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WHAT IS A BRIDAL CONSULTANT?

A bridal (wedding) consultant is a professional whose training, expertise and contracts will help make you wedding as close to perfect as it possibly can be and let you relax (as much as you can) and enjoy your wedding. You can count on a professional consultant to help you in many roles.


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 professional, 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 make sure everything happens just as you want it.

FINANCIAL PLANNER  If you’re working with a budget (and who isn’t), your consultant can help you organize your dream wedding with your budget, by suggesting ways to make you 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 lifestyle, 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.


DO I NEED A CONTRACT WITH MY CONSULTANT?
You should have some agreement in writing. A formal contract probably is not necessary; a letter of agreement, signed by both of you, usually is enough. This is an informal contract, which spells out what each of you will do, fees and payments.


HOW CAN I TELL IF A CONSULTANT IS REPUTABLE?
All Association of Bridal Consultant’s members agree to uphold a Code of Ethics and Standards of Membership. Look for the Association’s logo and ask to see a current membership certificate. Be sure to ask the consultant during the interview what kind of education and experience they have. The designation Professional, Bridal Consultant is awarded to Association members who have completed the Professional Development Program. Some members also participate in Association-sponsored seminars and workshops; certificates indicating that they have completed this training also may be displayed.


WHAT WILL A BRIDAL CONSULTANT CHARGE?
A consultant can charge a percent of the cost of the wedding. Some consultants charge an hourly rate or a fixed fee, or some combination of these. All these methods are acceptable, but you should determine in writing how and when your consultant will be paid.


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. Consultants often can obtain discounts from suppliers. Above all, the professional bridal consultant will work with you to produce your dream wedding, including the consultant’s fee, all within your budget.


HOW CAN A BRIDAL CONSULTANT HELP?     
We are a typical family, with divorced relatives and working parents. With so many brides and their parents working, a bridal consultant can handle much of the time-consuming, detailed planning for your wedding. You save time, reduce stress and concentrate on having fun as your wedding approaches. And, with experience dealing with many weddings, a consultant can smooth all of those complex relationships in a modern family.


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 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!




 

 


 


 


 



 


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