And this will probably be an ongoing topic as I know for a fact that there are many good reasons to have someone like me on your nuptial celebration team!!!
I got an email from one of my clients - seems that there was an issue with the caterer that need to be straightened out. At the heart of this was the issue of money - so, off to the rescue I go! Turns out that the orginal contract we negotiated a while back, may not have been done so in the best interest of the vendor - they realized it and now wanted to up a few things. Word to the wise - never, ever try something like that with a client who has retained the services of a professional planner. We are not going to let you pass "go".
Yours truly got on the phone - and had a couple of "conversations". Bottom line for me - we have a signed and duly executed agreement on file - and we are sticking to it. The fact that you are now realizing that you didn't charge enough is not my issue - nor that of my clients. How did it end? The vendor agreed with what I stated and our pricing is where it should be. End of story.
Is the client happy? You bet! She and I spoke today - her words were this "I am so glad I have you, because that is not something I wanted to deal with". I agree - that 's what I am here for, that's why you retained me. Call me the bad cop, the hired gun...whatever. Can I make things magically appear and disappear? Make people bend to my will? Depends on who you ask :) Just know this - a great wedding planner can help you get through stuff that would otherwise be a proverbial pain in the behind. Our job is to make this journey as stressless as possible -and while we can't always make everything 100% A-OK, we do our darndest to achieve the closest thing to perfection as possible.
I know that there are folks out there who think people like me are a luxury - that they don't need us. Well, you are entitled to your opinion - and I respect that. BUT, I'm not your best friend who just planned her wedding and thought it was a blast...I'm not your Aunt Myra who always pulls together all of the family events and I'm not the sweet little lady at the church who has known you since you were 2. I am a professional - trained and able to ferret out stuff that most people don't even think about. I am a professional - well versed and very knowledgeable in regards to everything wedding. And lastly - I am a professional, paid to make sure that your "I Do's" are one of the most memorable moments in your life. I am your wedding planner - a veritable treasure trove of instinct, ability, creativity and style. And I am definitely, without a doubt, one of the best investments you'll ever make........