When it comes to the planning process, the bridal spectrum ranges from "I have no idea what I'm doing" to "I think wedding planning may be my calling." Accordingly, brides who don't know where to start simply hire a wedding planner to help them along the way. However, for brides who are feeling like they've got this from the get-go or who feel like the extra help isn't financially feasible, is spending thousands on a planner really worth the investment?
We believe it is absolutely is worth it, and we insist that this isn't just the bottom line talking. If you choose your planner wisely, they can actually end up saving you money.
1. Planners can help with your budget constraints and legal contracts.
We can stretch your budget because we know what is more important and what will have the maximum impact. We recently had a bride who hired us for day-of coordination. She hired all her vendors before contracting with us. She hired five bagpipers for her ceremony, spending over $1,000. However, we could have saved her $800 by explaining that bagpipes are so loud, you really only need one. We wish she came to us sooner because even small decisions can add up to big savings when you have a planner who knows what they are doing.
2. Planners will fight for your wedding vision and keep everything on track.
In addition to helping our couples with their budget and supervising certain details like legal contracts, the most important perk of having a planner is having someone in your corner who will fight for you and your wedding vision from start to finish. While most vendors tackle more than one wedding per day or per weekend, an experienced planner is focused entirely on your special day. They will ensure that everything goes according to your unique plan. You've been on a really long journey together from the inception of your vision all the way to the altar...you want someone who knows what is in your brain and will do everything to make sure it happens rain or shine.If you want an outdoor ceremony even if it looks like rain, we will fight for that until the very last minute. Or if it does rain, we are the ones running outside to dry off all the chairs.
3. Planners can keep things stress-free.
From a vendor's perspective, working with a wedding planner instead of directly with the bride or groom or their parents can keep things streamlined and stress-free. Especially as the wedding day gets closer, most vendors would rather bother a planner ironing out last minute details than worry an already-stressed couple directly. Not to mention, vendors appreciate having those built-in relationships with planners.
4. Planners can get you a vendor discount.
Sometimes discounts don't appear on paper. If we call our lighting guy and on the wedding day we don't like what he's brought, you can be sure we're going to have him add extra lighting and you're not going to get charged for it. We are repeat business. Couples are not. The vendors aim to please us so we bring them more business.
5. Planners can handle ceremony to reception flipping.
Full and partial planning packages aside, a day-of coordinator is ideal, especially if your celebration involves complex orchestration like flipping the ceremony space in a short time period so it's ready for the reception. It vitally important to have somebody who can bring in vendors who are familiar with the space who are familiar with what they're doing to ensure that all runs with absolute precision and fluidity.
6. Planners can help you coordinate the entire day as opposed to just one aspect.
A wedding that's divided in multiple venues with their own coordinators may require less overall coordination, but even if a venue offers an in-house coordinator, we advise couples to remember that that person will likely only be coordinating the specific details that venue is responsible for providing, like food or the space itself. They may not be focused on helping you juggle all the little details that will make your special day so special. And juggling details is the last thing you and your fiancé want to worry about on your wedding day. At a hotel or a venue, they see a wedding every weekend or two a weekend where as your wedding planner wants to make sure this is your wedding. So having someone help you understand how to celebrate that is so important.
Even so, full wedding planning may not be practical or even possible for everyone. Maybe you have event experience yourself, your fiancé is a whiz with spreadsheets or your budget just won't allow it. If a couple has already booked their major vendors and only decides to consult a planner mid-way through the process, we offer partial or day-of packages that can also fit your needs. Some brides are really creative, they're going to be able to do their print material on their own because they're a designer or their best friend is a designer. Some people have a vision and are great at decorating and are going to be able to manage their design but a lot of brides have no vision, haven't been dreaming about their wedding forever, don't know how to pull together a high-end wedding. Every couple is different in terms of what they need help with and we are here to make sure your needs are met.