The Truth about Wedding Planners, with Shannon Kennedy of Kennedy Event Planning

Brides, let me tell you a little secret. Hiring a wedding planner isn’t a luxury expense for couples with big budgets – they will SAVE you money!

Yes, you heard me right. Changing the misconception that wedding planners are meant for couples with big budgets is one of the major challenges the industry faces, and I want to help. First, wedding planners will help develop your budget, or if you already have a budget they will help you stick to it. Most couples end up spending far more than they expected on their wedding when they do it on their own. Wedding planners can give you realistic expectations for the cost of your wedding, and will often find you amazing discounts from vendors because of their connections in the wedding industry. And no, they don’t cost a fortune. Little known fact: most wedding planners’ fees are based on a percentage of your budget (ex. 10%). That amount is typically paid over the span of months, so it is much easier to manage. Did I mention that having a wedding planner at your wedding takes a huge load off your shoulders (and not to mention your family)? You don’t want your family to be burdened with dealing with vendor contracts or timeline issues. If your main concern is having someone take the lead on your wedding day, most planners have a “Day Of” option to assist couples that have already planned their wedding but need an extra hand on the day of.  Your wedding planner will be your best friend, keeping everyone happy and on track.

Satin & Snowflakes is very pleased to be featuring our favorite wedding planner in the city, Shannon Kennedy of Kennedy Event Planning (on the right next to one of her beautiful designs for an Ottawa wedding show). I’ve already featured a wedding that she planned here, and can’t wait to share with you what she has in store for 2012.

Tell us about yourself and your company.

Based in Ottawa Ontario, Kennedy Event Planning offers only the highest level of creative and personal wedding planning services as well as referrals to spectacular and reliable vendors in the industry. Our primary goal is to exceed our clients’ expectations while offering support through your wedding planning process with innovative concepts and flawless execution. Couples who select Kennedy Event Planning as their wedding planner are fun, stylish, modern romantics. They are seeking a professional that will guide and assist them throughout the planning process, helping to reflect their elegant and glamorous personal style for their wedding.

Personally, I love great food, movies, books and to travel. I have two pugs and a cat. Chocolate is my favourite go-to snack. I cannot start my day without a latte, and I love sleeping in on Sunday mornings! I am a self-proclaimed romance junky with a warm (and sometimes dorky) sense of humour. I have a true desire and commitment to work with people, plan extraordinary events and unique and beautiful weddings. I enjoy developing relationships with my clients, giving them a sense of comfort, trust, and confidence in my ability – all while having a great time!

Professionally, I am calm, confident, and offer a reassuring presence to my clients on their wedding day. I have a strong passion and talent for special event and wedding planning. My professional experience in the industry began working for a well known wedding planning firm and then lead to a top event management position at a high-end restaurant and special event facility. The knowledge and experience gained in my five years of planning, has allowed me to develop a deep understanding of the industry and foster priceless relationships with amazing local vendors. Kennedy Event Planning offers me the opportunity to use my creativity to its fullest potential and the ability to give my clients a memorable experience.

Why hire a wedding planner?

Hiring a professional wedding planner is a crucial component to a successful wedding. By hiring Kennedy Event Planning, couples will save time, money and unnecessary stress. We work with our client and help to take care of the planning, preparation and coordination of their wedding; allowing them to enjoy their engagement and wedding process. As a full-service event consultancy, we are with our every step of the way!

Tell us about your style.

My style is best described as modern romantic. I love beautiful, elegant, vintage, whimsical, and old world influences. I am drawn to classic beauty with hints of French country and soft colours.

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  7. Most my friends think it cost too much to hire a wedding planner, but like your blog states, hiring a planner can save you money. They can save time and they have many more creative ideas to keep wedding within budget.

    Great Blog!

    Good luck Shannon Kennedy.

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