Interview with Donna Brian, Love in Bloom

Donna Brian_PortraitWedding planners are a great idea, no matter your budget. They are able to help you when you’re busy and can help guide your ideas to make your dream wedding a reality. We interviewed local and loved wedding planner, Donna Brian from Love in Bloom, to help you get started with the wedding planning process.

Q: What is the importance of having a wedding planner?

A: We are professional coordinators who are trained. Our expertise and contacts will help make your wedding day be perfect. You can relax and be a guest at your own wedding. We serve as an advisor, coordinator, supervisor, financial planner and mediator. This is your once in a life time day. Don’t make the mistake to not book a certified or designated wedding planner.

Q: How early in the wedding process should a bride find a wedding planner?

A: I would recommend shortly after receiving your ring. They can save you time and stress recommending reputable vendors. Several of my brides will book their wedding day around my availability schedule. Average engagement time is nine to 15 months. Destination weddings have a longer engagement period.

Q: What should a bride look for in a wedding planner?

A:  I would ask the following questions: Are you certified or designated? May I have a list of references? How many years have you been a professional wedding coordinator? What bridal or business organizations are they affiliated with? How many weddings do you book a year? What honors or awards have they received? Is this your full time job? Do you have staff to help on the wedding day?

Q: What are some tips for a bride who has a wedding planner (i.e. the responsibilities the bride has to the wedding planner)?

A: Don’t think your planner can read your mind. Be honest with your decisions and always keep them informed of any changes. Furnish the planner with photos of floral decor, cake designs that interest you. This will help the coordinator refer the proper vendor for your wedding and know your wedding style. Be honest with your budget. What you like and can afford may be two different things. Furnish your coordinator with all contracts prior to booking her. Furnish an escort list, music selections for the wedding and spot light dances for the reception. Inform the coordinator of any family strife in the family.

Q: Is there any piece of advice you would give a bride when looking for a wedding planner?

A: You must be able to communicate with this planner. She will truly become a lifetime friend after the planning process. Select a planner who can save your both time and money. Most planners will offer invitations, wedding books, napkins, informal notes, wedding gowns, veils, bridesmaid dresses and honeymoons at discounted prices. Leave the stress, planning and details to a professional planner while you enjoy the experience. She should be able to stretch your budget with her vendor referrals.