By David Najor :: Friday, July 25, 2008 :: 31745 Views :: :: Business & Finance, Chaldean American Professionals
Michigan, USA - It goes without saying that the Chaldean community holds remarkable wedding events. Rich in Catholic tradition and Chaldean heritage these incredible events require a competent and experienced professional. The planning that goes into such affairs are overwhelming. Hiring an expert who has the right connections with the best vendors, has learned to become an ace negotiator to get you the best value or 'deal' for your money, and knows where to find all those unique and dazzling touches to transform your wedding into an absolute fantasy.
It was not so long ago that wedding consultants were thought of as a luxury to be used mainly by the wealthy and elite. Times have changed. According to Modern Bride Magazine, over 50% of all American couples who married in 1999 used the services of wedding consultants, also commonly referred to as wedding coordinators, bridal consultants, and wedding planners. In the Chaldean community that percentage is even higher and continues to rise.
In Michigan, one impressive Chaldean wedding expert continues to wow the community and critics alike. Weddings by Dalia, continues to win awards and is now in the finals for Michigan’s best of 2008. The firm placed 5th best in 2007 and now is poised to be the top rated.
The Chaldean community is showing their support by visiting the online voting booth and casting Weddings by Dalia as their best choice for Wedding and event consultation. On the site supporters like Nuha Roumayah, Sarah Eskander, Melody Kouza, Vonica Abouna, Jennifer Shunyia, Merfit Yaldo, and Joe Bahri applaud her amazing work, creativity, organization, and insight.
Nuha Roumayah comments, “Dalia helped make my wedding so special and memorable! My wedding was well organized and beautiful because of her! She is the BEST! She is not only sweet and caring but also a perfectionist! She is very professional and she takes her job very seriously! She will make your event look beautiful and special!”
Those who have hired Weddings by Dalia are amazed at her work. One commentator writes that she knows the tips and tricks to avoid trouble - but she also knows how to trouble-shoot when the need does arise. She knows what needs to be done when, and she knows the "whos" and "hows" to make it all happen. She's an organized, people person with a penchant for detail and a superb sense of style. She was my advocate, adviser, counselor, and buddy, all rolled into one. I simply loved her.
Sarah Eskander writes, “Wonderful to work with, she knows what the customer wants and she delivers, honest, the vendors love her and they deliver a great job too. I wish her the best.”
Ask anyone who has been involved in planning a wedding and they'll quickly tell you that the process is beyond a full time job. “So much to do, so much to learn - and so little time to do it all!” says Margret Mezzi, a recent bride. “Few brides-to-be are experienced in orchestrating an event as large and important as a wedding. There are endless details to arrange, many logistics to organize, large numbers of vendors and service providers to hire, schedules, time-lines and budgets to manage. It is so stressful. You break-out, fights happen, you are so tired, it becomes a nightmare. There are so many things that can easily be overlooked and go wrong that ruin the most important day in your life thus far.”
The reality is that few Chaldean couples have the level of time in their schedules required to successfully plan, manage, and execute such an event effectively; unfortunately, however, many couples don't realize or acknowledge this until it is too late, when parts of their wedding dream have already disintegrated into disappointment.
In a recent survey conducted by Bridal Magazin and the International Institute of Weddings, 72% of recently married brides who did not use a wedding coordinator for their weddings said that based on their experience, if they could do it over again, they would indeed hire a wedding coordinator to assist with the planning process, or at least to be on hand to supervise the wedding day itself. And 49% reported that if they could only change only one thing about the entire wedding, this would be the thing they would do differently!
Many brides and grooms run themselves ragged in the months leading up to the wedding. Equal numbers of couples tell tales of a wedding day that went by in a blur because there was still so much for them to attend to and worry about that they had little time to relax and enjoy the moment. The wedding coordinator can help alleviate these situations by being on hand to take care of time consuming tasks and trouble shoot for you when required, making it all so much easier and more enjoyable for you.
Chaldean couples today will find that fees for coordinators/consultants are surprisingly affordable. Often the money a consultant can save a couple due to their connections and a contact in the industry - and through their expertise and knowledge of the “tricks of the trade” - far surpasses the cost of the service.
As a result, the bride and groom experience much less stress, have more time to enjoy the months leading up to the wedding, less worry and work on the day itself, and are often able to avoid costly, miserable mistakes -- all while saving money.
Consultants like Weddings by Dalia even specialize in weddings for budget-brides, helping them to not only stay within budget (which can often be difficult to do), but to trim costs through savvy little known tricks along the way.
Recently, CNN reported that with the growing trend towards using wedding coordinators, it is predicted that within 5 years the professional wedding consultant will be considered a standard service provider at every wedding.
Most consultants offer couples a free initial consultation so the bride and groom can learn how the consultant can make their wedding better, and then decide whether hiring a consultant is right for them. Sitting down with a wedding planner for a free consultation is the best way to learn of the many benefits to be had in using his or her services.
Those who hired Weddings by Dalia say that couples can choose from a wide range of service levels. They can do as much, or as little, as the couple would like. A bride and groom may choose to hire a wedding consultant simply for one 'planning power session', to get their wedding plans off to an amazing start; or they may hire the consultant to oversee the planning from start to finish. Another option offered, is that couples, at the very least hire Weddings by Dalia to coordinate on the wedding day itself, so that nothing is left to chance when the biggest day of their life finally arrives.
Jennifer Shunyia agrees. “Dalia is very conscientious, efficient and courteous. I certainly believe she has what it takes to make your wedding a wonderful, memorable and stress-free day. Whether it is “day of” or a more comprehensive package, I strongly recommend Dalia Atisha and Weddings by Dalia for any or all of your wedding planning needs,” says Shuniyia.
With all of the costs involved in producing a wedding in the first place, the fee for on site services of a coordinator on the big day is a small price to pay to ensure that, when the crunch comes down, everything unfolds as it should, just as you planned.
Mezzi says, "After all, you only get one shot at the biggest day of your life.. only one chance to make it amazing... why gamble with disappointment? That, the firm's amazing work, and the fact that Weddings by Dalia is Chaldean owned and operated is why we encourage every Chaldean to get as many people they know to vote for Dalia. It is good for our community and will help support and highlight one of the Chaldean community’s best. Every Chaldean who supports our community should visit Michigan’s City Voter and vote for Weddings by Dalia."