Choosing to work with a wedding planner or coordinator to help plan your wedding (and manage the logistics of the day) can we a wonderful investment but how do you find a planner who is qualified and experienced? Today's guest Kylie Carlson is the owner of the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning. Kylie shares her tips for finding the right help for you, pricing and how to communicate clearly to plan the wedding you want! Listen to this episode and prepare to learn how to think like a wedding planner
There has been a huge shift in wedding planning thanks to social media. Now, brides and couples have thousands of pictures and videos that show the most unique and extravagant weddings. Wanting to have their own personalized experience, couples have to sift through more options than ever before. This creates a longer list of demands and potentially adds more stress to everyone involved. Kylie says that many brides are simply overwhelmed by choice. She cautions against the unrealistic expectations that social media can create. Hear more advice for how to avoid that sense of overwhelm while still having the kind of wedding you dream of during this conversation.
Hopefully, most people will only have to experience planning one wedding in their lifetime. Nobody gets married hoping for that marriage to fail so they can go through the process all over again. This fact often puts unnecessary pressure on the couple to have everything work out perfectly. The stress and desire to get it right, combined with potential frustration of dealing with vendors, wedding parties, decorations and family can lead to brides being called the dreaded term - bridezilla. Kylie discusses why some brides can be seen as bridezillas, why that term is unfair, and how to avoid being labeled a bridezilla during this podcast.
Throughout the episode, Kylie Carlson discusses ways an average wedding planner can become a great one. Being better than the rest takes special attention to detail and going the extra mile to ensure the couple your working with has an exceptional experience. One way to think like a top-level wedding planner is by considering both partners getting married. Often wedding planners make the mistake of focusing only on the bride’s needs. This causes the other partner to feel left out and can put additional stress on the bride. Instead, Kylie suggests that wedding planners work with both parties to determine their needs and desires.
Choosing not to hire a wedding planner leaves the couple with the responsibility of dealing with vendors. However, wedding planners have a network of trusted vendors and experience in negotiating that is more than worth the price of hiring them. A great wedding planner also knows the right way to interview and vet potential vendors to ensure a great experience. Choosing a wedding planner means couples only have to interview for that one position, not the entire multitude of vendors needed for the wedding. Kylie suggests that couples not get into business with someone you don’t think you can trust or work with. Hear more tips for how to think like a wedding planner on this episode of the Bridechilla podcast.
Kylie Carlson is the owner of the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning. With six locations globally, the academy boasts an internationally recognized accreditation program that brings professional training to wedding planners, designers and stylists. As Director of the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning Kylie teaches, inspires and motivates the future stars of the wedding and event industry.
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