Being a wedding planner myself, of course I am a bit biased. But the truth is that hiring a wedding planner might be one of the best decisions you make throughout your wedding planning process. Here are my top 10 reason to hire a wedding coordinator.
1. Wedding Advice.
With the hundreds of different linen options, flower choices and vendors, it can be overwhelming. A good wedding planner will be able to help you narrow down the options and make sure all of your design choices are cohesive and will work together well on your wedding day.
2. To Keep You on Track.
There is a lot that goes into wedding planning. A lot more than people think. A wedding planner will help you to break up the “to do” list month by month, so the process doesn’t feel overwhelming. We will also make sure that each month, everything is checked off of that “to do” list, so that it all doesn’t fall onto your plate a month before the wedding. The key to keeping the planning stress-free, is doing it little by little.
3. We Act As Your Mediator.
I was in a meeting with one of my couples recently and they said, “you should be a marriage counselor”. I thought it was a funny comment, but the more I thought about it, we are constantly mediating. Every couple will have differencing opinions on certain wedding details, and planners can lay out all of the information and help to find that middle ground that satisfies everyone.
4. Stay on Budget.
Weddings are expensive. Especially for couples who haven’t planned a wedding before, it’s really tough to know what a fair price is for a DJ, for example. Having an experienced wedding planner create a budget for you can really help you to navigate through all of the different costs of a wedding. And most importantly, your planner will make sure that you don’t go over-budget – which can easily be done if you’re not organized and aware of what needs to be included in the initial budget. There are many little things that most people won’t think of when they are putting together their own budget, which in the end, will result in them spending much more than anticipated.
5. Hiring Vendors That You Can Trust.
Wedding planners have relationships with many different florists, photographers, caterers, pastry chefs, musicians etc. With the thousands of choices out there, it can be hard to weed through through them and figure out who is professional, reliable and experienced. Wedding planners will recommend vendors whom they have successfully worked with in the past to ensure their ability to produce the wedding you have been dreaming of.
6. It Allows You to Enjoy Your Wedding Day.
Planners act as your “go to” person on the day of the wedding. The average wedding has 20 vendors. This means that there are 20 vendors that need direction, as well as the wedding party and family members with dozens of questions. Having a planner allows you say “talk to my planner” and for you to enjoy the day without having to worry about all of the logistic of a wedding.
7. It Saves You Time.
A couple spends on average about 200 hours planning a wedding. That would be 5 weeks if you worked full time on your wedding plans. Not everyone has the luxury to spend this much time planning. A full service wedding planner will research different vendors, pricing and availability for you. They will also handle all communications with your vendors so you are not stuck answering dozens of wedding e-mails every week.
8. Problem Solving.
Things go wrong at weddings. They just do. No matter how well planned a wedding is, there are always unexpected things that come up. Having a wedding planner to deal with these issues and ensure your perfect day is priceless.
9. It Makes Planning Fun!
They say that two of the most stressful things you can do in your life is plan a wedding and move. I know that the first time I hired professional movers, I wondered why I had never done it before. I suppose I was trying to save money, but after I experienced it first hand, I knew it was worth every penny. Wedding planning can be very stressful and having a planner takes the stress away and makes the process fun. After all, throwing the biggest event of your life should be a joyous experience that you look back on fondly!
10. It Saves Money.
That’s right. Hiring a wedding planner can actually save you money. Because of our relationships with vendors, we are often able to get you discounts off of listed rates. Vendors know that we will bring them repeat business and because we are experienced, they won’t have to spend hours answering our questions!