Planning a wedding is a complex and time-consuming task, even for those of us whose job it is! As a wedding planner, it would be wise to have your own checklist to ensure that everything runs smoothly on your clients’ big day. Here are some important things that wedding planners should include in their checklist for business success:

  • The first step is consultation. Meeting with the couple and understanding their vision for the wedding is the first step in the planning process. It is important to establish a strong rapport with the couple and listen to their ideas and preferences for the wedding.
  • Discuss budgeting. Establishing a budget is crucial to ensure that everything runs smoothly. It is essential to discuss the budget with the couple and allocate funds to different aspects of the wedding.
  • Vendor Selection: Selecting the right vendors is essential for the success of the wedding. Research vendors and establish good working relationships with them. Make sure that they fit within the couple’s budget and can deliver quality services.
  • Timeline: A timeline is a crucial aspect of wedding planning. Develop a timeline that includes all the events leading up to the wedding day, including vendor appointments, dress fittings, and rehearsal dinner. Try to make sure everyone involved sticks to the agreed timeline!
  • ‘Day-of’ Coordination: As a wedding planner, it is essential to have a checklist for the day of the wedding. This checklist should include all the tasks that need to be completed, such as vendor coordination, setting up the venue, and managing the timeline mentioned above. Note: We come in one month before to pull it all together.
  • Emergency Kit: An emergency kit is an essential item for wedding planners. Include items such as a sewing kit, stain remover, mints, safety pins, and extra batteries to name a few to ensure that any emergencies can be dealt with quickly.
  • Pledge effective communication: Effective communication is vital for the success of any event. Make sure that you are in regular communication with the couple and all vendors involved in the wedding.
  • Post-Wedding Follow-up: Following up with the couple after the wedding is an essential aspect of wedding planning. Ask for feedback on your services and use it to improve your services in the future.

– Written by Jack Vale in partnership with silverware wholesaler Silver Superstore.

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About Naif Productions:

Naif Productions is a strategic event planning, design and production firm specializing in corporate, live coaching sales events, social, non-profit, and weddings. Based in New York City, we produce events worldwide from Fortune 500 clients and coaches to families and charities. Naif Productions specializes in helping clients attain their goals, realize return on investment, and achieve the most unique, creative experiences.

About Annette Naif:

Since 1986 Annette Naif has been designing and producing custom events, helping clients create their unique style that translates into a memorable and profitable experience. Annette spent 17 years producing events in the motion picture industry where she helped coordinate numerous productions for film and episodic television programs. Since then Annette’s been running her own event production company, coaching other event planners, teaching an event operations and production course at NYU, and now is the CEO & Creative Director of Naif Productions.

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