After 11 years in the wedding industry, I've just about heard all the excuses of why a couple doesn't want or "need" to hire a wedding planner...
"What's the point? We don't need a planner! What do they even do?"
"We can't afford a planner."
"My friend said they could help me for free!"
"I'm very organized, I can handle this on my own"
"We respect what planners do, but the only reason we are hiring one is because our venue requires it..."
and so on...
So, why should you hire a wedding planner?
Because we are the superheroes of the wedding industry! ;)
In all seriousness, hiring a wedding planner will save you so much time and money.
As planners, we help you take all of your ideas and turn them into one cohesive, personalized and memorable event that truly represents you as a couple. We have the skills and contacts necessary to make your day come together seamlessly.
The average wedding takes couples 200+ hours to plan. Let the professional handle the details so you can focus on your already busy life! We help you schedule meetings with vendors (or even attend the meetings for you!), pick out linens and invitations, and take care of the other tasks that you just don't have time for. We know exactly where to go to get the services and products that you want, which will cut down on the time you spend searching for what you like.
Another perk is that we have various close relationships with local vendors and will be able to easily guide you with experience and knowledge. A wedding planner who knows your style and your ideal vision for your big day can keep that in mind any time a choice must be made during the process. While others may have ideas, planners can provide unbiased, educated and creative feedback you won't receive from anyone else.
Hire a planner who has great vendor relationships and can negotiate a deal that works within your target budget! Any wedding can quickly get out of hand from a budget-perspective if not handled properly. A wedding planner who knows your limits can prepare you for how much certain vendors, designs and more will cost -- before you spend a cent. By understanding what's important to you, a wedding planner can also help you determine what items can be cut from the budget so you can afford to get what you want. Because most wedding planners have special relationships with vendors, they won't just get you the best deal in town -- they'll also help you rest easy knowing you're working with reliable companies. If you can't afford to hire a planner to help you during the entire process, it's acceptable to bring one in halfway through your planning period or even just on your wedding day which is typically considered "Final Details Coordination". This way, you can still benefit from the services of a wedding planner without the total expense.
Relieve your family:
You really don’t want mom to have to coordinate all of your wedding day details. We are there to direct vendors, put out “fires” and make sure your day flows smoothly and as planned. Do not put the burden of wedding coordination on an unexperienced friend or family member. No need to have a pair of your cousins scurry around setting things up on the morning-of, or asking a handful of guests to handle important last-minute tasks. Hire a pro so your loved ones can enjoy your special day, too! Let your coordinator design the tables, speak with vendors as they arrive, keep track of the timeline, and go above and beyond to allow you both to enjoy the day fully.
A wedding planner will help you keep a timeline, stick to your budget and do the heavy-lifting so you can spend your time at hair and makeup trials or clinking champagne glasses at wedding showers. Especially on the actual wedding day, it's convenient to have someone on hand to fix any issues that come up (and there are bound to be a few!). You shouldn't have to worry about sewing a button on the groom's tux or finding your grandmother's corsage -- you should be having the time of your life!
Ideas and Inspiration:
Sometimes you may find it hard to come up with fun and unique style or theme ideas. Wedding designers are available to help you fine-tune an aesthetic that speaks to your love and your personalities, all while looking beautiful on camera and providing your guests with a great experience. Talking with a professional wedding planner can help with brainstorming and finding clarity. Just be willing to start with an open mind and finish with a confidence so strong you won't be second guessing anything!