Reflecting on 2010 and looking forward to 2011

[gallery]2010 has been a fabulous year for Island Style Weddings.  We have moved into an new office at the premier shopping complex on St John, Mongoose Junction.   Brenda Sonson is our new  administrative assistant.  She hopes to grow into wedding planning in the near future.  We have added new services such as Engagement packages and expanded our design inventory.

Having spent over 17 yrs in the hotel industry prior to starting my own business 9 yrs ago,  I am still amazed that couples question whether to hire a professional wedding planner.  Sometimes I am hired only as an Officiate.   I have a bird's eye view of all of the details which could have been avoided if a professional was at the helm.  It is painful to observe a lovely setting with chairs facing into the sun- the caterer set up in the wrong end of the location and the photographer having to compete with a guest who is determined to get that perfect shot with their $100 digital camera.  I wonder why would someone choose to orchestrate of one of life's milestone because they want to save money?

My friend Felica Gantar of Felica Events (www.feliciaevents.com) out of Lake Tahoe recently wrote this article and I cannot agree more.

"Why hire a Professional Wedding Planner? Imagine an orchestra without a conductor!

A wedding planner is the one voice that makes sure all lines of communication are all in order. A Professional Wedding Coordinator is the leader of the team and makes sure every detail is taken care of from the very beginning to the end.

Planning a wedding can become a whole new undertaking within itself and with a busy schedule it can become overwhelming.  There are wedding planners out there that do not cost astronomical amounts. Most wedding planners do offer different levels of wedding coordination. This is a luxury that is affordable because of the different levels of wedding planning offered. Hiring a Professional Bridal Consultant will give peace of mind. The vendors and venues will even appreciate a planner has been hired.  Coordination and communication is a good recipe to a stress free wedding.

Make sure while searching for a Professional Bridal Consultant that the person is knowledgeable in budget planning, negotiate contracts, strategy planning to go along with the logistics for the wedding day. The list is endless of what a Professional Bridal Consultant can do.  Check the planners’ experience, education and ask to see a portfolio. Be aware of prices and the average pricing within the area. All wedding planners start somewhere in their career but make sure if they can handle the expectations for the wedding day.  Don’t just pick someone because of the price; make sure there is a common ground of understanding.  Interview the bridal consultant because this is a business relationship that will be at least 8 months to handle a personal vision for the wedding day.

An educated bridal consultant in the industry is highly recommended. These bridal consultants strive to better their knowledge in the wedding industry.

Gambling is for the casino but not for your wedding day, be sure to hire a Professional Wedding Planner and don’t skimp on experience."