What to Expect When You Hire a Wedding Planner
You’ve given the idea some thought and love the idea of a stress-free wedding day. But what should you expect when you hire a wedding planner?
Any bride will tell you that a wedding planner is many things: Organizer, peacemaker, timekeeper, saint sent down from the heavens. If you’ve ever seen Bride Wars, The Wedding Planner, or Father of the Bride, you probably have a general idea of what a wedding planner does (i.e. the person that makes your wedding go off without a hitch). But the specifics can be vague. When you hire a wedding planner, here are a few things you can expect them to help you with.
Budget and Vision Management
People may argue about the dress, the cake, or the venue, but the real centerpiece of any wedding (besides the couple) is the budget. Most couples start with an ideal budget in mind—say $10,000—and are startled to find how fast they surpass that budget. Not because they got swept up in the planning process, but because chair rentals cost slightly more than they thought, or because it was worth the extra couple hundred dollars to find a photographer who has the most amazing portfolio. A wedding planner has been around the block hundreds of times. They know how to find a happy medium between the budget you want and the wedding you’re dreaming of.
You’ve shopped around bridal magazines and Pinterest. You have a vague sense of what you like, and a clear sense of what you don’t. But you’re still not sure you have the aesthetic skills to pull off the wedding you want. Enter your lifesaver: the wedding planner.
A wedding planner can help you iron out the details by walking you through current trends and helping you articulate what you want. From there, they can help you bring all of your ideas together into one cohesive vision, add any details you might have missed, and coordinate with aesthetic vendors to pull it off. This can cover almost anything from bridesmaid dresses to stylish favors to lighting and other venue-related visual details.
Coordination, Before the Wedding and the Day-Of
We may not like it, but the truth is, most big events may reach a crisis at some point in the planning process, including your wedding. But while that might leave you floundering, it’s no problem for your wedding planner.
In the run-up to the wedding, they can make your life easier by making appointments for you and streamlining the details so that you only have to worry about the big decisions. And on your wedding day, while you’re being pulled in a million directions between your parents and old friends, getting ready, and trying to get everything in order, they can help take a weight off your shoulders. They can:
Help run the rehearsal
Handle vendors and deliveries
Roll out back-up plans for any no-shows
Make sure the wedding party is on time and in the right places
Coordinate the reception timeline
Deal with no-shows, wedding crashers, and unruly guests
Set up the ceremony and reception spaces beforehand
Ensure the rental spaces are clean so that you get your deposits back
Address any emergencies
Let’s be honest, when you’re getting married, you want to focus on your spouse-to-be! It’s one of the most important days of your life, and you should be able to savor it. For everything else, a wedding planner can simplify the process.
Looking for a Wedding Planner?
Any bride who’s made it through the hardest parts of her wedding will tell you the same thing: a good wedding planner is worth their weight in gold. If you and your soon-to-be forever partner are looking for a wedding planner to make your special day go right, you’ve come to the right place. We offer exactly the services you need—at a price that you can actually afford.
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