You’ve just got engaged. You are a Type A personality through and through. You’ve printed all the lists, diligently put your bridal binder together, read all of the books and you are ready to be wed. So- you don’t need a planner, right? Wrong! And I’ll tell you why.
Despite having dreaming about it since you were a little girl, having a wedding is not all fun and games. It is long, and hard work. And guess what? You aren’t getting paid. Opposite. You are spending money. Lots and lots of money. So naturally, you are going to want to stretch your budget as far as it can go. This leaves you with two options- Option one: spend hours upon hours on google searching your options. Meet with all the vendors to give you an estimate. Cry when given estimate is out of your budget. Look on google some more. Make spreadsheets with pros and cons. Make endless phone calls and negotiations. Go through each contract thoroughly to double check everything. Option two: hire a wedding planner. A coordinator will already have a list of vendors they use and trust who they can recommend to you. They will listen to what it is you are looking for- style and budget wise and find the perfect match for you.
Vendors will be more willing to work with you if you have a planner. They keep things more organized and make their jobs much easier. Plus they are more willing to negotiate prices if you use a planner as if the planner is impressed with their work, they will get more referrals from them. On a similar note, the vendors know that while working with an established coordinator, they will need to be on their a-game as if they mess up word will get around and that planner will no longer be able to recommend them.
During your planning process so many situations and questions will arise that you would probably never have thought would come up. For example- uninvited RSVP’s, invitation etiquette, space issues etc. It’s so very nice to have someone to turn to with these questions to get some answers, and more importantly- peace of mind. Just having someone to talk to about these things is very reassuring during the climactic parts of planning. Your fiance and girlfriends are probably tired of hearing all about it so it’s nice to have someone to turn to.
And the amount of stress and energy your planner will save you the day of the wedding is enough to hire her alone. Your planner will be up bright and early to coordinate vendors, set up your ceremony and reception areas, check in with your bridesmaids to make sure everything is running smoothly, keep the grooms and groomsmen on time and so much more. Sometimes things will crop up that would be very stressful to the bride on the day of, such as untimely vendors, items disappearing, someone not showing up. There is always a solution to these problems that aren’t that obvious to a bride in the height of pre-marital stress and jitters. But with a planner they will fix the issue without alarming you, and you most likely will never hear of the situation to begin with. Plus- they stay long after the party has ended to clean everything up, and they return rented items to vendors and take care of all those loose ends whilst you and your new hubby are honeymooning away
There you have it. Just a few of the many, many reasons you should consider hiring a wedding planner to help you with planning your big day. Most brides don’t realize the value of one until afterwards so don’t be that bride! Think ahead and keep your sanity in mind!