While we’re talking about words to watch out for . . .
Let’s take a moment and think about the word “And.”
Such a small, innocent looking word. When used, it usually means something positive. (You mean I get cake AND ice cream?)
However, sometimes there can be too much of a good thing – particularly when it comes to wedding planning and the services that are offered.
Think of it this way. You hire someone to provide a particular service (say a photographer or baker) because that is the area of their expertise. (Ok, I know there are also many more reasons than just this, but this reason is a biggie).
It’s when they start throwing in the “ands” that you can run into problems.
For example, I offer wedding planning/coordination. Do I offer wedding planning/coordination and wedding cakes? Um, no.
How about ‘and florals’? Nope.
What about ‘and rentals’? No, not that either.
Now I do offer assistance in finding the right baker, florist and rental company for you that fits your budget and unique style and can help in figuring out what you need, putting together your order, etc.
But my company does not provide those services.
My area of expertise is in wedding planning and coordination. The people/companies that I refer to provide your wedding cake, your flowers, and all the other items/services you will need for your wedding day are experts in their field. I can’t arrange flowers if my life depended on it. (But I can fix a boutonniere or make a simple toss bouquet in a pinch!) Also, I can bake a tasty cake, but it wouldn’t be pretty. Not to mention that I’m not licensed to be a home bakery.
Also, typically we’re only given a limited amount of time in which to provide these services (some venues only allow for a 2 hour window before the start of the event for set-up!). Until they legalize human cloning, there just isn’t time to be trying to provide 2 (or 3) different services at the same time.
What do you often get when you hire someone who isn’t experienced, or doesn’t really have enough time to get the job done right? A big mess.
Ok, some of you may be thinking, “well, you can hire extra help to get it all done.” True enough.
But . . . this goes back to our reason (that’s a biggie) for hiring someone. They’d just be an extra pair of hands, instead of being an expert in what they are doing. Or if they are an expert, why (as a conscientious wedding planner) didn’t I recommend that you hire them in the first place?
Of course, there are exceptions. Not everyone offers multiple types of services does so poorly.
But you need to be aware, and ask questions, so you know that what you are wanting, and what they are claiming are the same thing.
Yeah, it’s convenient to have easy access to something else that’s wanted or needed.
Then again, sometimes it’s better to go that extra mile to find that right piece.
This brings to mind the old adage, “Jack of All Trades, Master of None.”
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Hearts, Joy, Love!