(Closed) Would you hire a professional wedding counselor?

posted 5 years ago in Emotional
  • poll: Would you hire a professional wedding coach or counselor?
    Yes. I see the value in having unbiased support : (3 votes)
    11 %
    Maybe/it depends and I'll explain : (4 votes)
    15 %
    Nope. I'll explain : (20 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 4
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    11355 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @Acalmjulybride:  

    Although I think your intuition is correct that brides likely would be able to benefit from the type of services you could offer them, I think your target market may be slightly smaller than you are anticipating. One of the biggest stress factors for brides who are planning their own weddings is budget. If a bride is trying to create her dream wedding on a tight budget, she may not be willing or able to spend much money on a wedding counselor. And, if she does need counseling services, she may need to first consider those available through her health insurance plan.

    Likewise, someone who has the funds to hire a wedding planner would probably have less wedding-related stress, since she has a professional wedding planner to help her through the wedding-planning process.

    Still, there are brides who don’t have budget issues who also do not have wedding planners, so there probably is a market for the type of services you wish to offer.

    Post # 6
    Member
    28 posts
    Newbee

    I think the target market is bigger than people realize. There is already a pre-wedding counselor out there. Her name is Sheryl Paul and and she is very successful. She helps soon to be brides through the emotional transition into marriage. Here’s her website.

    http://conscious-transitions.com/conscious-weddings/

    Post # 7
    Member
    3092 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I definitely would!  I’m fighting my hardest to get into an 8 week seminar on mindfullness and stress reduction for the next quarter of school (last quarter in my graduate program) and right before we’ll be getting married.  Since the program is through the school it is discounted @ 75-120$ for 8 weeks, 1x week 3hr sessions with materials.

    1. What are your biggest frustrations as a  bride?
     
    Time management, feeling unsupported, feeling overwhelmed, hard to concentrate 
     
    2. How do you cope/deal with these frustrations? Friends? Fiancé?  Others?
     
    Fiance and I don’t think it’s fair because he has the same stuff on his plate in a way but also has to deal with me feeling stressed out from school and wedding to boot.
     
    3. Would you ever pay a counselor or coach to help you prevent or  cope with wedding/pre-marital stress? If so, how much would you be willing to  pay? Honestly?

    I couldn’t pay a lot, but I’d pay under 200$ for a seminar (over time) kind of thing.  I wouldn’t be as interested in paying 200$ for one session like counseling.

    Post # 8
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    9142 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    I read a book once called Emotionally Engaged and it gave a really good run down of the stress experienced by newly engaged women, brides, and newlyweds.

    Post # 9
    Member
    463 posts
    Helper bee

    This is a bit of a tangent, but your idea reminds me of a marriage-related service that I just cannot find. I would gladly pay a professional advisor to help with the financial, tax, and legal aspects of marriage. Similar to how a financial advisor listens to your goals and helps you decide on a portfolio, if there were someone who knew about the legal and tax aspects as well, they could give personalized advice on the whole combining finances part of marriage. If that also incorporated advice/counseling on handling finances together, that would be cool too – I often hear people say the #1 cause of divorce is financial disagreements.

    I don’t know why that doesn’t exist! I tried asking a financial advisor about some of this, but he didn’t have any info beyond just the standard investing/portfolio stuff. Probably going to try a lawyer next.

    So, I guess you could call that my biggest frustration. I haven’t really started wedding planning yet, but I don’t anticipate an unusual amount of frustration with the wedding itself.

    I’d be willing to pay up to about $500 total to find out what our tax/legal/financial strategy should be, including any legal documents we might need.

    Post # 10
    Member
    5001 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    No, I’ve loved wedding planning so much!! I have a long engagement, supportive family, and a very stable relationship so I think those things all helped. Some people seem to go totally nutso about wedding planning though, so you may have a good market! I’m a marathon runner and this kind of reminds me of sports psychology. I know a girl who runs marathons (not particularly fast or anything) and she gets so much anxiety that she started seeing a sports psychologist. It’s not common, but it’s there!

    Post # 11
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    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Brielle:  +1

    Although, if you were already an existing marriage and family therapist, you could offer this as a service because chances are it’s covered under insurance. The copay is a lot easier to swallow than the entire amount.

    Post # 12
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    101 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @4cube:  Where are you located?  I know an attorney who does this, but you have to be a Michigan resident.

    Post # 13
    Member
    463 posts
    Helper bee

    @PinkBubbles:  Aww thanks! I’m in California though. I’m sure it exists somewhere – just gotta keep looking.

    Post # 14
    Member
    473 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    The officiant we hired is a family therapist. Her fee covers the creation of a ceremony and five sessions to get to know us (to write the ceremony)/discuss pre-wedding issues. I’m really happy we decided to make this investment. We’re a strong, long-term couple, but this is a really crazy time even without wedding planning, so having someone help us focus on “us” during planning has been awesome.

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