I talked with Mike, a self-employed wedding planner, and watched him organize a wedding ceremony. Basically wedding planners give advice to couples on venues, catering, scheduling, and even clothing. Of course Mike said that is usually the easiest part of his job, handling problems and dealing with issues during the actually wedding day is incredibly stressful. From simple requests of a water bottle to accidental stains on the wedding dress, Mike is responsible for providing a solution to any problem that comes to him.
During the wedding rehearsal that I watched Mike really showed why he is a good wedding planner. There were probably around 25 people marching in the ceremony and it ranged from grandparents to kids 3 or 4 years old. He had to organize everybody into a specific order, instruct them what to do and when to do it, all while everybody is excited for the wedding and pretty restless to stand in line. He was very good at organizing everyone and seemed to have a special knack for names, after just a few minutes I think he memorized all 25 names. I was impressed. After getting everybody in line and showing them how to march down the aisle, Mike took the bridesmaids and groomsmen and showed them where and how to stand. He was very specific and he made it look like a science. Mike was very pro. After that and lecturing everybody on things not to do (like having cell phones on, duh) that was pretty well it and then while everybody relaxed he ran around the venue to make sure everything was setup okay and ready to go. It looked incredibly stressful and frustrating and is definitely something I would not want to do.