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Do I Really Need a Wedding Planner?

Do I Really Need A Wedding Planner?

“Do I really need a wedding planner?”  That’s a question many brides ask themselves.  In the past, wedding planners were thought of as an extravagant “extra”, meant only for the wealthy.  Today a wedding planner has become more of a necessity.  Many couples are so busy with work and other aspects of life that they need someone to help them plan their special day.  A wedding planner can ease your stress and also save your sanity!  Using one will allow you to enjoy the engagement period leading up to the wedding day.

There are many reasons to use a full service wedding planner, or at a minimum, a day-of coordinator.  Here are just a few of those reasons:

Day-of coordinator – so you can enjoy the day…not work it!!!

A day-of coordinator is an invaluable asset to your event.  You’ve done all of the planning up to this point and want to enjoy it.  Without her, you will end up working at your wedding!

A Day-Of Coordinator will…

Be there to direct the rehearsal so that the bride and groom know what to do and when to do it, the bridesmaids and groomsmen know their duties, the parents know when to walk down the aisle, and the ushers know who to seat and where.

Confirm with all vendors the week before the wedding to make sure they know where to be and when to be there, and to confirm any outstanding balance.  The coordinator will often deliver the final payments to vendors on the wedding day.

Keep a list of all vendor contacts and phone numbers in case of emergency (for example…the cake is to be there at 1:00 and it’s 1:30 and no cake…it’s happened).

Create schedules for everyone to keep the day running smoothly and on time:
–Bridesmaids: when to be at the hairdresser to get their hair/make-up done
–Groomsmen: when they need to be dressed so they can have pre-ceremony pictures taken
–Parents: when to be lined up at the back of the church/room
–Vendors: so they know the order of the day

Create a detailed timeline of events for the day so the DJ/band know when to start the dances (first dance, Father/Daughter dance, Mother/Son dance, etc.), when to do the cake cutting, and more. She will let the DJ/band know what songs you definitely want played – and those you don’t (like the Chicken Dance).

Let the DJ/band know the order to announce the bridal party and how to pronounce all names correctly. Nobody wants to be announced at a wedding reception with a mangled pronunciation of their name!

Help pin on boutonnieres and corsages, which is an often missed detail.   Minutes before the wedding everyone is running around scrambling to pin them on! The coordinator will ensure that boutonnieres and corsages go on the left lapel or wrist (because that is closest to your heart).

Keep a copy of the seating chart and assist people who can’t find their tables.

Keep a copy of the photo list to make sure that the photographer doesn’t miss any must-have pictures. And speaking of photos… she will make sure that the necessary people stick around after the ceremony to get their pictures taken. You’d be surprised how often people wander off and can’t be found for a picture!

Have on hand a wedding day emergency kit containing things you would never think of (like WD40 – you’d be surprised by all it does), sewing kit (in case of rips or tears), oil blotters (for that shiny face) and much, much more!

Please note:  many couples think that since their reception venue has a wedding coordinator that they don’t need to hire one.  The venue coordinator  is a great asset to have, after all, the more people working on your wedding the better!  However, when you hire your own day-of coordinator she will work with ALL of your vendors, she will work out the timeline for the day’s events, as well as work out the logistics for what you want.  She will be at the rehearsal to direct everyone.  She’ll be your go to person for anything you need on your special day.

Full service wedding planner – so you can enjoy the engagement period!

Wouldn’t you like to enjoy the time leading up to the “big day”?  A full service wedding planner will allow you to relax by helping with every aspect of your wedding.  In addition to all of the things a day-of coordinator does, she has existing relationships with vendors, from photographers to florists and more.  She knows who’s good and who isn’t.  Choosing vendors that your planner has built relationships with will save you time.  She already knows the quality of vendors and won’t direct you to someone who does poor work

A Full-Service Wedding Planner will…

Help you create a budget. Who knows better how much wedding vendors and items cost than a professional planner?

Save you money. She often has a network of vendors and can get you discounts or freebies added to the contract. The wedding planner represents your best interests.

Save you time. She will get to know you and your style and then will refer you to vendors that she knows you will love, eliminating the need for you to research tons of vendors just to find the perfect one.

Negotiate with vendors. Many people are not comfortable with “haggling”. Wedding planners are; that’s their job. They will negotiate with vendors to get you the best pricing and deal possible.

Have access to a wealth of knowledge and creativity. She has planned other weddings, read tons of bridal books and magazines, taken planning courses, knows what works and what doesn’t.

Give advice on etiquette. This would include how to word invitations and place cards, how to seat people, and more.

Be up to date on current style trends. Wedding planners are often fashion “addicts,” staying current on style trends. They can give you ideas on colors, favors, place cards, flowers and more. Whether you want a very unique wedding or a more traditional wedding, your planner can give you ideas and show you how to make it one that people will remember for years to come.

Act as your advocate, counselor and friend. She will be there to give you advice, she will listen when you need to vent about the parents insisting you invite all of their friends (it will happen), when you and your fiance argue about the centerpieces, or when your bridesmaids decide they don’t like the dresses you pick…

It’s worth repeating: a wedding planner can ease your stress and save your sanity! You will find this service an invaluable asset to have when planning – and enjoying – your wedding.