There can be countless tasks to cover while planning a wedding.  From selecting the venue, music and meal to securing the date, RSVPs and accommodations, then ensuring it all comes together flawlessly.  It’s no wonder why some of us brides are compared to a certain creature that overtook Tokyo (stress can be hard on a girl!).

In order to worry less and smile more throughout the planning process, it’s beneficial to enlist the help of a professional planner.  Whether you’re looking to relinquish total control or only hand over the reigns on the big day, we’re explaining types of wedding planning services to help you which is the right option for you.


Types of Wedding Planning Services

Full Planning Services

If you you’re looking for a wedding wiz to help you every step of the way, then hiring a full-time professional may be the right option for you.  Full wedding planning services include both management of pre-wedding preparation and executing day of coordination.  This is also a great option for the bride and groom planning an intricate event.

Although this service level will certainly alleviate the most stress, it’s also the most costly.  Should your budget allow it, full wedding planning services will assist in almost all of the wedding day details.

Responsibilities of Full Wedding Planning Services Include:

  • Tracking budget
  • Vendor recommendations and contract review
  • Attend appointments related to the event
  • Creating wedding design
  • Tracking RSVPs
  • Creating the seating chart
  • Setting up for the ceremony and reception
  • Day of coordination details

Wedding reception table

Partial Planning Services

Many wedding planning firms also offer partial planning services, which limit the amount of services provided.  This is a great option for a more low key affair or if a full-time planner is unnecessary (may be a good option for us Type A girls!).  With a lower tier of services provided, partial planning is also more cost-efficient than the full level.

Partial planning services include standard responsibilities that are either packaged by the planner or selected by the client.  For example, with partial planning, the coordinator may be responsible for the decor and design, but you may need to research and select which vendors to use.


Day of Coordination

Since no bride wants to be bothered on her big day, the almost necessary option is day of coordination.  This person or team is responsible for executing details pertaining to the rehearsal, ceremony and reception.  The coordinator is on-site throughout the entire affair to ensure organization and to deal with any issues that may arise.

Responsibilities of Day Of Coordination Include:

  • Creating wedding day itinerary
  • Ensuring that all events occur based on the timeline created
  • Coordination of ceremony and reception
  • Distribute payments and gratuities to wedding vendors
  • Clean up of of the reception area


Which of these wedding planning services do you think is right for you?  If you’ve studied up on your options and are now ready to choose, we have a full list of wedding planners in the Raleigh area on our vendor page, here.