The Wedding Planner
Under-eye circles, panicky breakdowns, unnecessary entitlement: thanks to a glut of reality TV programming it's not hard to form an image of the stereotypical frazzled bride. Sure, there are large pieces of the planning puzzle to tend with—venue, catering, photographer and dress—but the memorable moments live in the minute details like retro invites, inside joke playlists and quirky favours. And all brides, whether you're easy breezy or an A-type list-maker, have one thing in common: all of those details take time and energy to organize.
A professional wedding planner can step in to help with research, styling and even family management (such as soothing high-strung in-laws or wrangling your wacky aunt), and make the day-of staging run smoothly. We've selected 10 experienced firms that displayed eye-pleasing websites, strong know-how and gorgeous portfolios (and many even run their own blogs to offer customers additional inspiration). Here, they dish on their roles as planners, common mistakes that couples make and favourite wedding trends.