Sandy Stringer is the owner of Strings & Champagne Events and a professional wedding planner in Roseville, California. She and her team loving helping brides turn their wedding vision into a reality.
Planning a wedding takes a lot of time, effort and energy. Did you know that the average wedding takes more than 250 hours to plan? Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and you should be able to enjoy it without the details detracting from your celebration. That’s why many brides turn to professional services to help make their big day a success—and enjoying it in the process. Here are a few reason why hiring a wedding planner can be a great decision:
Why You Should Hire a Wedding Planner
Let’s face it: the average newly-engaged couple probably has little-to-none experience planning a wedding. A professional wedding planner has already crossed the learning curve that so many brides struggle with in planning their wedding. From vendors to color schemes, wedding planners have already done it hundreds of times before. Their expertise can be a big help in reducing the stress of the wedding planning process, and keeping you on track to make your day the best it can be.
Time and Money
While you do have to pay for the services of a wedding planner, oftentimes their experience and connections in the industry can save you money throughout the planning process. And as you know, time is money, too! Wedding planners already know the dos and don’ts of weddings, and can help you save lots of time and money as you’re making decisions about products and vendors.
One of the biggest myths of hiring a wedding planner is that they make all the decisions about your wedding for you. Rather, wedding planners are there to help guide you through the decision process based on the theme of your day and preferences you’ve told them about that reflect your personality. One bride may need suggestions while another may just need a second opinion about her choice – but in either case, a wedding planner is there to help the bride make decisions confidently and in a timely matter.
Schedules and Details
the last thing you’d want to happen is to realize you forgot an important detail for your big day, or that you left too much to plan or do until it was too late. Wedding planners are experts at keeping schedules intact and remembering every necessary detail so you don’t have to worry about forgetting them.
This skill is especially valuable the week and day of your wedding. With so many different vendors and individuals involved in a wedding ceremony (and rehearsal, dinner, reception, etc.), it can be difficult for the bride to manage them all at once while still fulfilling her most important role. An experienced wedding planner is an expert with getting the right people to the right places at the right time, making sure your event flows seamlessly.
What if You Don’t Have a Wedding Planner?
There are many brides out there who are working with a tight budget, and would rather put the money spent on a wedding planner toward elements of their big day. Others may just be planning a simple wedding and may not feel the need for professional services. Any bride who has the time and is detail-oriented can surely plan her own wedding. Here are a few tips for the DIY brides to make sure their day is still a success:
Great Communication is Key
If you opt to not hire a wedding planner, make sure to be as detail-oriented as possible, and communicate your vision to all involved as clearly as possible. Make sure to confirm everything more than once to make sure you’re on the same page with all of your vendors.
Keep it simple
The more vendors and individuals that get involved, the harder it becomes to manage your event. Keep your instructions clear, and make sure you have a good idea of how much your time limitations allow you to do.
Consider individual consultations or day-of help
If a full-service wedding planner isn’t an option for you, but you’d still like some professional guidance, there are other options available! Some wedding planners offer hourly or 90-minute consultations that won’t break your budget. They can help keep you on track, give advice, and help you prepare better for making big decisions. Many find that a hiring day-of coordinator (if not offered at your venue already) is well worth the cost as they allow the bride to really enjoy her day while leaving the details to someone else.
Most of all, the DIY should be able to have one eye focused on the flow of events, and the other focused on celebrating like no other!