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Planning a Jewish wedding can be a daunting task. The details can become overwhelming if, in addition to planning your wedding, you are working full-time or going to school.

Hiring a wedding event planner can reduce stress and anxiety and help you plan the wedding of your dreams.

The wedding consultant you hire should have extensive contacts in your area with hotels, caterers, florists, wedding photographers, dress designers, cake designers and musicians. He/she should have experience successfully planning wedding events similar in size and scope to the wedding you are planning.

If you will be having a kosher reception, make sure the wedding consultant you hire is knowledgeable about your dietary requirements and can provide a list of kosher caterers. He/she should also be able to provide you with a selection of kosher wines.

To find a qualified wedding planner ask couples that were recently married, hotel managers, bridal shop owners and family or friends. Meet with several wedding planners before selecting one. During your initial consultation, get a list of references and be prepared to discuss how you envision your Jewish wedding and reception.

If you feel the planner is pressuring you, into a certain type or style of celebration or they want you to work with their contacts only, find someone else. Additionally, if you do not believe he/she understands and respects your religion and the kosher diet you want to provide, during your Jewish wedding ceremony and reception, find someone else.

Discuss their fee schedule. Some professional wedding planners work for a flat fee, some bill at an hourly rate, while others charge a percentage of your total wedding cost. Before signing a contract -get everything in writing!

Once you've selected a Jewish wedding planner be sure to stay in frequent contact. Keep detailed notes of all decisions made, monies spent and changes to any plans you've previously agreed upon.

Wedding planners are expensive, but if they have contacts and understand the industry they should be able to save you time and money.

If you can not afford a Jewish wedding planner, guidance and advice is still available. Bridal shop managers, hotel managers country club managers and caterers can all provide assistance.

Jewish Wedding Planner, 2007