A wedding day is a very exceptional experience in anyone’s life. It is the day that most of us look forward to. It is one of the most important milestones in our life. That is why the planning of the event should be approached in the same manner. You’ve been dreaming about this day ever since you can remember, and now that it’s your turn to get married, you can’t wait to start the planning process and have fun with all your girlfriends - just like in the movies. But wedding planning isn’t all fun and games (better believe us and not find out the hard way) - there are a lot of decisions to be made and things to prepare for your big day. If you feel overwhelmed, then it is better that you consider hiring a professional wedding planner.
In the past, some couples could not understand and appreciate the work done by wedding planners because they did not know how difficult the job of a planner is and all the responsibilities that come along with it. Nowadays, weddings are getting bigger and more expensive, and are considered a very important and special celebration, wedding planners are more appreciated because couples now are more aware that planning a wedding is no simple feat.
Planning a wedding is very complex - it requires a considerable amount of training, an extensive knowledge of the wedding industry, broad connections of wedding vendors, and a lot of experience. A professional wedding planner with all of these qualities will ensure that your dream will become a reality. Having a person in your wedding planning team that can plan, organize, coordinate, and manage every element of your wedding, and advise you at all times, is really worth the money!
It is known that every couple is unique, having their own taste, preferences, and styles. This is why there are also different types of wedding planners. Finding the perfect wedding planner will certainly help you smoothen things out and grant you a perfect wedding day - leaving you with the most important task: enjoy and have fun on your big day.
If you are still reluctant in hiring a professional wedding planner, then we suggest that you go through the list below and know the reasons why you should hire one.
Wedding Planners Help You With Your Budget
If you are planning a wedding with a small budget - it would seem counterintuitive to hire a wedding planner because it would just add to the total cost, but it will actually save you money in the long run. Your wedding planner will work with you to save a lot of money on the small stuff that does not impact the overall image of the wedding.
A great planner will help you make the most of what you have. They can stretch your budget because they know what the most important elements are and help you avoid impulsively spending your money. While hiring a wedding planner may take a big chunk of your wedding budget, it’s an investment that will give you peace of mind - they will help you make decisions you won’t regret. You will definitely get your money’s worth. (1,2,4,5,6,7)
They Can Get You Discount On Some Wedding Vendors
The wedding industry is a very large industry, and a great wedding planner can refer to the perfect vendors for you. Their recommendations can save you a lot of hours of your time researching, energy, and money (1,3,4). As most of the vendors they would recommend are the ones they have worked with previously, they can even strike you some very good deals and discounts.
Planners Keep Your Wedding Planning Stress-Free
This is one of the biggest reasons why you should hire a wedding planner. The difference in the stress level of a bride who has a professional planner and one who doesn't is highly noticed. When it comes to the day of your wedding, the most important thing is that you are able to relax and enjoy it. You are the bride. You don't want to end up being the point person for issues and questions that will inevitably arise (1,2). Hiring a planner frees you and everyone you love to live in the moment on your wedding day. They will take out the burden of deciding about every detail of your wedding from you. Don’t worry you will still have the final say, you just won’t have to undergo the arduous process of interviewing vendors one by one. Your wedding vendors will be working with your wedding planner instead of going directly to you - this will make things more systematic and stress-free.
Wedding Planners Are Problem-Solvers
Wedding planning is a constant process of managing and solving problems. Your wedding planner does not only prevent all sorts of problems but they also anticipate and prevent these problems. Your wedding planner is usually the one that knows all the details of your wedding day, so they will know what to do if any situation arises - late vendors, late guests, last-minute changes, etc. Planners are professional problem solvers that will let you enjoy and have fun on your wedding day. They will provide honest opinions and advice, and full-time assistance. They will guide you every step of the wedding planning process(2,3).
Whether you are inviting 20 people or 200, wedding planning is still the same and it isn’t just about picking pretty flowers and centerpieces. A wedding planner takes on the role of the lead designer, legal counsel, accountant or budget manager, coordinator, and so much more - all the while keeping everything together (4). You can turn to your wedding planner to tick everything off your wedding checklist, from choosing the design to interviewing and reviewing vendors and their contracts. But of course, you would still need to make some big decisions such as choosing your wedding venue, wedding dress, and photographers and videographers. All of these make planners a very valuable asset for busy couples or couples who have no idea what to do in terms of approaching the wedding planning process and checklist with minimal stress. They already know about everything there is to know about weddings. Planners have been in the industry for years and are experts in the protocol, etiquette, and everything it takes to pull off an event of such magnitude. They are reliable and readily accessible sources of information. They're clued into everything there is to know about throwing a wedding, and all that comes along with such an emotionally packed celebration, so you'll be in good hands whether your issue is bouquets or overbearing in-laws. And they have a vast network of the top and professional wedding vendors in your local area, ensuring that you have the best group of experts to create a successful and happy wedding.
Can Act As A Mediator
A great wedding planner can serve as a mediator when you and your partner can’t arrive at the same decision. It is understandable that you might not agree with what the other is thinking - you can’t please everybody. It might be difficult to arrive at an understanding if there is no neutral position - and who are we kidding if we say that your in-laws can help you with this. A planner will be your safest bet as a neutral position and will point you in the right direction. And who knows, your wedding planner might even suggest something that you both haven’t thought about but is still pretty great.
They Will Help You Save A Lot of Time
If you are pressed for time, then there is no doubt that you need a wedding planner. Time is precious (2). They will do most of the heavy lifting and save you valuable time in searching for the perfect vendors - so you can focus on the most important decisions. The difficulties innate in wedding planning are mainly related to the amount of time you have to plan and implement the plans you made. There are so many small details and decisions that have to be done during the process of planning your wedding, and it’s these small decisions that will take up most of your time - you can let your planner make these decisions for you to save time but you still have the final say.
No matter how responsible and organized you are, you don’t want to be the one organizing vendor setup and tear-down on your wedding day. Think you can just pass this responsibility to your most trusted friend or family member and oversee the vendors? What you want is someone who is experienced in these kinds of matters, who knows design, who knows what you like and don’t like, someone who can tell your wedding vendors where and how to place the rental items, who is willing to show up hours earlier, who - rather than dance and drink the night away - is willing to sit quietly in the corner of the reception anticipating problems and how to solve them, and someone who is willing to stay long after everyone has gone home and manage the tear-down of your vendors’ setups (8). It’s not a job you can simply put any of your family members or close friends because they won’t be able to celebrate your wedding with you. Additionally, you need someone that has a specific skill set who can dish out last-minute decisions, rearrange seating arrangement at the eleventh hour, solve sudden problems, who can help you stick to the timeline and schedule, direct your wedding party, and more.
You Need Help in Creating A Timeline
If you are good with technology, you may have made something that resembles a timeline and you might think that you can use this knowledge to plan your own wedding. But do you really know how to create an accurate and wedding-specific timeline? Do you know which areas needed to be padded in order to ensure you don't run out of time for them? Do you know when your florist should be setting up versus when your tables should arrive versus when your photographer will show? Do you know that, typically, beauty services/getting ready are the number-one area where even seasoned pros can mess up the timeline? (8) Probably or probably not. But are you willing to gamble on your knowledge about wedding planning and timeline making on the chances of creating the perfect wedding? Better leave this part to the professionals.
They Will Make Your Dream A Reality
The right planner will help you make your dream wedding a reality - but only if you pick the right one. Think of your initial meeting like a first date - you want to make sure that you are one the same page, you get along, have the same vision, and make sure that they understand what you want for your wedding because you will be spending a lot of time over the next year or so. Be prepared with a few basic questions that you want to ask your planner on your initial meeting and listen to their responses carefully (1,4,5). Whether you're envisioning a formal ballroom affair or a rustic outdoor ceremony, the right planner will know all of the best venues and vendors to pull it off.