What Is the Average Wedding Budget?

Each year The Knot sends out a survey to over 10,000 brides that have married during the year and figures out the national average spending on a wedding budget.  Here are the results for last year:
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While this may be the national average, in many cities across the –United States it is much higher.  Take a look at the results from The Knot’s survey on the 25 most expensive places to get married:

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Guess who gets the award for most expensive weddings?  That’s right…Manhatten, New York takes the ribbon for most expensive place to get married in 2013. How about you?  Do you have a budget for your wedding?  The ACPWC recommends hiring a professional Wedding Planner.  Being experts in their field, a Certified Wedding Consultant can help you design a budget that is right for you, and then help you stick to it.  They also have wedding resources and contacts to assist you in finding the best choices for your signature wedding.  Having relationships with wedding professionals, helps planners to recognize value and negotiate great prices, saving you time and money.  Are you in need of a reputable Wedding Consultant?  Here is a list of our recommendations:  click here

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Join ACPWC for a Cruise on the Bay!

Join ACPWC as we Cruise the Bay! 

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Experience a Gourmet Dining Cruise on the Bay

Hosted by Hornblower Cruises and Events

Take a little time out from your busy schedule.

Come and enjoy a great meal, singing, dancing and lots of fun!

        Join ACPWC as we Cruise the Bay!

RSVP by Friday, July 18

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Spouses and Partners are Welcome to Join!

Invite a fellow graduate, friend, colleague or wedding pro!

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Professional Wedding Consultant Spotlight: A Day Like No Other

We’d like you to meet one of our Members, Jutta Lammerts, Professional Wedding Consultant and Owner of A Day Like No Other.

Portrait-Jutta-200x300What got you into the business, Jutta?  When our son and his wonderful fiancee announced their wedding plans, we were “over the moon,” and even more so when the two promoted me to exclusive wedding planner. I immediately jumped into planning mode, and I loved every minute of the year-long endeavor! The wedding grew to a 3-day affair in 4 different places and with guests from 3 continents – and I just had to live up to the occasion. In the end, it was a big success, and I was hooked, because wedding planning has proved positively addictive! I had, in fact, found my new vocation, and that was the starting point for A Day Like No Other – Wedding Coordination and Design. Several years and many weddings later, I am still as thrilled and as enthusiastic about wedding planning as ever – just ask my brides and the colleagues with whom I am collaborating for my events.

Please tell us a bit about your skills and training.  I am not only the author of Wedding Woof, I am also planning and designing elegant, personalized weddings at the most beautiful venues in the San Francisco Bay Area and all of Northern California. My business is “A Day Like No Other,” and that’s what I design for my couples – a dream Wedding Day! As a Professional Wedding Consultant,  trained and certified by the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants, and as the Events Committee Chair, Northern California, of the Wedding Industry Professionals Association, I bring experience, expertise and enthusiasm to my wedding projects 

Will you please tell us a little bit about your business?  My business, A Day Like No Other – Wedding Coordination and Design, is a boutique full-service wedding planning company located on the San Francisco Peninsula, offering services throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area, but also down the Peninsula as far south as Monterey/Carmel and up north to the Napa/Sonoma Wine Country.

It’s a true labor of love: I absolutely love every moment of my work, I enjoy jumping into the excitement of planning with my brides (and grooms), of brainstorming ideas, developing a design scheme, and of making their Great Day into something totally personal, totally unheard-of, A Day Like No Other, in short!

I create totally unique weddings reflecting the personality and style of the couple, be it simple and elegant, or over-the-top glamorous, or nostalgic and whimsical, or cutting-edge urban chic – I’ll come up with design and décor ideas to express my couple’s individuality.  My goal is to create wonderful memories for a lifetime both for the couple and for their families, friends and all guests.

In my work, I am not only creative – I am also exceptionally well-organized with great attention to detail. I have superior social skills, I work hard, I am a team player with all the other vendors at a wedding, and that way I achieve seamless events and flawless execution. Five-star reviews on yelp and on Wedding Wire are proof of my success in the field.

My company’s unique specialty are dog-friendly weddings from Rehearsal Dinner to ceremony, reception and wedding dinner (I can even offer a five-star hotel with Michelin-starred restaurant among the choices!) right to planning a dog-inclusive Honeymoon.

A Day Like No Other is growing fast, now requiring the help of assistants to handle the growing number of weddings, professional and corporate events currently “in the works.” In addition to my dedication to my company, I am also an active blog-writer (my blog, Wedding Woof, enjoys 300 to 500 site visits per day) and contributor to wedding-related publications. What’s next? I am hoping to expand my business to clients overseas (Europe, East Asia) and to offer elopement and destination SF packages including 24/7 travel guides and interpreters – but that’s still in the planning stages!

Thank you for sharing with us Jutta.  We are very proud to have you as a Member of the ACPWC and would highly recommend you as a top notch Professional Wedding Consultant.

Check out this beautiful wedding put on by A Day Like No Other:

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Small Business Tip: Travel – What Can You Deduct While Traveling? Part 2

Continuing on from last week, Renee Daggett from Admin Books keeps us updated on important deductions we can use when traveling on business

Can I Pay Family or Friends for Business Lodging?

by Renee Daggett

Renee Daggett, President

Renee Daggett, President

Yes, deduction for business travel lodging expenses when staying with a relative or friend for less than 15 days is deductible to the business.  For example, will you be taking a business travel trip to a city where your mom and dad live?  If so, you could pay fair rent for staying at their home and the rent you pay mom and dad could be tax-free to them.

1.You need to pay a commercial (fair) rent to mom and dad.
2.You need to get a receipt; tax law requires receipts for all lodging tax deductions.
3.Your mom and dad collect the rent as tax-free income because they rented their home for less than 15 days during the tax year.
4.If you pay rent of more than $600 to an individual during a tax year, you must give them (and the IRS) a Form 1099.
5. Mom and dad get no deductions for the expenses of renting their guest room to you.  Under the less-than-15-day rule, tax law completely ignores both income and expenses.  Mom and dad report the rental income from the Form 1099 on their Schedule E for the year, then, because the amount is not taxable, they should subtract that amount in the expense section of Schedule E and add a supporting statement:  “Taxpayers rented their personal residence for less than 15 days during the tax year.  Such rent is exempt from tax under IRS Section 280A.”

Can I deduct travel for my spouse?

Travel expenses can be deducted for a spouse (or person accompanying the taxpayer) if:
1. The individual is an employee of the taxpayer
2. Has a bona fide (genuine) purpose in traveling with the taxpayer
You can still take your spouse on the trip even if they are not an employee, but the expenses related to their travel are NOT deductible.

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All expenses for travel outside the U.S. are deductible if the trip is entirely devoted to business activities.  If the reason for the trip is primarily for non-business reasons, such as a vacation, NONE of the travel costs are deductible.  If the primary purpose of the trip is for business, but some time is spent on personal activities, travel costs generally must be prorated by dividing the number of business days by the total number of travel days.  But, even if time is spent on non-business activities, the trip is considered entirely for business if one of the following conditions is met:

1. The taxpayer does not have substantial control over arranging the trip. A self-employed person generally has substantial control over the arrangement of a trip.
2. The taxpayer was outside the U.S. on a business trip for a week or less.  Do not count the day of departure from the U.S., but count the day of return.
3. Less than 25% of the total time spent during the trip was spent on non-business activities.  For this purpose, count both the days of departure and return.
4. The taxpayer can establish that a vacation was not a major consideration for the trip.

Cruise Ship Conventions

You can deduct up to $2000 per person per year if you take a cruise and there is a business convention held.  The seminar must be directly related to the taxpayers trade or business and the ship must be a US ship and all the ports traveled are within the U.S.
If the expenses listed on your receipt show for meals or entertainment, the deduction is only 50%.  However, if the expenses are not stated separately, the cost is 100% deductible.

Actual costs Versus Per Diem

In some situations, it is more advantageous to take advantage of using the IRS’ per diem rates for your travel expenses.  These are IRS published rates for meals, travel and lodging by area (See IRS Publication 1542).  For example, if you find that you don’t spend much on meals, the per diem rate might get you a higher deduction per day than taking actual costs.  If you file your tax return as a proprietor or as a corporation in which you own more than 10 percent, you may not use the per diem allowance for lodging, actual receipts are required.

Needed Proof of Travel

In every case, it’s important to remember to always keep your receipts so that you are able to justify an expense should you ever get audited.  Taxpayers are required to maintain a diary, log trip sheet or similar records, as well as documentary evidence (for example, receipts, canceled checks) to substantiate the amount, time, place and business purpose of the expenditures.  For travel and entertainment expenses (other than lodging), receipts are not required for expenses below $75.  However, your credibility increases if you have all documentation of your trip.  It is also important to keep books, brochures, or handouts for conferences attended.  Records must be kept showing the time, place, business purposes and amount of each separate expenses.

As you can see, travel deductions can be confusing.  If you have a specific travel situation you would like to discuss, call Admin Books for assistance.

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Thank you, Renee for sharing your timely expertise.

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Small Business Tip: What You Can Deduct While Traveling

As Wedding Planners, destination weddings are frequently on our schedule.  To help us with our tax deductibles, Renee Daggett from Admin Books brings us timely tax tips for summer travel.

Travel:  What is deductible?  Part 1 0f 2

by Renee Daggett
 
Renee Daggett, President

Renee Daggett, President

Business owners and employees often want to deduct travel expenses on their tax returns.  But, be careful.  Business travel deductions are an area the IRS will focus frequently on because many taxpayers aren’t familiar with the rules.  Figuring these deductions can be complicated.  Below are some of the top travel questions asked by taxpayers.  Consult your tax preparer for your specific situation or review IRS Publication 463.

So what business travel expenses can you deduct?

The Internal Revenue Service defines travel expenses, for tax purposes, as “the ordinary and necessary expenses of traveling away from home for your business, profession or job.”  The rules about what is considered a business travel expense are not black and white, so there is some room for interpretation.

TYPICAL DEDUCTIBLE TRAVEL EXPENSES: OTHER DEDUCTIBLE TRAVEL EXPENSES:
•Cost of airfare •Tips given to bellboy
•Lodging •Laundry or dry cleaning
•Rental car •Faxing or photocopying fees
•Excess baggage charges •Computer rental fees
•Gasoline

•Telephone charges while on road

•Public transportation to/from business activity

•Mailing costs to send reports back to office

•You may deduct 100 percent of your business travel expenses with the exception of meals and entertainment, which are only 50 percent deductible. •Traveling expenses must not be considered lavish, extravagant or unnecessary.  For example, a meal allowance of $30 per day would be considered ordinary, but eating at five-star restaurants the whole time would not. •Business assignments away from home that last longer than a year are considered indefinite by the IRS and therefore not eligible for a tax deduction. •Your travel must be for existing business.  You are not eligible for a travel expense deduction if your trip is to start a new business or acquire one.  Those items would be considered start-up expenses and are separate from travel.

Travel_Expenses.jpgHow do you decide if a travel day is personal or business?

Whether a trip is primarily business or personal depends on the facts and circumstances.  The amount of time spent on personal activities compared to the amount of time spent on activities directly relating to business is an important factor in determining whether the trip is primarily business or personal.

If your trip is largely for personal reasons, but you conduct business while away, you may deduct only those expenses that are directly related to business.

You can deduct all of your travel expenses if your trip was entirely business related.  If your trip is primarily for business but also includes some personal travel, you can deduct only the travel expenses related to business.

What classifies as a business day?

Generally, a business day is at least four hours and one minute to be considered a business day.

Days spent traveling to and from a business destination are considered business days. Weekends and holidays are considered business days if they fall between business days. For example:  You travel from San Francisco to Jamaica for business meetings, beginning on Tuesday and concluding on Wednesday of the following week.  You treat Saturday and Sunday as business days, even if you spend those days at the beach.  On the other hand, if the meetings concluded on Friday and you spent the weekend on the beach, you count those days as personal, nondeductible days.

If your presence is required at a particular place for a specific and bona fide business purpose, that day is a business day, regardless of time spent on business.  For example:  You live in San Francisco but need to travel to Washington, DC, personally to sign a contract.  The contract signing takes 30 minutes.  The day is a business day.

You also have a business day if you travel to a business location with the intent to conduct business but could not conduct that business because of circumstances beyond your control.  For example:  you travel to Disney World to attend a seminar.  The seminar leader is struck ill and no seminar is held.  You go to Epcot for the day.  The day is a business day. (Your Epcot ticket is not deductible if you do not separately qualify it for an entertainment deduction, but the rest of your expenses for food and lodging qualify as business deductions because your return flight is the next day.

Here is an example of fitting in personal travel with a business trip.  You work in Atlanta and take a business trip to New Orleans.  On your way home, you stop in Mobile to visit your parents.  You spend $1,996 for the 9 days you are away from home for travel, meals, lodging and other travel expenses.  If you had not stopped in Mobile, you would have been gone only 6 days and your total cost would have been $1,696.  You can deduct $1,696 for your trip, including the cost of round-trip transportation to and from New Orleans.

Why is classifying a day as a business day important?

1. If a day is classified as a business day, then the deductions for the costs for the day (lodging, food, etc.) are deductible. 2. The business day classification counts toward the trip being primarily a business trip and producing deductions for the cost of travel to and from the destination.

Stay tuned for Part 2 next week.

Thank you for your timely tips, Renee.  The ACPWC appreciates your interest in helping wedding consultants keep on top of important tax business.

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The Unsung Hero at Home

So often we hear about the unsung hero… those who are on the battlefield or have gone overseas to protect and to serve.  We honor them, and we appreciate them for putting their lives on the line for us each and every day.  Their service should be acknowledged and rewarded.  We have the privilege to honor our heroes several times a year, not nearly enough.  But have we given much thought to the unsung hero at home?  This is the person who stays home, but really carries a much larger burden than we realize.  This is the person who manages the household, takes care of the children, pays the bills, organizes events to honor soldiers and prays for your safety.  What about them?

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As we enter into the season of commemoration, patriotism and heroism, let us not forget this very important group of people who are seldom given official honors for their sacrifices and contributions.  Although their sacrifices may not be on the proverbial battlefield, they still battle every day. If you have children, you know that some days can feel like being on the battle field. Their contributions may not be recognized on a national level, but they are still valuable and important.  This group is not risking their lives or in harm’s way.  But they are fighting daily to keep the home barracks in order, to ensure our future little soldiers are properly fed and clothed, and that they are well-trained for the future duty of making this world a better place.  They are also managing the finances and maintaining the property.

I am talking about the unsung hero at home…commonly referred to as the spouse, wife, mother, partner, friend, confidant and overall support system.  I’m talking about the one who keeps your household together while you are away, be it on a daily assignment or an overseas tour of duty.  I am talking about the one who deserves some recognition.  They deserve:  a Badge of Courage for their willingness to take on new roles and responsibilities without really having a choice, the Medal of Honor for bravery, courage, and going beyond the call of duty at home, and the Medal of Valor for their domestic gallantry and chivalry at home, for committing those exceptional acts of voluntary and personal heroism.

When you are celebrating our Independence this fourth of July, remember to honor those who are committed and determined at home, those who give of their time and energy in many different ways, those who may not land on foreign soil, but who sacrifice for this country and stand firm on solid ground.

This country was built on the principles of honesty, hard work, and perseverance. Entrepreneurship is the foundation for which this country was built and it continues to be the anchor that has helped us develop into the greatest country in the world.  Our independence had allowed us the opportunity to educate ourselves and become independent business owners.

While celebrations and proclamations are great, actions are better.  Giving back is one way of paying tribute to our heroes.  The ACPWC would like to honor our Unsung Heroes at Home by providing training courses for military spouses to become Wedding and Event planners.  This career path is perfect because it is portable, flexible and fun.  The training will give people the opportunity to own their own businesses, as well as a chance to build confidence, new relationships, and stronger communities.  Putting people to work fosters an environment for economic growth and a sense of empowerment.

You can support our efforts by joining with us to create a scholarship fund to offset the cost of the training program.  Click on the link for more information.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wedding-planning-certification-for-military-spouses

Celebrate, honor, and appreciate the Unsung Hero at Home!

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6 Common Wedding Planning Mistakes Made by Brides

Every couple wants their big day to be a smooth-running, stress-free, fairytale wedding that will be remembered as a wonderful celebration for years to come.  However, there are so many details involved in planning a wedding, it is normal for mishaps to occur.  It is a good idea to have a trained professional to handle these circumstances and assist you in the process.  The ACPWC has put together a list of a few of the top mistakes brides have made in planning their weddings.

6 Common Wedding Planning Mistakes Made by Brides.

  • Reason #1 – Nounhappy bridet hiring a Wedding Planner – Planning your own wedding can be an overwhelming experience.  Many brides have made the mistake of not hiring a wedding planner and paid the price by being very stressed throughout the process. As a result, they did not enjoy their special day like they could have.  A Wedding Planner will help you plan your wedding from beginning to end and will ensure that everything flows smoothly on the wedding day.  They will negotiate good prices for skilled vendors, assist with accessories, keep you moving on your planning timeline, assist with proper etiquette, take care of all the little details, and so much more!  This in turn will help you enjoy the planning process without the stress.  
  • Procrastinate –Putting things off will cause more stress closer to your wedding date.  Getting things done in a timely manner will allow you to relax and enjoy yourself on your big day.
  • Blow the budget – It is very easy to overspend on a fairytale wedding.  Staying within budget is crucial.  No one wants the anxiety attached to going deeply in debt for their wedding day.
  • Invite too many guests and forget to take care of them – Your guests are exactly that…guests.  They’ve come to celebrate your special day with you, and some may have traveled quite far. Be sure to make them feel welcome.  For example:  If you are having a beach wedding, provide flip flops and sunscreen or umbrellas.  Provide entertainment and snacks while you are busy having your photos taken.  If you take care of them, they will take away fond memories of your special day.
  • Become obsessed with controlling even small details - Worrying about small details or things that may go awry can make you grumpy and unhappy.  If you don’t let the little things bother you, your guests will not be bothered either.  You control the atmosphere.  No one will remember these things if you don’t overreact to the situation.  Make it your aim to enjoy your day and focus on all of the wonderful things happening.
  • Neglecting the final gown fitting – Two common things that happen to brides-to-be are:  losing weight to fit your ideal dress size or gaining weight due to stress eating before your big day.  Planning and setting your final dress fitting one or two weeks before your wedding day will save you from panic the morning of, when you realize your dress is too small to get into, or you are swimming in it.  You want to be comfortable all day long, and be the beautiful bride your husband and guests will never forget.

This is where we come back to the number one mistake Brides make… not hiring a Wedding Planner.  The list above reflects many mistakes that would most likely not occur with a Wedding Planner in the picture from the beginning.  Some Brides realize part way into planning that they should go ahead and hire a planner.  By then, a few have overspent their Vintage Wedding Dress 2budget and may not be able to take advantage of the skills he or she (the planner) has in negotiating contracts with wedding vendors and in getting you the best deals, but they will still be invaluable in managing the details of the day. If you let your Planner handle the relationship with your vendors, with their level of experience, they can tell you what works and what doesn’t.  Therefore, you have less stress.  We hope knowing these common mistakes will help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Our goal is to help you have the most wonderful day of your life!  If you would like a list of reputable wedding planners in your area, please click here.

 

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Why Women-Owned Businesses Are Succeeding

Housewife with Fresh Pie --- Image by © Royalty-Free/CorbisFifty years ago it became popular for women to leave their Susie Homemaker lives and join the work force.  Today we see a different movement happening.  Women are leaving the workforce and becoming entrepenuers.  Why such a change? In an article written by Rohit Arora (http://www.biz2credit.com/), he lists several reasons why women-owned businesses are thriving.  Here are a few:

  1. Costs of launching a business have dropped.
  2. The idea of working from home suits many females just fine.
  3. Promotional costs have plummeted, thanks to digital marketing and social media
  4. More women than men attend and graduate from college now.

Since the cost of starting your own business is so much less, why wouldn’t more women opt for this?  Working long hours, climbing corporate ladders and dealing with the politics can get quite stressful.  Today women are opting to work their own businesses from home, so they can have the freedom and flexibility to take care of their families and find fulfillment in their career. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind when considering launching your own business:

  1.  Be confident and move forward – You will be making a lot of decisions that may not be easy, but this is all a part of learning and growing.
  2. Take advantage of training programs and ongoing education – This is very important to stay on top of your field.
  3. Find an experienced mentor – They will help you along the way and be a great resource for you.
  4. Set realistic limits, but do not hold yourself back – Keep your balance
  5. Take advantage of business resource organizations – Always look for advice on how to effectively grow your business and utilize networking opportunities.

With everything in your favor to start your own business, why not take advantage of the ACPWC’s summer specials for becoming a Certified Wedding Planner?  Included in your training is an experienced mentor to help you along the way.  The ACPWC is an excellent go-to resource to get you on your feet and keep you moving forward toward success and fulfillment.  Read more here.. Summer Specials Are you dreaming of becoming a Wedding Planner?  Take advantage of our Summer Specials.  Register for course before deadline to take advantage of special offer:

June 15 - $200 off – Hurry for this special!

July 15 - $150 off

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ACPWC Wedding Planner Featured on “The Lovewell Post”

We are excited to share a beautiful wedding done by Pamela Beth of Pamela Beth Weddings , a member of the ACPWC.

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This was Pamela’s  favorite wedding from last year, and it was featured on The Lovewell Post, Central New York’s Bridal Blog, by her “dear friend” Kate Brown. The Photographer was  Kaylan Buteyn Photography, and he did a fabulous job!

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See Pamela’s interview on The Lovewell Post. Kate and Pamela will be working together in August on an exciting wedding project for Central New York.  “Its always such a privilege to work with excellent people in our community.”  Well said, Pamela.

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Championship Game, Championship Wedding

by Deborah Moody

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.

Champion 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”?

The ACPWC recommends Certified Wedding Planners and Consultants, as well as Wedding Professionals in many areas.  Please see our website for a comprehensive list.

 

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