Planning a wedding is daunting, even for the most organized brides. While it’s only one day in a lifetime of memories, it’s one of the biggest days of many people’s lives. So, who can you trust to help guide you through the wedding planning process?
Megan Painter, a lead planner for Boldly Chic Events, says hiring a wedding planner is essential to the outcome of the big day. She says word-of-mouth referrals are the best source for finding the perfect fit between a bride and a wedding planner.
“While some brides come to us through online inquiries, many of our brides have attended one of our previous events,” Painter says. “Some have been bridesmaids at a friend’s wedding, and they’ve seen us in action. Asking a friend or family member for a referral is one of the best ways to find the perfect wedding planner.”
What about brides who think they can do it all on their own? Painter says a great wedding planner is there to assist in as much or as little as each bride wants. Some may only want assistance the month before the wedding, while others desire help with every detail.
“You want to enjoy your wedding day,” Painter says. “You don’t want to worry about setting up the guest book or managing the vendors, or finding the bridal party for photos. We’re there to handle everything behind the scenes so a bride experiences as little stress as possible. When you choose a Boldly Chic Events planner, we’re with you the whole day of the wedding. We also bring two assistants to ensure someone handles every detail.”
Painter says she’s often asked about the difference between a venue coordinator and a wedding planner. She says a venue coordinator only handles tasks related to the venue, while a planner is the third brain for the bride and the groom. She says she produces a highly detailed itinerary for the wedding day and mitigates any unforeseen issues before the bride ever gets wind of a problem.
“We know pricing is a huge factor in planning a wedding,” Painter says. “Many brides come to us with a budget, and we work within the budget to determine where to allocate those dollars where they’re the most important to the bride. We sit down and come up with something personalized for each client.”
Using a wedding planner is an additional cost on an already expensive day, but Painter says the price comes with years of experience and a passion for the industry. She says the Boldly Chic team never wants a bride to look back and wish they did something different.
“We spend so much time working with our clients, we end up having relationships with them long after the wedding day itself,” Painter says. “We know it’s one day, but it’s one day you remember your entire life. That’s why we’re so passionate about creating the best weddings possible.”
Boldly Chic Events is a wedding planning service in Indianapolis and New York City, established in 2010 by Owner Lori Solomon. For more information, visit boldlychic.com.
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