What qualities should I look for in a consultant?
You should be comfortable with the person. You will be spending a lot of time together planning one of the major rites of passage in your life.

Can I afford a bridal consultant?
A wedding consultant is part of your budget, not an extra expense. In fact, you often save money because a consultant suggests less expensive alternatives that still enhance your wedding. The professional bridal consultant will work with you to produce your dream wedding, including the consultant's fee, all within your budget.

How can I pull it all together?
"My family lives in a different part of the country and we are getting married in another place, how can I pull it all together?" Through the ABC's network, a member can work with other members world-wide to help you arrange your wedding wherever you choose - in your current town, in your parents' home town or a special destination of your choice.

Excerpt from "Do You Need a Professional Bridal Consultant" published by the Association of Bridal Consultants ©2006