As a wedding planner, I get questions all the time about why anyone would want to hire a wedding planner. Some people think that wedding planners are a waste of time and money, but I'm here to tell you that a wedding planner is probably one of the best investments you can make when planning a wedding!
1. They can save you money
The first step in any wedding planning should be figuring out your budget. Many people think that hiring a professional to plan a wedding is so expensive that there won't be any way to pay for that and everything they want for their wedding. With the formula I use to figure out a bride's budget, about 10% of the total budget can go toward a wedding planner. Most times, the full 10% won't actually be what I charge, so the money that is left over can be used for other things.
2. They will probably have ideas you never thought of
This goes along with the first point. Planners know little ways to save money when it comes to flowers, food, drinks, and other vendors. Also, when you go through the schooling like I did, you have to come up with sample wedding inspiration boards for different seasons, themes, budgets....wedding ideas become ingrained in your mind!
3. They are well-versed in wedding etiquette
Many times, there are various arguments that flare up between family members during the wedding planning process due to etiquette questions. Who gets invited to the rehearsal dinner? Who pays for what? What kind of tips do you pay the vendors? How should invitations and programs look? How should addresses be written? These are all questions that can be answered by a trained planner. Goodbye arguments!
4. They can plan things while you're off having a life
Let's get real...when you get engaged, you want to be out celebrating. You want to do the fun stuff: bridal showers, dress shopping, photo shoots, gift registries, bachelorette parties...you don't want to be constantly stressing about the details. Who can really enjoy the fun moments when all the stressful ones are stewing in the back of your mind? I keep track of the budget, run errands, stay in contact with any vendors, and make appointments for my brides so they can focus on their life.
5. They'll come up with timelines so you don't have toA lot of research goes into planning the wedding timeline. You have to have a planning timeline with due dates so you get everything planned on time without rushing in the end, and then you also have to plan how the day of the wedding will go. You have to take into account getting ready, photo sessions, the schedule for both the ceremony and reception, plus travel times to get to all the different places. You have to have schedules for the bride, the groom, the wedding party, and family members that are in the wedding as well. That's a lot for a bride to take care of right before her wedding. On the day of the wedding, the bride and groom should just be able to relax and enjoy their once-in-a-lifetime day.
In case you were wondering, I got my wedding planning and my green wedding planning certifications from The Wedding Planning Institute, which also boasts Preston Bailey event design classes (which are next on my list!) I still am and always will be learning more about the wedding industry, but I love passing on what I have learned to others. :)