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    Do You Need a Certified Wedding Planner?

    WeddingPlanner02By Frederick Sullivan and Jaime Botello

    Yes, my friends, you need a certified wedding planner, you deserve a wedding planner, and you should have a wedding planner! Every engaged couple needs a wedding planner. Planning a wedding can be inherently stressful, and no one should have to suffer through any additional worries.

    Before getting into any of the details, let’s talk about something: wedding planners aren’t just for daddy’s little girls, movie stars, and debutantes (no offense to any of those) anymore. Forget what you see in the movies and on television. That’s not real life. You planning your wedding and wanting to just elope because it’s so stressful? That is real life! And you can do something about it. Planners really aren’t that expensive in the grand scheme of things, and if you find the right ones, they are worth every penny.

    Oh, and one more thing—with how hard you are working in your fabulous job that I know you have, why on earth would you want to add another full-time job to your workload? There is a reason that wedding planners exist. Wedding planning takes a lot of time, so why not leave it to someone who knows what they are doing, and whose job it already is?


    We know the biggest thing that it comes down to when deciding whether or not you need a planner is money. Yep, everyone is on a budget; we know that. But the thing is, a planner might not be as much as you think they are. Sure, there are some planners who charge a lot, but there are also some who don’t charge as much.

    Just remember you pay for what you get. Certified wedding planners (C.W.P.) are well worth the money spent, but always ask your planner if they are a C.W.P. You have lots and lots of options out there when it comes to planners. It therefore won’t hurt anything to look around and inquire with planners about what their packages and costs are.

    You can have a wedding planner. You need a wedding planner. You have every right to enjoy an amazing, stress-free wedding, and so, yes, you deserve a wedding planner!

    1-PHOTO Fred and Jaime (1)Frederick Sullivan and Jaime Botello, who oversee the Weddings & Occasions page for the San Francisco Bay Times, are the talented wizards behind Sullivan-Botello Events ( and SnB Party Rentals (650 -877 – 0840 , Both are Certified Wedding Planners with extensive experience in creating memorable, personalized events for special occasions. Their rental service is incredible, offering everything from beautiful gold Chiavari chairs to LED dance floors, and all at competitive prices. They are the creators of the Gay Vanity Wedding Show and are longstanding members of the Golden Gate Business Association, which is the nation’s first LGBT Chamber of Commerce.