Many brides today are asking themselves this question: "Do I even need to hire a professional wedding planner?" Today's bride has so many resources at her fingertips - Pinterest inspiration boards, platforms like The Knot, and endless search engine abilities. So why should you hire a professional wedding planner when you already have plenty of resources to help you plan? We have listed our top five reasons to hire a professional wedding planner below:
1. A wedding planner will save you time.
Time is one of the most precious resources that not many of us have. From waking up early to get to your desk job, fitting in that evening yoga session, devoting time to friends and family, running errands and (if you're lucky) being able to catch up on your favorite Netflix series - our society has become overstimulated and overbooked. The average couple spends 10-15 hours a week planning their wedding. Think about your average work week and the amount of free time you have in your day. Is it a substantial amount of time? Our instincts tell us that you may have less time than you need. A professional wedding planner will step in and spend those hours researching the perfect venue, collecting quotes for rentals and catering, and negotiating with your various vendors. Not only will they spend the time doing the legwork for you, but their knowledge of the industry will help save you many steps in the planning process, and give you the guidance that you need to complete each task on your list with expertise and ease.
2. A wedding planner will save you money.
No couple should go into debt because of their wedding expenses, and most couples only go through the wedding planning process one time. Working with wedding vendors and estimating how much to spend in each category of your wedding are tough waters to navigate. A wedding planner can help steer you in the right direction with their knowledge of average spending in the industry. When a vendor is trying to up-sell you or adding unnecessary costs to your proposals, your wedding planner will be able to catch that because they know how much you should be spending and what costs to avoid. Conversely, your wedding planner will be able to tell you when you are adding unnecessary costs to your budget. Why not rent nice wooden tables for your head table but save on the tables for your guests and cover them with linen? Instead of a champagne toast that can cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars, have each guest toast with whatever drink they have in their hand at the time. Small tips like these from planners can help you save those precious dollars and stay under budget when your heart is pulling you in the wrong direction.
3. A wedding planner will allow you to become a guest at your own wedding.
Although it is nice to have help from friends and family members when planning your wedding, wouldn't you want your loved ones to enjoy your special day and all of the hard work that was put into it? When your mother is stressing out about when the rentals are being delivered or trying to fix your melted wedding cake, she won't be able to enjoy the amazing food that you selected for your menu or have conversations with old friends who have traveled from out of town. Your loved ones shouldn't have to worry about anything on your wedding day, and frankly, neither should you. Trusting that everything is in the hands of a capable professional will allow you, your friends, and your family to sit back and enjoy every last bit of your wedding day. After all, your focus should be on the love you share for the one you are marrying and how excited you are to start living your lives together.
4. A wedding planner will ensure that you get the best vendors possible.
Building relationships with vendors and determining who produces the highest quality work is one of the top priorities of a wedding planner. Instead of spending your time googling "best wedding photographer in Dallas" and sifting through all of the reviews, your wedding planner will present you with vendors who they know for a fact will provide excellent services, all while fitting the vision for your dream wedding. If by some awful mischance a wedding vendor that you selected is unable to deliver, your wedding planner has an entire archive of vendors that they can call when you get into a bind. Additionally, your wedding planner's relationships with vendors can often times get you substantial discounts that you otherwise wouldn't have received. Booking a wedding planner is the first step to securing the best of the best when it comes to your wedding vendors.
5. Your venue coordinator is just that - a venue coordinator.
Many couples think that their plans are safe in the hands of their venue's coordinator. Although venue coordinators are amazing at what they do and will make sure that everything at the venue is running smoothly - the venue is their first priority. During your wedding set-up, your venue coordinator will not be able to help you set table linens, place escort cards at each table setting, place each menu or adjust the centerpieces so that they are perfectly situated. The tiny intricate details of your wedding plan are not their responsibility, and when you run into an issue, the burden will fall on the shoulders of either you or a loved one. The venue coordinator has also done countless events at their specific venue, so they will have a set vision for how yours will be executed. A wedding planner can help you to bring a fresh concept into your venue and transform the space into something that is truly unique. One of the most important things to consider is that venue coordinators deal with hundreds of events every year. Juggling all of these events is extremely difficult. Your wedding planner, however, is not managing hundreds of weddings and will be able to provide you with the adequate time and attention to detail that is needed to execute a flawless event.
There are many other reasons why hiring a professional wedding planner can be one of the best decisions you make for your wedding, but these are just a few. For more information on what benefits and services a wedding planner can provide to you, visit our contact page here and fill out an inquiry form. We would be honored to be part of your special day!