One of the questions that we like to ask brides during our first consultation is "Why are you looking to hire a planner? How can we help you?" And resoundingly, we get the same answer - "I don't want to have to worry about anything on my wedding day". Can we get an AMEN? At A Lovely Day, we live by the philosophy that your wedding day should be spent soaking up each and every detail and moment - not worrying about when the florist arrives and making sure that the groomsmen don't get too rowdy.
At the same time, we hear a lot of couples who are cautious of hiring a wedding planner because it's the one extraneous cost that they don't need to incur while planning their wedding. And we totally get that line of thinking! Whether you hire a planner or choose to go it alone is a personal decision (this is YOUR day after all!) but today, we're going to lay out a few perks of having a wedding planner join your #weddingdreamteam.
1. Provide expertise. This past weekend, one of our clients joked that they always felt unsure about finalizing wedding details since they've "never done this before". Isn't that the truth! Having a wedding planner guarantees a level of expertise that first-time brides & grooms are unlikely to have. Between walking couples through the ideal timeline for the day, to reviewing contracts to make sure you aren't being overcharged for your chair rental - wedding planners are the expertise that can make your wedding planning process smooth, comfortable and exciting (and a little less scary)!
2. Take care of the minutia. Friends, let's tell a quick story. When Kaitlynn was working as an Event Coordinator at a golf club in Southeastern Michigan, she had a bride who was dead set on coming in on the morning of her wedding day to tie bows around 200 napkins. So there she sat, at 9 o'clock on the morning of her big day, tying tiny bows around 200 napkins. Veil and all. Don't get us wrong, we know that details make your wedding day - and we whole heartedly believe in making those details happen, but we believe that the beauty of hiring a wedding planner is ensuring that every detail is done to your standards without you having to lift a finger! So whether it's tying bows around 200 napkins, making sure that your veil is perfectly fanned out before you walk down the aisle, or making sure that your place settings are perfectly spaced, a good wedding planner will make sure that no detail is overlooked.
3. Be your advocate. On the note of Event Coordinators, something that is very important for brides to understand is that a venue's Event Coordinator is not the same as a wedding planner. Venue/Event Coordinators are there to make sure that the facility side of things run smoothly. Don't get us wrong - a great Event Coordinator can absolutely enhance your wedding planning process, but be sure that you're not counting on them to go above what's listed in your venue contract. Often times, Event/Venue Coordinators will arrive on-site several hours before your wedding and stay through dinner service. After that, Banquet Managers often take over to close the place down. At A Lovely Day, we're with you from start to finish throughout the whole weekend. We work for you - not any of your vendors - which means that we act as your advocate and execute your vision. A planner is truly on your side!
4. Keep the show running. We've touched on this before, but your wedding planning process and the wedding itself is a big 'ol logistics fest. There are lots of pieces that need to be kept in motion to make sure your day goes off without a hitch, and a wedding planner is the person to keep it moving. Whether you're booking a planner for full service design or weekend of execution, a good planner will work with you to keep you on track leading up to your nuptials and be by your side to keep things moving on the day of. The beauty in this is the guarantee that your must-haves don't get missed! Are you set on having special pictures with your Dad? We'll coordinate with your photographer. Want to get in your ceremonial dances before dinner? We'll work with the DJ on the timeline.
5. Be a neutral third party. Getting married is an emotional process and sometimes decisions feel so monumental that it's impossible to totally separate your head from your heart. And that's where we come in. A good planner is going to be compassionate, but honest. If you're dreaming of centerpieces full of peonies but your bank account doesn't agree, your planner will work to creatively stretch those dollars to achieve your vision. Your planner is not your sister, your mother (or your mother-in-law), or your best friend - which is a good thing! A planner is there to keep the big picture in mind, make logical decisions and provide a neutral ground to help you make choices that fit with your budget and vision for the day.
[A side note on this - as a bride, you are suddenly going to be the recipient of a lot of unsolicited advice. Every person who has ever gotten married, attended a wedding or watched Say Yes to the Dress is going to feel they can help you plan your wedding. And while we're sure they're well intentioned, all those voices can muddy the waters of what's important to you and your fiancé. Again, this is where a wedding planner can help you filter through the noise to determine what's important, nail down your "must haves", and ultimately make sure that you have the time of your life as you begin a new chapter as a Mrs.!]
We know that we're a little bias when it comes to hiring a planner, but keep these tips in mind as you decide whether hiring a wedding professional is right for you! Curious about what else we can provide? Drop us a line!
Kaitlynn + Emma