(Closed) what’s the difference between a wedding planner and bridal consultant?

posted 9 years ago in Santa Barbara/Ventura, California
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

This is just my personal intepretation, but to me both do similar work — either will help you develop plans and ideas for your wedding, but a wedding planner goes a step further in terms of helping you execute those ideas within however long you have hired them for their services. If you’re uncertain when comparing a planner to a consultant, you should probably just ask them directly what kind of services they offer and make sure they are able to do what you need them to do.

As for credentials, I know there are official organizations that certify wedding planners and consultants. My DOC is a wedding planner and a nationally certified bridal consultant, as well as certified to do wedding planning at certain resorts. I don’t think any diploma programs exist for wedding planning but there are for the hospitality industry, which I imagine some planners may have a diploma in. To me it seems that most planners get into the event planning industry from other backgrounds but those who are serious about it will get the necessary certifcation and join the right associations. Check with whoever it is you end up hiring for their previous references too, that’ll be your best indication of whether they’ve done good, professional work in the past!

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