Thursday, April 1, 2010

Why hire a Wedding Consultant?

I talked with Ann Marlin, Event Consultant at Cloud 9, formerly Nancy Chase Weddings about the benefits of hiring a wedding planner.

How did you get your start in wedding planning?
I have always loved to plan parties so my passion started at an early age, followed me through college and lead to planning my wedding in Montana. When I moved to Denver, I was lucky enough to interview with Nancy Chase and was hired on the spot. It was like she had downloaded all her planning expertise and vendor relationships in to my head. I was so fortunate to dive in and learn so quickly and soon gained the experience I have now after eight years in the business.

What do you consider your specialty?

My specialty is weddings and stationery. I acquired the wedding consulting business and the stationery company in 2005. We love to design every wedding to reflect the true relationship of the couple so that their wedding is always one-of-a-kind. We do that by special touches we incorporate and of course, fabulous wedding invitations and paper accessories!

What sets you apart from other wedding planners in Denver?
Our experience and vendor relationships. We partner with all our vendors and view it as a ‘team’ to obtain the same goal rather than doing an event as separate entities. The bottom line is that the wedding day is for the couple and our ‘team’ works together to make sure it is a day that they always remember as wonderful!

Do you offer services all over Colorado?
Yes and we are available for travel. We have done weddings in Montana, Florida, Maine, Kauai, Louisiana, Texas and Mexico.

Describe the challenges that you face
when friends/family act as wedding planners.

We love when family members are involved. We usually know ahead of time and we ask our clients to be clear to their family members of what their personal responsibilities are for the wedding day. It helps us do our job to the best of our ability if everyone knows their tasks. When the wedding day is complete, there is a feeling of a community effort where the family is happily content with the results.

"My reception site has on-site planning, so I don't need a wedding planner."

We inform our brides that a majority on-site planners that we have worked with are there to assist with room rentals, tastings, overall venue coordination and in some facilities, the food and service. This does not account for vendor referrals, reviewing vendor contracts, scheduling vendor meetings, event design, invitation and stationery assistance, weekend timeline development, confirming all vendors, running the rehearsal, coordinating and assisting vendors, event set up and execution. I could go on but I will keep it brief!

"I don't have room in my budget for a wedding planner."

We save our clients there two most valuable assets; time and money. We also offer customizable packages so our clients can have the support, confidence and assistance they need to plan their wedding for any budget.

To find out more about Ann and her services, please call her at 720-570-1168

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