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Experienced Professional vs. Newbie

When you are selecting your vendors for your wedding, you will be faced with many choices. You may at times be tempted to hire someone who is new to the business rather than an experienced professional, in order to save a little money. There are positives and negatives to each…We have seen many cakes almost fall over, pictures not turn out, DJ show up hours late, equipment blow-out and too many more event nightmares to want to mention… Remember, there are no do-overs.

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When you are selecting your vendors for your wedding, you will be faced with many choices. You may at times be tempted to hire someone who is new to the business rather than an experienced professional, in order to save a little money. There are positives and negatives to each. On one hand, you can get a great deal. On the other hand how great is saving money when you do not get what you had hoped for? My professional advice is, if you are going to take this type of a risk, make sure it is in an area you truly do not care if it doesn’t turn out well. Remember, there are no do-overs.

Over our 25 years in business, we have seen just about everything. There have been times when a newbie worked out okay, and times it did not work out as well. When it worked out well, it was because of a certain set of circumstances that would not have worked out at all if they had been any different. There are so many facets to event planning and the industry that most people do not understand, so they think hiring someone who is inexperienced will be just fine. Each service requires a vast amount of experience to do a good job. Lenses, lighting, timing, delivery, temperature, set-up, pick-up…We have seen many cakes almost fall over, pictures not turn out, DJ show up hours late, equipment blow-out and too many more event nightmares to want to mention.

Throughout our years in business we have developed a three page vendor etiquette form that we ask our service providers to follow. You may think it is because we have very strict, high standards for service. If this is what you think, you are right. One of our three pages is dedicated entirely to our high standards. Two of the pages are to spell out clearly what you and I think may be common sense behavior. Simple things such as stating ‘no hanging advertising banners’, ‘no smoking while working’, ‘no leaving piles of business cards on the tables’. These are behaviors that you and I may think are just assumed as unacceptable for vendors at a wedding; however, the truth is, it is on our form because these behaviors, along with many other unacceptable ones, are very common.

I hope you are beginning to see that hiring a newbie on your wedding day is not the time or the right way to save money by hiring someone who “needs” the experience. Just understanding what to do when, and how to work with other professionals during the event to make everything go smooth, takes time and experience.

If you hire the right coordinator, you should be able to make up any of the money you were hoping to save in the first place. This is also not a place to cut corners! Hire a full service event planner, someone who will be there with you every step of the way in the planning process. They not only have an unlimited amount of resources, but they also know about and can get the best deals. Keep in mind, a coordinator can bring dozens of clients per year to a vendor. This gives them a greater edge for negotiating a good deal.

Brace yourself, this may be hard to hear, but you need to consider yourself a newbie as well. You may have a clear vision of how you would like things to be, but that doesn’t make you a wedding planner. Just like Uncle Ned having an expensive camera doesn’t make him a professional photographer. Having a clear vision is a great place to start and that is the information you will want to share with your wedding coordinator/planner. Let them use their industry experience and knowledge to help you execute the important details of your special day.

So, in conclusion, remember, when hiring someone who needs experience, they are experimenting on your irreplaceable day and you really cannot hold them accountable for not delivering things they did not fully understand.

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Genesis Master of Events is located in the Premier Bride Wedding Center at 7075 North West Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711.

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