What is a “kick-off consult”? {Wedding Planning Definitions}

I find that many brides and grooms are naturally entering the wedding planning process with not a lot of experience in these types of large-scale, complex events, and so many of the terms that are bounced around can be confusing.

In our {Wedding Planning Definitions} series, I'll examine some different terms and products that come up often in discussions of the wedding planning process.

Today's feature is

"kick-off consult".

This is a program for clients who would like assistance from a wedding planner in the early stages of their engagement, but perhaps have not committed fully to using a planner for full services. The "kick-off consult" usually includes a design component, where the planner talks with you about your overall vision for the wedding in everything from colors and sounds to the food and drink, all the way to what the attendants will be wearing.  You can ask questions about the pros and cons of different sites, and also get ideas for sites you may not have thought of on your own.  Budget will be discussed, and vendor matches will be suggested.

The bride and groom-to-be leave this meeting armed with a great deal of information to make sound, educated decisions for the initial wedding planning process.  Time involvement varies from planner to planner, and is usually around 1 to 3 hours, often with an email follow-up included.

If you are having a hard time getting your wedding planning process off the ground (perhaps you are stuck without a date or venue and getting stressed), a one-time, "kick-off" consult could be just the thing you need.

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