There should be no reason why you have to plan your entire wedding on your own. Planning your wedding is like planning the party of the year and there is so much that needs to be taken into consideration, so many people to deal with and just so much to do. When you decide on your budget for your wedding, factoring in the services of a wedding planner is not a luxury, it’s an absolute necessity. And here are 10 reasons why :
Planning your wedding should be fun, not stressful.
You can still be in total control of your wedding, but with all the stress of dealing with caterers, venues, DJ’s, officiators, etc all falling on someone else’s shoulders – someone who is professional, has already built up relationships with suppliers, and who knows how best to handle any crisis that could crop up during the planning stages.
You deserve everything to be just perfect on your perfect day
Having a professional handle all the day to day arrangements leading up to your big day, will ensure that by the time it gets to your wedding day, you can be confident that everything is sorted and you have absolutely nothing to worry about. That way, you can enjoy the whole experience and you deserve that!
You may not be really good at sticking to a budget.
Remember that when you’re planning your wedding, a lot of the decisions that you make are going to be made from an emotional point of view and even the most rational people can get carried away. Having set a budget, and placing it in the hands of a professional wedding planner, you can rest easy, knowing that you won’t go over budget.
Finding suppliers who you can trust can become a job on its own.
The last thing you want is to feel like the planning of your wedding has become a stressful chore. And finding people that you can trust to work with, going through their credentials, finding testimonials and co-ordinating the services of more than one vendor is a difficult task. Also, should someone let you down at the last minute, you have to start your research work all over again, whereas, a professional wedding planner already has great working relationships with suppliers that they trust and that they know they can rely on.
You don’t want planning your wedding to interfere with your job.
Because you work (very likely both of you) the next couple of months of your private time will be devoted to wedding planning. Just when you’re wanting to enlist the help of friends and family, you’re not going to be able to spend as much time with them as you usually would and could make people feel a little less willing to help.
A venue co-ordinator is different to a wedding planner.
Most venues have a co-ordinator on site to assist with the smooth running of events on your wedding day, but they don’t have anything else to do with the planning of your wedding. This makes them just another supplier that you have to contend with. Hand it over to your wedding planner, it’s the right thing to do.
Co-ordinating your budget
One of the great things about having a wedding planner is that you don’t have to worry about all the individual bills that will be submitted by suppliers for their services. You pay one invoice for the wedding planner and they are responsible for seeing to it that everyone else gets paid.
No matter how resourceful and creative you are, you still need help in making your dream wedding a reality.
Collect all your ideas, create a file of examples of what you want your cake to look like, your dress, hair, make-up, venue, table settings and anything else that you can think of. When you meet with your wedding planner, give them as much visual information as possible to help to paint a picture of what you have in mind. That way, you’ll be sure that they understand your vision. Because they are professional and they work with bridal couples all the time, they already have tried and tested ideas that work well and are able to offer not only support but new ideas that perhaps you hadn’t thought of and may possibly be better than yours. Remember that they are there to work with you and they want nothing more than to make you happy.
Input from friends and family could prove tricky.
Whilst you love your friends and family very much and you value their input, if you have a professional wedding planner on hand, you will not have to deal with trying to meet everyone’s expectations. That way, you’ll be able to focus on what you as a couple want, and achieve exactly that.
Your wedding may be taking place out of town.
Most weddings these days take place in another city or far out of town and it’s not always practical for the bridal couple to continuously be going to the venue to liaise with them, as well as finding vendors who are close by. This is where the services of a wedding planner will be most valuable. They will take full responsibility for dealing with vendors close to the venue and arranging for suppliers to deliver to the venue on time.
You owe it to yourself and your partner to enjoy every aspect of the planning of your wedding as well as the actual day. Having someone to work with who will take all the stress off, and give you what you want, is an absolute must.