I know what you’re going to say. “A blog post about why I need a wedding planner, on a wedding planner’s page? Can you say ‘bias’?” and yeah, so maybe I am a little bit biased, but hear me out for a second. I don’t care if you leave my website and never think about booking me as your wedding planner (I mean I DO care but that’s not the point I’m trying to make). If you get something out of this blog post and book a wedding planner, ANY planner, I will have done my job.
A little study
Before I go into why exactly you need a wedding planner, let me enlighten you on a little something that is less biased than my own personal opinion. I recently did a survey via Instagram with some of my followers asking them questions about their wedding planning experiences and the results were pretty interesting. Here they are:
- 67% of the people who were married said they did NOT hire a wedding planner.
- Out of those 67%, 67% of them (oddly enough) said they wished they had hired a wedding planner.
- Of the 33% of the married individuals that DID hire a wedding planner, 83% of them said they were glad they hired one.
When asked to give me feedback about why they are glad or not glad they hired a wedding planner, one individual said “100% yes!!! I actually got super sick the week of my wedding and there is NO WAY that everything would have gotten done without my wedding planner. Wedding planners do SO much….Worth 100x the investment and make weddings days go so much smoother!”
Now I know this is just a handful of individuals and of course experiences, personal preferences, and opinions vary from person to person, but I think those numbers speak true to the benefits of hiring a wedding planner.
Through my experience as a wedding planner, I can tell you one of the most stressful things for couples is sticking to their budget. There’s no getting around it, weddings are expensive. So if you’re planning or not planning on spending your money on a wedding planner, I think it’s good to know a few of the benefits that you get (or should get) for your money.
- We will “oo” and “ahh” at all of your wedding details.
Honestly, if I had a dollar every time I stalked some random strangers wedding photos, I’d have money up to my ears. There is honestly no wedding detail that we don’t love. And we’re likely just as excited for your wedding day as you are (well..almost).
- You have a professional to run your ideas by.
There are so many choices to make when it comes to wedding day, and there are so many decisions that need to be made on a deadline. While asking your family and friends is never a bad idea, sometimes you just need a professional’s opinion. I can’t speak for other planners, but for me, no matter what brides hire me for (day-of, full service, etc), I am always just an email away, willing to give my helpful opinion if needed.
- There’s no doubt we know what we’re doing.
You probably know of someone that would be willing to do your wedding planning for free. Whether they be a family friend or even family, there are many brides, both past and present, who question whether to ask their cousin or their mother’s childhood friend to do their day-of coordination. Though there are some circumstances where this person could have been or is a professional wedding planner, it’s likely they aren’t. As simple as it may sound, wedding day coordination is actually quite a bit for one person to handle. If you don’t have a professional doing it, it may get overwhelming and stressful to the friend or family member you hired. When you hire a wedding planner, it’s likely we’ve done this a time or two, and there’s no need worry about what the stress the load of handling wedding day may do or worry about doing it all yourself. Plus it allows that friend or family member to fully enjoy the day with you!
- You get to enjoy your day to the fullest.
I encourage brides to be involved through the entire planning process, even if I am their full service wedding planner. But what I don’t encourage is being involved on wedding day. I realize there are people out there who REALLY want to be involved through the entire planning process, including what goes on during wedding day. And that’s fine! But what most brides don’t realize is how busy they’ll be, come wedding day. If your venue allows you to get there and have plenty of time to set up and do all of it yourself, more power to you! But more often than not, brides are getting ready, taking pictures and staying busy with the activities on the timeline during the setting up process of the ceremony and reception sites. Which is what you should be doing! Time is of the essence on wedding day, and you shouldn’t be using that time to worry about if the napkins are folded correctly. When you hire a wedding planner, they ought to know your vision and your set-up. And while they’re making that vision come to life, you should be relaxing, enjoying the pampering and soaking up the moments of your special day.
Wedding coordinator vs. venue coordinator
Yes there is a difference! And if you didn’t know that, don’t feel bad, many brides don’t! One of my “friendors” (fellow wedding vendor who is also a friend) Ashley Ice of Ashley Ice Photography once had a conversation with me about how shocked she was that many brides coming to her didn’t know the difference between a wedding coordinator and a venue coordinator, so I thought I would touch on this subject a little bit and help you out if you’re confused.
When you choose a venue and are told the venue comes with a venue coordinator, that is a person specifically employed by the venue to look after the venue during your wedding day. Their job is basically to make sure your tables are set up correctly beforehand, you have everything you need from the venue, your family and friends don’t destroy the venue’s property and nothing gets out of hand. So really, they’re just there for the venue. More than likely, they will not help you keep to the timeline on wedding day or help set up your decor. They’ll be there from start to finish, but more so for the venue than for your actual benefit.
When you hire wedding planner, we are specifically there for you. We will set up decor, help keep things running on time, make sure you are where you need to be, and make sure all your vendors are where they need to be. We work hand-in-hand with everyone, including the venue coordinator, to ensure you have all that you need to make your day perfect.
Now don’t get me wrong, some venues DO come with a wedding coordinator, but before you decide you don’t need a wedding planner because your venue comes with one, make sure you clarify what the venue coordinator’s duties are so you’re not blindsided on wedding day.
Do your research
I understand wedding planners aren’t for everyone, but I truly encourage you to do your research if you’re on the fence about hiring one. Contact a few and see what they have to offer! Ask family, friends, and co-workers what they did for their wedding and what they recommend. From this wedding planner, I can tell you us wedding plnners will do just about anything to make your wedding day dreams come true.
Thanks for reading and happy planning!