Outer Banks Wedding Venue, Manteo House, Announces 10 Tips for Selecting a Wedding Planner on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

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Manteo House Weddings, with anticipation for the 2014 Outer Banks wedding season, encourages engaged couples to be thinking about the most important element of planning their wedding: hiring a wedding planner to assist with making plans and coordinating their wedding day.

Outer Banks Wedding Planner Christy Ethridge meets with a bride-to-be to go over upcoming details of a June wedding.

Your wedding planner should provide first class service. Select a wedding planner who has the intuition to identify both the expressed and unexpressed wishes of you and your guests.

Engaged couples often need guidance and assistance in planning the biggest day of their lives, their wedding. The Outer Banks of North Carolina has become one of the most popular destination wedding locations in the country. For both local and out-of-town brides, having a wedding planner is oftentimes essential to pulling off a seamless event. Outer Banks wedding planner Christy Ethridge of Socially Serene Events has over 7 years of experience in planning and coordinating weddings in various locales and venues. She provides these tips for selecting a wedding planner:

1. Choose a wedding planner who has at least 5 years of experience in planning special events. An experienced wedding planner will have the ability to provide effective solutions for almost any scenario. If you are planning a destination wedding, you will also want to choose a wedding planner who has experience in your destination.

2. Will the wedding planner customize his or her services to fulfill your personal wishes? Wedding planners should provide flexibility in customizing their scope of services to suit the individual needs of each guest.

3. Check the references of the wedding planner. Ask other vendors about their rapport in working together. Does he or she plan weddings as a full time profession or do they offer planning as an additional service to their main craft? It is important to choose a wedding planner who has the flexibility in providing each and every one of their clients with the full time and attention they deserve.

4. Will the wedding planner provide you and the vendors with confirmations in advance? You may want to review all of the important details for your wedding several times prior to your wedding date to ensure the wedding planner comprehends and relays your requests accurately. Your planner should begin the process of confirming final details a month in advance so that any vague information or ambiguous details can be identified and clarified in a timely manner prior to your event.

5. What is the plan for your ceremony and reception? Does the wedding planner provide a timeline of events in advance and provide this information to all parties involved? A well managed event always has a proposed schedule to outline the sequence of events.

6. Does the wedding planner work in partnership with the photographer, venue, caterer, and DJ to manage the timeline of activities throughout the wedding? All vendors must work cohesively together to ensure your wedding runs smoothly and in a timely fashion. The wedding planner should act as a liaison between the bride and groom and vendors to ensure the wedding plans are coordinated in a manner to set each vendor up for success. Many Outer Banks wedding venues are located in large event homes or unique locations on the oceanfront. It is essential that your Outer Banks wedding planner be familiar with all physical aspects of the venue and vendors.

7. Ask the wedding planner what supplies he or she brings on your wedding day. A good wedding planner will arrive well-­‐equipped with an array of materials, supplies, and tools to provide quick and effective solutions for any situation during your wedding. Whether you have wrinkled tablecloths, a stained bridesmaid dress, a broken shoe, or a missing cake knife, the wedding planner should have all the necessary equipment to handle almost any situation.

8. Does the wedding planner arrive early enough to have sufficient time to set up and ensure everything is ready for your wedding? There should be plenty of time in between the time frame for setting up and the time the wedding party lines up for the ceremony. Ask the wedding planner when he or she will arrive for your wedding and how long they will be onsite. The wedding planner should be the first person to arrive and the last person to leave.

9. Choose a wedding planner who is easy for you to work with and is very comfortable with any last minute changes which can happen at any wedding. The wedding planner should have the expertise and flexibility to implement quick changes at a moment’s notice.

10. Finally, your wedding planner should provide first class service. Select a wedding planner who has the intuition to identify both the expressed and unexpressed wishes of you and your guests. The planner should take the initiative to recognize guests who are in need of assistance and empower him or herself to fulfill the needs of you and your guests.

If you have gone through this checklist, you are well on your way to selecting an experienced wedding planner.

For more information or advice on wedding planning on the Outer Banks, contact Christy Ethridge today at 252-202-9072 or visit http://www.manteowedding.com for information on an Outer Banks wedding venue.

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