The question has been popped, you have a sparkly new addition on your left hand, and your mind is a flurry of excitement and decisions yet to be made. Being the go-getter that you are, you create a planning notebook, get vendor recommendations from recently married friends, and start making your first few inquiries. You’ve got this, right?! And then the swarm of questions start hitting you from every angle, you have another full time job that is not wedding planning to stay on top of, and things start piling up. Slowly but surely, stress starts to slip into the flirty fun process of planning your wedding and suddenly this endeavor doesn’t seem so easy anymore. That’s where I can help! If you find yourself in this position or are contemplating whether or not you need a wedding planner, here are my top reasons to hire one (now).
1. Streamline your ideas
While ideas are not something you’re short on (have you seen your Pinterest page?!), making sense of them and turning them into reality can be a challenge. One of the greatest things a wedding planner can do is help you sift through your thoughts, identify priorities, and establish order that will lead to the cohesive look you’re after. It is the job of a wedding planner to listen, decipher, and assist you design. Not only do we hear your wishes and desires, your thoughts are often incredible springboards for greater ideas better than you ever imagined…and who doesn’t want that?
2. Keep you on track
Now that you have a direction, who is helping you stay on track? You have decisions to make, deadlines to meet, and a budget to stick to. So you decided to splurge and add some brass to your band (always a great choice!), that means some shifting needs to take place within the budget so you don’t go over. I always tell my clients that I am their greatest advocate for sticking to their budget and will be the first to point out any time we are faced with a decision to stretch the limits. I weigh pros and cons and advise on what decisions are worth it and which will go unnoticed if you don’t go the extra mile. Your decisions need to be impactful (and timely) so that you achieve the greatest bang for your buck and don’t waste unnecessary funds on rush fees or late penalties.
3. Eliminate the pressure
Weddings and the pressure that inevitably comes along with them tend to bring out the best, and sadly sometimes the worst, in those involved. Maybe you never knew that your fiancé has this thing about sweating and refuses to have any aspect of the wedding outside, or your future in-laws insist on inviting every third cousin and their children, or better yet, your mother tells you this is her day and you can plan your wedding when you have a daughter? Ahh! So much emotion swirling about the biggest day of your life and suddenly you feel like everything is teetering on thin ice. In steps your wedding planner… Let your wedding planner serve as a mediator to ensure that everyone’s wishes are heard and a solution is found that makes everyone happy. Remove yourself from the equation and any potential stress. Enjoying your engagement and not losing site of why you are planning your wedding is my number one goal – that and allowing you and your family to feel like guests at your own occasion. No one has time for stress. Save yourself the headache, protect your relationships, and hire a wedding planner! (Read my post “Enjoying your Engagement” for more encouragement!)
4. Vendor connections
You have tons of friends who will hook you up with all the vendors you need, right? Wrong! This is quite possibly one of the most undervalued reasons to hire a wedding planner! Maybe your friends had very different budgets than you, had other priorities, and opposite tastes? While vendors can be versatile to meet everyone’s needs, wedding planners can place you with vendors who are a perfect fit and not someone who is adjusting their usual practices to make it work for you. You wouldn’t see a plastic surgeon who specializes in facelifts to get a nose job, would you? So why go with a wedding vendor who does not specialize in the style of photography or floral design that you are after? A wedding planner will help identify which vendors make the most sense for your vision and your budget. Utilize our well-established, veteran vendor relationships to your advantage!
5. They make it happen!
There’s paperwork, confirmations, invitation assembly, welcome gift delivery, set up, breakdown, orchestration of vendors, troubleshooting, execution, and much much more behind the scenes activity. At the end of the day, do you want to be the one juggling the 50+ hats that a wedding planner wears throughout your engagement but, most importantly, on your wedding day? When you are reading a heartfelt note from your groom, do you really want to be the point of contact for the band that’s calling to let you know they’ve broken down on the side of the road or for the hair stylist who is trying to call in sick? Leave the interruptions and problem solving up to your wedding planner. If there’s a glitch, it can be handled without ever having to worry you. A wedding planner makes your life easier as well as those of all vendors involved. If you had to identify one reason to hire a wedding planner, this is it!
While I could go on and on with more reasons to enlist the professional help of a wedding planner, I leave you with this: this is a once-in-a-lifetime event and you deserve the best. A wedding planner will ensure that you have the wedding experience you’ve always dreamt of and leave you with memories to cherish for the rest of your life.
Recently engaged or know someone who is? Pass this post along and send them my way! My team and I are ready to assist near and far, where ever your dream wedding may be.
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