The big day is coming soon, congratulations!
But before it gets here, you have 4,437 things to check off your to-do list. There are vendors to hire, cakes to taste, flowers to smell, and dresses to try on.
One of the first (and perhaps most important) decisions to make is whether or not to hire a wedding planner. Let’s look at the benefits of hiring a wedding planner to help you decide.
Less Stress and The Benefits of Hiring A Wedding Planner
Did you know that 71% of engaged or newlywed couples thought that planning their wedding was more stressful than other major life events, such as looking for a job?
It totally makes sense. Couples are faced with the regular stressors of life — bills, job stress, family squabbles, etc. Plus, there is the excitement and nervousness that comes with taking such a huge step that will change the course of your life forever.
On top of all that, there’s wedding planning.
If you’ve ever planned a birthday party, you have a smidge of an idea of how much work is involved in planning a wedding.
When you hire a wedding planner, you get to hand the bulk of that responsibility and stress over to someone else. Whew!
Budgeting and Scheduling Advice
Do you know much time it takes to prepare a wedding dress before the big day? How about the lead times needed by the florist, the baker, or the photographer?
Did you know there can be surcharges for having to rush order items? Plus, many couples overspend on services like catering because they don’t have a good understanding of how much they actually need.
The average person isn’t involved in planning many weddings. It’s completely normal that they wouldn’t know the answers to these scheduling and budgeting questions.
As a result, they get behind, which may cost them extra. Furthermore, many couples overspend on their weddings simply because they don’t know how to handle the budget.
An experienced wedding planner knows the answers to these questions and more. They will keep you on track, remind you of important dates, and offer accurate advice to keep you on budget.
You’ll Have an Impartial Sounding Board
Your mom, your best friend, and your sister are all great sounding boards during the wedding planning process. They are so excited for you and, most of the time, they get so much joy out of being a part of the process.
Unfortunately, sometimes emotions get in the way. Everybody has their own opinion and some folks get a little upset when you don’t agree with theirs.
Many people find it easier to bounce their ideas off of an impartial third party. It’s less intimidating with a stranger than with family and friends.
A wedding planner is that completely impartial third party. Their only goal is to make sure that you get the wedding of your dreams while sticking to your budget. They will offer advice, and sometimes they might even disagree with you, but only when it’s in your best interest — not theirs.
Plus, for some reason, we’re all a little better at taking the same advice from a professional that we may have ignored from a family member.
Insider Knowledge and Connections
Do you have first-hand knowledge or connections with each type of vendor you will need for your wedding? Unless you’re a wedding vendor yourself, that’s unlikely.
Wedding planners with years in the industry have built relationships with the best wedding vendors in the area. They know who can provide exactly what you’re looking for as well as who to stay away from.
You might not have thought about this, but wedding planners can also help you save money or get the best service from vendors. While vendors do their best to please every client, clients that work with a wedding planner get a little bit of extra special treatment.
Because wedding planners are a huge source of income for them! If they please one couple, that couple might tell 2 or 3 friends about their experience. But if they please a wedding planner, they could land dozens of recommendations!
For this reason, vendors are sometimes willing to cut a deal for clients that come to them through a wedding planner. At the very least, they will go above and beyond to ensure that your day goes off without a hitch!
Avoid Costly Mistakes
Weddings are expensive enough as it is. Unfortunately, many couples spend more than they need to on various aspects of the day simply because of their inexperience.
Beyond helping you snag exclusive deals, a wedding planner can also help you avoid expensive mistakes. Waiting too long to order dress alterations or choosing the wrong bar option are just two examples of situations that can get unnecessarily expensive.
A wedding planner will keep you on track with the timeline and offer advice when dealing with vendors so things work out in your favor.
A Fountain of Creative Ideas
You don’t want your wedding to end up looking like everyone else’s. But what are some creative ways to decorate and make your wedding stand out in a good way?
Scrolling for hours through Pinterest is a good way to amass a plethora of random ideas. But the average person will have a hard time putting those ideas together in a cohesive way. Trust us when we say, you don’t want a wedding that looks like it’s been hodge-podged together.
A wedding planner has years of wedding experience and ideas to draw from. They have all sorts of practical knowledge about wedding venues, the best local DJ services, the best videographers in town, and how to incorporate little bits of both your personalities into the decor, activities, everything else.
Plus, they can take all those random Pinterest ideas and bring them together in a way that is absolutely breathtaking!
A Level-Headed Go-To Person on the Big Day
No matter how well the big day is planned, there is always something that goes a little bit awry. Perhaps the flowers don’t arrive on time, the bridesmaids need more hair pins, or the photographer takes a smidge too long getting the family shots.
Regardless of what it is, it’s nice to have one person in charge. Everybody knows who that person is and reports to them. This central control is one of the best ways to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch, despite the little troubles that pop up.
But who should that person be?
The absolute worst idea is that the bride or groom handles everything. They’re supposed to be relaxing and enjoying their day. Not to mention they’re already jittery for obvious reasons. The job of putting out metaphorical fires shouldn’t be on their shoulders.
When you hire a wedding planner, they become the captain of the ship. They are the solid rock that everyone knows to turn to.
In short, they make your day amazing!
Take the Stress Out of Wedding Planning
You’re supposed to be able to enjoy your wedding. That’s kind of hard to do when you’re feeling stressed out of your mind because of all the details you’re handling.
Hiring a wedding planner takes the bulk of the planning responsibilities off your plate. You just get to sit back and enjoy your amazing wedding.
Contact us today to learn more!