Frequently Asked Questions
What is a bridal consultant?
A bridal (wedding) consultant is a professional whose training,
expertise and contacts will help make your wedding as close to perfect
as it possibly can be - and let you relax (as much as you can) and
enjoy your wedding.
You can count on a professional consultant to help you in many roles.
As an expert, the consultant knows weddings, from the socially
correct invitation formats through the proper planning and organization
of the reception.
Through extensive contacts in the wedding business, the consultant
can match you with the right professionals, from photographer
to caterer, to turn your wedding dreams into reality.
Why should you worry about the details of planning your wedding?
Your consultant will work with the other professionals you have
chosen to make sure everything happens just as you want it.
If you're working with a budget (and who isn't?), your consultant
can help you organize your dream wedding within your budget, by
suggesting ways to make your dollar go the farthest.
Caught between "ex"-families and "step"-families?
A bridal professional, as an independent third party, often can
smooth ruffled feathers and mediate disagreements. Sometimes your
consultant may be nothing more than a "shoulder to cry on"
to support you during the hectic days before your wedding.
This is your once-in-a-lifetime day! Let a professional
bridal consultant handle the details with you. Make certain it turns
out perfectly - and enjoy your wedding!
What will a bridal consultant do for me?
In addition to helping make your wedding dreams come true within
your budget - and perhaps saving you from costly mistakes - a consultant
will save you time. With today's hectic lifestyle, many bridal couples
and their families do not have the time for the detailed planning
and work a beautiful wedding requires.
How can I tell if a consultant is reputable?
All Association of Bridal Consultant's members agree to uphold a
Code of Ethics and Standards of Membership. Look for the Association's
logo and ask to see a current membership certificate; contact the
Association to verify a bridal consultant's status. Be sure to ask
the consultant during the interview what kind of education and experience
they have. The designation of Professional Bridal Consultant
is awarded to Association members who have completed the Professional
Development Program. Some members also participate in Association-sponsored
seminars and workshops; certificates indicating that they have completed
this training also may be displayed.
Do wedding consultants get "kickbacks"
Some vendors do offer commissions to consultants, much as airlines
pay commissions to travel agents. Many consultants pass these commissions
to you in the form of discounts. The Association strongly recommends
against commissions. But, in all cases, you should know how the
consultant is being paid--and by whom.
Won't a consultant want to run the whole show?
A professional wedding consultant will work with you, handling as
much or as little of your wedding as you want. After all, it is
your wedding. The consultant is there to help you and your family
-- and make the day perfect.
Can I afford a wedding consultant?
A wedding consultant is part of your budget, not an extra expense.
In fact, you often save money because a consultant suggests less
expensive alternatives that still enhance your wedding. Consultants
often can obtain discounts from suppliers. Above all, the professional
bridal consultant will work with you to produce your dream wedding,
including the consultant's fee, all within your budget.
Why can't I do the planning myself?
You certainly can do the planning yourself, and that sometimes is
part of the fun of your wedding. But, it also can be a hassle, checking
out many sources for each vendor, making sure all the details are
in place and worrying about whether you're getting the best deal
-- and whether everything will turn out all right. A bridal professional
has the training and experience to make it all work, while you relax.
How can I tell if a bridal consultant is providing a quality
The consultant's reputation -- and future business -- depend on
the quality of the services, including vendors, you receive. A bridal
professional is committed to providing the best possible wedding
for the lowest possible cost. A satisfied bride is the consultant's
best advertisement. So, it is to their benefit to recommend the
best vendor for your budget.
How can a bridal consultant help?
With so many brides and their parents working, a bridal consultant
can handle much of the time-consuming, detailed planning for your
wedding. You save time, reduce stress and concentrate on having
fun as your wedding approaches. And, with experience dealing with
many weddings, a consultant can smooth all of those complex relationships
in a modern family.
Do I need a bridal consultant?
A consultant will be a distinct asset as you plan your wedding.
Wouldn't it be nice to spend time with your fiancé and your
families, rather than worrying about all the details of your special
day? A consultant will take care of the details, leaving you to
have fun. And, on your wedding day, you can shine as the star, while
your consultant works behind the scene to make it all happen!
(Source: Association of Bridal Consultants)