For most couples, their wedding day will probably be the most expensive day of their life. So you may want to consider some guidance when spending that much money. You consult with an expert for advice when buying a house or going on a unique vacation. So why not consult with an expert when you are planning such an important day?
Christine Boulton wrote a great blog called "Do You Need a Wedding Planner? Would You Remodel Your Home Without a General Contractor?" Christine made some excellent points for hiring a wedding planner when you are talking about one of the most important days in your life and paying so much money. Hiring a wedding planner might seem like an extravagant extra, but it could be the best investment you make.
Many couples never even consider hiring a wedding planner. They may think that this is one area where they may be able to save money. The couple does not realize that having outside help can save them time, aggravation, and possibly money in the long run.
If you are trying to decide if you need to hire a wedding planner, the following checklist may be helpful:
You are behind on your wedding checklist or schedule.
You work full time, which will prevent your planning time and from finding quality vendors.
You do not have any outside help that is available for you to call on.
You are not sure who the best vendors are in your area.
You have a destination wedding.
There are some personality conflicts or differences in opinions between the couple, parents, and others.
You are excited to be engaged, but thinking of all the planning involved fills you with dread.
You have a very short engagement.
You can envision your wedding but have no idea where to begin to make it a reality.
You cannot envision your wedding.
You are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and worried about the planning process and being able to make everything come together.
Even after reading and hearing excellent advice from others, you still wish you had someone to give you personal information and leadership.
If you have checked off one or more of the above, you should at least investigate hiring a wedding planner.
Coordinates the Day
I believe couples are hesitant to spend money on a wedding planner, especially if they are working with a fixed budget. Other vendors that are selected for a wedding have tangible items to offer; florist...the flowers, DJ...the music, caterer...the food, photographer...the pictures. Visible things are not what wedding planners provide. Wedding planners will pull the vendors, wedding party, guests, officiant, caterer, musicians, and others all together to secure the day runs seamlessly by using a comprehensive wedding day schedule, vendor contact list, and a complete timeline for the ceremony and reception. They keep everything on schedule and making sure everything flows without any obstacles.
Eases Your Stress
Wedding Planners are there to keep the stress away from the couple and their families so they will be able to enjoy their special day. They are in the background taking care of all the details...big and small, making sure the couple's wishes are being met, handling any unexpected situations. Any stress will be kept away from the couple and their family if at all possible so they could enjoy their wedding day. When It's Your Party! Events & Weddings has had situations arise on the wedding day; usually, no one even realizes that there was a problem. I compare a wedding planner to a duck...always calm and unruffled on the surface but paddling like the devil underneath!
Offers Professional Advice
A wedding planner should be the first vendor you hire to assist and offer professional advice with the navigation of your planning demands.
A professional planner is not going to push their views on the couple. They will carry out and support the opinions that the couple has for their wedding day. A professional planner will understand the ideas and find out precisely what they have envisioned for their wedding day.
A planner will put the couple's wishes first and at the same time, share ideas of elements that have worked in the past. A professional planner will share information about things that will work and will not work from past experience. But in the end, the final decision will be left up to the couple.
Referrals for Vendors and Venues
Experienced wedding planners work with some incredible vendors and venue owners. As such, a wedding planner will assist you in finding the most qualified vendors for your wedding day. A wedding planner will know the right questions to ask and help you decide who is the most suitable for your wedding. It's Your Party has worked with couples for up to a year before their wedding day. We have also planned a wedding in a matter of weeks....5 to be exact! We were able to pull together vendors, rentals, decor, etc. for the rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and wedding reception. It turned out to be one of our favorite weddings. This was all done with a couple who lived in another state.
Someone to Answer Your Questions
As you are planning your wedding, you will have many questions concerning your wedding, and it is wonderful having a wedding professional who can answer them. A wedding planner is also there to relieve your stress and answer your questions and concerns. An unexpected situation may come up before the wedding or on the wedding day itself that could turn into a disaster. A wedding planner can give you answers to your questions from their many years of experience. This will make the planning process the couple more enjoyable. Any stress will be kept away from the couple and their family if at all possible so they could enjoy their wedding day.
For one of the most important days of your life, do you really want to leave it to chance instead of hiring a wedding professional who has helped to plan many weddings? Remember to keep in mind because of the connections and experience of wedding planners, they will help to make the planning process more manageable and avoid some common mistakes. Therefore, hiring a wedding planner may be the most cost-effective move in the end.