When it comes to brides and planning their wedding, they range from "I've had my wedding planned since I was 12 years old" to "I have no idea where to even start let alone finish". And guess what? I was the bride who thought "Ehh, I don't need a planner. I've been planning events my whole life, I can do this all on my own and it'll be perfect." Boy was I wrong. I didn't realize how much time, stress and experience it took to plan a wedding but I'm glad I ended up hiring some help. Whether you need help from start to finish or simply need someone to take charge for the last couple of weeks, you should ABSOLUTELY consider a wedding planner. Now, I know for some brides it may seem like an unnecessary expense but trust me, you'd be surprised at how much they can save you on time, stress and your hard earned cash. So "Should You Hire A Wedding Planner?" ... the answer is HECK YEA! Sooooo keep reading to find out why!
SAVE YOU MONEY
A wedding planner knows many vendors in your market and has already established great relationships with them. When it comes to choosing the perfect vendors for your wedding, your experienced planner will be able to recommend the best ones to fit your budget and may even be able to negotiate prices and save you some cash upfront. A wedding planner is also there to keep you from making costly mistakes like choosing florals that are out of season or inviting too many guests or not keeping up with budget! Yikes! That would be a nightmare.
When it comes to the wedding budget, a planner knows how to allocate your funds correctly and helps you stay on target. Let's say your venue, dress and entertainment are most important to you ... well, he/she would then help you cut back on catering, flowers and cake by suggesting alternative options you'll LOVE while keeping you within your budget.
A wedding planner becomes the "go to" person the moment you've signed a contract. Not only will they review all vendor contracts and serve as a liaison between you two but come wedding day, a planner handles everything from checking in vendors to make sure they delivered the correct items, seeing that everyone is in place and of course ironing out any last minute hiccups that may arise. This gives you total freedom to enjoy the day without any interruptions while celebrating with your loved ones. Doesn't that sound AMAZING?! A planner will also serve as a tie breaker/mediator when decision making gets a little heated. My favorite is when you've got mom attempting to take over and plan her 1980s "dream wedding". Oh gosh ... how annoying, right?!
Now let me ask you this, how many times have you been given the "side eye" by your fiancé, co-workers and bridesmaids for talking about the wedding every-single-day? Well of course not every day, they must be exaggerating right? Haha, I know the feeling, I was guilty too! It gets old but when you're a bride theres nothing more exciting then getting to talk about your wedding and how nicely everything is coming along. A planner is the perfect person to talk to. I mean this is what we LOVE doing! But on the other hand, when things start getting a bit overwhelming and you feel like planning is taking over your life, step back and relax. Enjoy your life! This is such an amazing journey and you should have the freedom to spend quality time with your fiancé and friends without having to think about "wedding stuff" 24/7. So please, let your wedding planner handle things for a while. They've got you covered!
BRING YOUR VISION TO LIFE
Yes, bringing it all together is what a planner actually lives for ... to finally see everything come to life after months of planning. It's definitely one of the best feelings in the world to have a bride thank you for your amazing execution. But in order for that to happen, it takes some heavy behind-the-scenes work. Your wedding planner will create a detailed "Wedding Day Itinerary" and send it out to all of your vendors letting them know where to be, when to be there and what they will be doing at all times. He/she will manage that timeline and make sure everything is running smoothly and on time. Your planner will also be there to setup all of your wedding items and oversee the setup of tables, chairs, flowers, cake, etc. to make sure it looks exactly the way you envisioned. And again, instead of having your mom or maid of honor running around all day, having a wedding planner there will give them the opportunity to relax and enjoy that special day too!