A wedding planning expert is helping couples across the country with the wedding planning that’s right for them.
As the bridegroom and groom approach the nuptials, they will need to plan and prepare for everything from the reception to the reception party.
It’s not enough to simply get married in your hometown, but to have a wedding that is a reflection of the family, friends and community.
“You can have a great reception, and a great ceremony, but you can’t have a reception that’s going to be the same every day,” said Jennifer Korn, a wedding planner and wedding director.
“The bridegrooms have to be prepared for everything.”
Korn said that there are some things that need to be done in a wedding ceremony that may not be obvious at first glance.
“It’s important to have some type of ceremony, and you’re going to want to be able to go over some of those things that are going to happen in the ceremony,” she said.
“Some of them may not seem obvious at the time, but they will be in the future, and they will take time to learn about.”
Kamala N. Davis, a partner at Davis Planning, said that the first step for couples planning a wedding is to understand how weddings are traditionally planned.
“The best way to think about it is, in a traditional wedding, you have people coming together in a circle, so you have a circle of people in the center of the circle.
You have people in a small room that’s surrounded by candles and the guests.
And you have the reception that is held in the large room that is surrounded by people,” Davis said.”
But in a modern wedding, that circle is now expanded to include everyone in the room, so now it’s a bigger circle, with more people in it, and then in the end it’s about more people, and it becomes more of a celebration of the wedding itself.”
Katherine Kuebler, a marriage and family therapist who is also a wedding director, said there are also wedding planning tips that can help couples in a number of ways.
“A couple can really look to have their own ceremony, that’s where I feel that the key is is to know the rituals, and to understand those rituals,” she told ABC News.
“You can’t do everything by yourself.”
Kuebler said that in addition to learning the wedding rituals, couples can also look to their own wedding plans for guidance.
“For me, it’s all about having the right plans, so I think the best way is to have the wedding plan,” she added.
Davis, Davis Planning and others have all been recognized by the wedding industry as leaders in wedding planning, as well as by the National Wedding Commission.
Korn, however, says that there’s a big difference between being a wedding coordinator and a wedding manager.
“There are some roles that are really challenging, and there are a lot of challenges for people who are a wedding planning professional, but it’s not a career that people think about very often,” she explained.
“If you’re a wedding specialist and you are a marriage planner, you are going be very successful, but for a lot people it’s just not going to make them happy.”
Kuerbler said couples should always make sure to talk with their wedding planner before making any decisions.
“I would never be putting you down if you didn’t have any input into your wedding, but I would never tell you to make something you think is going to hurt you,” she advised.
Kuerber said that if you’re looking to get married and your partner is a wedding consultant, it might be a good idea to look for someone who has been involved in wedding ceremonies before.
“Some people will really appreciate someone who is familiar with that experience,” she continued.
“But if you are not familiar with it, then you’re probably not going be able or prepared to handle it.”
Davis, who has done wedding planning for several decades, said she is very excited about the next steps in wedding counseling for both couples and their loved ones.
“When you are married and you have kids, and your kids have to know what to expect, you need to have someone who knows the process of having a family,” she shared.
“And when you have to do it on your own, you know what’s going on and you can do it.”