My post today is more of a vent. I feel I need to justify my job and my fee structure, as there seems to be a reason why brides want me to work for free. Why is that?! Yes, there is always someone out there willing to do it for less- have you checked her credentials? What does she bring to the table? How many weddings has she done- besides her own? What is her background? How involved is she before the wedding? Is that in house coordinator going to listen to your meltdown the week before the wedding or field the phone calls from the vendors with questions or figure out how to save you money on your favors? Is that Knottie bride who took the on line course going to know how to alter the bridesmaid dress that was never picked up until the day bafore the wedding or come with you to all of your fittings- and actually know if your dress is being altered properly? Do you barter with your doctor, your plumber? Or, do you trust that you are getting quality service at a fair price? The old adage "you get what you pay for" is true. And, with me, you get much more than you pay for without compromising your vision or your sanity. Shop around. Go to the professional planners and ask about their fees and what they include. Ask about the hourly charges and the extras. Then call me. Let me show you the many letters I have from brides, family members and vendors. You won't find anyone more commited or more passionate about what they do- or about your wedding. Paying a GOOD planner is one of the smartest investments you can make in your special day. Don't pass this one up for an "also ran". I won't let you down and you won't feel like it was wasted money. Each one of my brides is like my own daughter. And, this is my profession. I don't do this on the side because it is fun. I welcome your feedback.