Championship Game, Championship Wedding
What difference does a Wedding Consultant make to a wedding?
Let me address this question by saying: What difference does a coach make to a championship game? Think of your wedding as a championship game. The dating process and engagement parties have been the winning games leading up to the playoffs. Now it is time for the championship game.
You, the bride and groom, represent the owners. You have saved your money, weighed the options, and decided to buy a championship team, or in this case, “A Wedding”. It is one of the largest financial investments you will ever make, except a home. When making any large investment, you want to do it right, which means, for the best results, hire a professional, someone who has been properly trained and is an expert in their field. When purchasing a home, you hire a realtor. When getting married, you hire a wedding planner.
The wedding guests are the fans. They have come to see you take your vows, toast you on a successful marriage, and cheer you on to a wonderful life together, or should I say, to the championship.
The players of the team represent the Wedding Professionals. They are the baker, caterer, florist, photographer, etc… They each have a specialty, also known as their position. As great as they may be as individuals, there can be no winners without someone giving directions or calling the plays. They must work together as a team and follow the gameplan, also known as a timeline, to achieve the best outcome; in this case, the perfect wedding. Who gives them that direction? The Coach, or should I say, the Wedding Planner.
The Wedding Planner devises the plan, calls the plays, and directs the team to victory. It is the responsibility of the Coach to ensure that the game plan is carried out with precision, and executed flawlessly. The Coach first meets with the owners to strategize and devise the plan. He then talks with the players to guarantee they understand the plan and discuss any problems or concerns. On game day, the Coach directs the team as to when and where each play is to occur; The Wedding Planner does the same, only it is known as executing the timeline. The Planner coaches the team into the championship, otherwise know as the “Perfect Wedding”. So I ask again, “Have you ever seen a winning team without a Coach”?
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