official opinions: relax, you’ve got a wedding planner!

Although it can be really fun, planning your wedding day can quickly turn into a challenging project. Not only are brides and grooms trying to create the perfect vision for their event (a tiring task in itself), but they’re trying to do it with limited knowledge on how to put together a wedding.

Most brides are first timers and this means they have a lot to figure out.  From catering menus to invitations to booking a rocking band for the reception, it’s all new.  And unless you happen to have a ton of free hours every week to pour over details, it can get really stressful really fast.

These days the question of whether or not to hire a professional wedding planner is often up in the air.  The experience of someone who has worked in the field for years can be incredibly useful of course, but hiring a pro doesn’t always fit into every couple’s budget.  Brides-to-be may write off the idea of hiring a planner, thinking that they “know how to throw a party” or “it can’t take that long.”  But what a lot of people don’t realize is that the help of a professional can really be invaluable in letting you enjoy your day and the months leading up to it.

Perks of the Planner:  There are some wedding details that practically demand a planner. If you are planning on having a large wedding (100+ people) things can get complicated quickly.  A professional has dealt with large guest lists in the past, and she can help you prioritize your tasks and help you make choices that will satisfy yourself, as well as your family and friends.  Even if you have a smaller crowd, it can be a good idea to hire a wedding planner if you are holding your ceremony or reception in a location that is atypical.  For example, a wedding held in a museum, park or historic home can be a beautiful and unique choice, but that also means there could be less wedding-specific assistance and a lot of unknown factors.  This is a time when hiring someone who has spent years planning events comes in handy.

  • By the way….a professional planner can actually save you money through their established connections with local wedding vendors!
Not for everyone:  If you are holding your wedding in a full service location (ie-banquet hall) you may be able to take advantage of an in-house planner who can assist with the catering, seating, and music set-up.  Couples who plan to have a small, intimate wedding may also be able to handle the details themselves, though that depends on the wedding location.  (No matter the size, it’s always good to have help planning a destination wedding).
A happy medium:  Brides who like the idea of having a professional on their team but don’t have the budget for it do have some options.  Consider hiring a “day of” coordinator.  These wedding planners will learn your wedding details a few weeks beforehand and manage the day from start to finish.  They confirm all booked vendors and arrive on the day of, clipboard in hand, to make sure that everything runs smoothly (whew!) And when it comes down to it- which do you want to remember; the stress of planning or the day itself?

2 Responses to “official opinions: relax, you’ve got a wedding planner!”

  1. July 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    This is great information for recently engaged couples! Planning a wedding isn’t a “walk in the park” and the last thing you want to be is overly stressed for the year leading up to the big day. A wedding planner can definitely ease that uncertainty. One bit of advice; find a planner that will work with your budget, not against it. Most couples feel they cannot afford a planner, but I disagree. As a planner in Chicago, I make it my job to fit couples with the right vendors and work with them to make smart financial decisions when it comes to their big day. You may spend a bit at first for a planner, but a good one will save you in the long run.

  2. July 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Useful info! I also think a wedding planner can act as a liaison when putting together a multi-cultural wedding.

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