Monday, March 4, 2013

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Tips from the Pro
When You Fail to Plan, the Plan will Fail

By Sharon Ringiér

I truly believe, at least for most brides, that we are programmed with the genetic DNA to start planning our weddings from birth. Then with the help of society, we start to become conditioned. It begins as little girls when we see images of princesses thanks to characters like Cinderella, Snow White and The Little Mermaid. As young women, the box office works on us with films like “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “The Wedding Planner.” It’s no wonder we are so consumed with the perfect wedding and knowing exactly what we want right down to the last detail.

A great celebrity planner, Diann Valentine once said, “Weddings reflect the greatest celebration in a woman’s life, and we believe that on this day a reflection of our own personal style is the only right choice.” That is the true essence of a wedding!

So many brides feel they can save money by planning their own wedding because there are plenty of magazines, books, DIY websites and well-meaning church coordinators, moms, and aunts to help with the execution. It is possible to accomplish. But the question is, at what cost? What happens in between the engagement and the wedding? Shouldn’t the process of creating this momentous day be joyful? What causes the average bride to become over-whelmed, extremely stressed, and even disappointed with the outcome of planning her own wedding? Brides tend to devalue the need to have a good plan or shall I say… planner.

The expression “time is money” is so pertinent when it comes to hiring a planner. It is reported that it takes about 400 hours (or ten 40-hour work weeks) to plan a wedding. Realistically, who has that kind of time? All too often, brides find themselves in over their heads—so by the time the blessed day is here, they’re just happy to have gotten through it. Hiring a wedding planner is one of the best investments that can be made.

Still not sure? Why do you hire a professional photographer? You want professional pictures to cherish for a lifetime. Your cake is ordered from the best pastry shop in town. Why? Because you want a cake that not only tastes great, but one that you will remember forever. Why not hire a wedding planner to ensure your wedding day is as elegant, well organized, and executed with precision? When you consider hiring a wedding planner, you not only hire a professional; you hire an artist and designer that can capture your vision, a personal assistant that can buffer the issues that arise, but most of all you gain a friend that wants your day to be as special as you are.

About Sharon Ringiér

While she's been married for 26 years, Sharon has renewed her own wedding vows three times since her first wedding in October 1985. Falling in love with the planning and production of her own wedding, she decided to pursue a career as a wedding planner, and in March1997, received her certification from the Association of Certified Professional Consultants of San Jose, California. She is also the Chapter President of The Event Planners Association (EPA). Her gift and enthusiasm aids her clients to visualize and personalize their event from start to finish and have landed her in the celebrity scene planning the fabulous wedding of the world-renowned blues artist Shemekia Copeland!

Sharon has been nominated for BizBash 2012 Readers Choice Award’s Best Event Designer Finalist, 2012 Wedding Industry Experts Best Event Designer Finalist, 2012 Wedding Industry Experts Best Wedding Planner Finalist and 2011 & 2012 WeddingWire’s Brides Choice Award. In December 2012, she became Co- author of her newest venture, Socially Smart & Savvy where she talks about being the gracious hostess.

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