Today we’re talking about 10 reasons why EVERY couple needs a wedding planner. This isn't a comprehensive list, but it's some of the major reasons you really should hire a planner.
Before we get to why you should hire a wedding planner, I want to point out something that most people often tend to misunderstand:
Wedding planners are NOT only for celebrities or royalty – you don’t have to have a massive wedding budget or a star studded guest list to benefit from a wedding planner’s expertise!
There is a wedding planner and a planning package for every couple out there. You simply have to find the one that best fits your needs.
So why should you hire a wedding planner? Let’s find out!
1. Wedding planners help keep your budget on track.
They’ve been in the industry and they know what weddings cost. Weddings always end up being more expensive than couples anticipate. With a wedding planner, you’ve got someone to guide you through the process and help you maximize your budget by focusing on the elements that are most important to you, whether it’s food, catering, entertainment, and so on.
2. Wedding planners know the best vendors to work with.
You’ve likely never planned a wedding before, so knowing which vendors to trust and which to avoid is essential to making sure your wedding is a success. Plus, since your wedding planner knows the vendor AND they know you, they’ve got inside knowledge of which vendor/client relationships will work and which ones might not be the best fit. No couple wants to work with vendors that don’t share your vision!
3. Wedding planners are well-versed in handling complex logistics.
If you’re having multiple venues, a large guest list, or have to “flip” the space from ceremony to reception quickly, your wedding planner is there to handle it for you. Your planner makes sure your vendors all work together seamlessly and that any issues are handled behind-the-scenes while YOU get to sit back and relax.
4. Wedding planners can take all of your ideas and turn them into a cohesive design.
Let’s be honest, you both have different visions for your wedding and you need someone that can help you weave it all together flawlessly. So if you have your heart set on a preppy beach wedding and your partner would rather get married in a mountain meadow, your wedding planner will help you pull it together. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it, too?
5. Wedding planners are great mediators.
We all know that prickly, uncomfortable situations can happen when you’re planning your wedding whether you want them to or not. Your wedding planner can be a neutral, impartial voice amidst the emotional chaos that can result from an argument or family situation. Since they can see the bigger picture, it’s often easier to help everyone involved reach a peaceful resolution.
6. Wedding planners reduce your stress levels.
Not only does your wedding planner help you in the lead-up to your wedding, but more importantly, they’re steering the ship on your wedding day as well. Do you really want to be the one to answer a million questions on your big day? I didn’t think so. Hiring an experienced wedding planner means that you and your loved ones are fully present and “in the moment.”
7. Wedding planners can save you time.
The average couple that doesn’t hire a planner spends upwards of 200 hours planning their wedding. That’s a LOT of time and energy that you could be devoting to other things! The beauty of having a wedding planner is that they’ll take on all the research and leg work for you. Do you really want to compare prices on linens instead of going on your weekly date night? Your wedding planner takes care of that while you make the final decision.
8. Wedding planners can help you determine what elements are your big ticket items.
Your wedding planner can help you really focus on what’s most important to your wedding vision and stop worrying about the things that you don’t care about. You should only keep the traditions that mean something to the two of you as a couple instead of following the status quo.
If great food is your primary focus, then it makes sense to allocate more of your budget on catering. If florals are your thing then you’ll need to adjust your budget to allow for that.
9. Wedding planners keep you honest about your DIY expectations.
Can we talk about how huge DIY is right now? It’s one of the biggest wedding design trends in the last 20 years and they are great if you LOVE to do them. I personally adore a good DIY project. But if you’ve never been a ‘crafty’ person, the likelihood that you’ll be excited to tackle multiple DIY projects in the lead up to your wedding is pretty slim.
It can be tempting to DIY items for your wedding for cost savings or to add that personal touch, but if tackling those projects isn’t ‘you,’ a good wedding planner will point you in a different direction. You can make your wedding personal to you without having to tackle every craft project you see on Pinterest. If it makes planning more stressful, get rid of it!
10. Wedding planners make the planning process enjoyable!
Couples that don’t use a wedding planner often get burned out on the whole process because there are so many decisions that have to be made. If you’ve thought to yourself, “I’m so tired of planning this wedding,” then it is long past time to find yourself a wedding planner! A great planner will make the whole process enjoyable for you and keep your stress to an absolute minimum. Isn’t your sanity worth it?
If you've got a good wedding planner, their number one goal is for you to relax and enjoy what you envisioned for so long! If you look back on your wedding day and realize that you didn’t have to worry about a single detail all day, then your wedding has been a success in your wedding planner's eyes.
So there you have it dear readers, the top 10 reasons every couple needs a wedding planner.
If you're a newly engaged couple, are you considering using a wedding planner? If you're a married couple, did you use a wedding planner? Why or why not?
We'd love to hear your take on this, so feel free to comment below!