Have you seen the movie “The Wedding Planner” starring Jennifer Lopez? If so, have you ever wondered why she made such an incredible impact on soon-to-be brides at that time?
The reason is that after watching the film, most people finally realized the importance of hiring a wedding planner.
Most couples never consider the possibility of hiring a wedding planner.
They usually have doubts regarding whether or not hiring the services of a wedding planner is really worth their money, especially those who are on a tight budget.
Hiring a wedding planner is a matter of choice and personal preference.
If you think that you and your fiancé can handle most of the wedding planning without any problems, then, by all means, go on with your DIY plans.
But if you think that doing all the planning from the very beginning will be tedious and laborious, then you should consider hiring a wedding planner.
A wedding planner is someone who is adept and knowledgeable when it comes to wedding plans.
Wedding planners have already established their contacts with many businesses that are important to a wedding such as flower arrangers, caterers, DJs, Photographers, venues, etc.
So, for most people who are not yet aware of the benefits they can get from hiring a wedding planner, here are some 5 advantages that you need to know that will help you decide:
1)) Hiring A Wedding Planner Will Save You Time
Planning a wedding can be a daunting task because there are so many moving parts that need to be coordinated.
It can even be more tedious if the person who plans the wedding is a participant, like a bride or a groom for example.
It can be really difficult to have an open mind, especially with all the jitters and everything.
Moreover, planning a wedding does not happen overnight.
Usually, it would take you 200 to 300 hours of planning, thinking, and brainstorming.
Hence, to save you time and effort, it is best to hire the services of a wedding planner.
2)) Saves You Money Overall
Many people say that the reason why they do not hire a wedding planner is that it will be an additional cost on their part.
What they do not know is that hiring the services of a wedding planner can actually save you more money because as I mentioned earlier, most wedding planners have already established solid contacts with some of the common wedding businesses like flower arrangers, venues, etc.
Therefore, discounts are more likely to happen because they have their own connections already.
It’s always who you know in this world that can benefit you the most.
3)) Organized Planning
With wedding planners, weddings can be more organized because most of them are very particular from the biggest down to the smallest details.
After all, it is their job to know what’s best for them.
Moreover, wedding planners establish a timeline that they follow in order to have all the details ready or even way ahead of time, leaving all the last-minute changes behind.
4)) The Decisions Are Still Yours
Even with wedding planners, ultimately the decisions are still up to the couple.
The wedding planner will guide, render some suggestions, and assist the couple in making the decisions.
Hence, the couple will be able to, still, inject their own style and preference with regard to the planning of their wedding.
5)) Confidence Boosters
One of the best things about wedding planners is that they act as confidence boosters for the bride and groom.
We all know how jittery and edgy wedding couples can be, especially if they are in a rush or having trouble finding the perfect items for their wedding.
But, by enlisting the help of a wedding planner, they will be more at ease and more confident that their wedding will be perfect on that special day…
All because they’ll have a piece of mind knowing that a professional has handled most of the details.
Tips To Consider Before You Hire a Wedding Planner
Consider the Role a Planner Will Play
First and foremost a bride should carefully consider the type of role a wedding planner will play in the process of planning the wedding.
Some brides may be confident handing over all of the planning details to a wedding planner, some brides may only allow a wedding planner to perform a few minor tasks and most brides will fall somewhere in the middle of this spectrum.
The majority of brides who hire a wedding planner want to be involved in every step of the process but are intimidated by the prospect of planning the wedding so they rely on the wedding planner to keep track of details, make sure nothing is overlooked, and deal with vendors.
How Much Will A Wedding Planner Cost?
Next, a bride, along with anyone else involved in paying for the wedding, will have to consider the fees charged by the wedding planner.
This is very important because depending on the amount of work required, the cost of employing a wedding planner can add significantly to your wedding budget.
Some wedding planners charge an hourly rate, some charge for each task handled by the wedding planner, and some charge a flat fee for all of the services provided to assist in wedding planning and preparations.
It is important to understand these fees beforehand and to have a contract that carefully outlines all of the services which will be performed by the wedding planner and the fees that will be paid to them.
Without this type of contract, there are likely to be disputes.
However, with a contract in place, the bride and the wedding planner can proceed with confidence that everyone involved knows what is expected of them during the process of planning the wedding.
Get Recommendations from Trusted Sources
When it is time to start narrowing down your options for wedding planners, it is very important to seek out recommendations from trusted sources.
Friends or family members who have used a wedding planner in the past will likely give you an honest opinion of whether or not a particular wedding planner is a worthwhile investment.
Brides should also use the Internet to learn about wedding planners and search for reviews.
There may be hundreds of wedding planners located in your city, but if you start by only considering those who come highly recommended, your search will be much easier.
Once you use personal recommendations and online reviews to narrow your field of wedding planners down to a few contenders, it is time to schedule interviews.
This is incredibly important for a number of reasons.
First of all, you want to select a wedding planner who is capable of planning a wedding that will meet your expectations and suit your style.
Ask to see pictures from previous weddings and ask for details on the role played by the wedding planner.
It is also important to get a good feel for the wedding planner’s personality during this interview.
This is significant because you will be spending a great deal of time with the wedding planner over the course of the next few months.
If you can’t get along with him or her, it can not only be uncomfortable but may result in you not having your dream wedding.
Let’s wrap this up…
There is no denying the fact that planning a wedding can be incredibly stressful.
There are so many details to coordinate and keep track of that it is so easy to let something slip through the cracks and get either overlooked or not given enough attention.
Sure there are some brides, and grooms, who are such perfectionists that they will not delegate even a single task, but for others who are willing to enlist the help of a professional wedding planner, can really make a huge difference.
Not only can the wedding planner make life so much easier for the bride by handling and coordinating many of the details of the wedding, but he or she can also help the bride find great deals through connections he or she may have in the industry and can make recommendations for experienced professionals that will help to make your wedding day perfect.
Indeed, there could be no better person who knows the ins and outs of wedding planning than a wedding planner.
If you want to increase your chances of having the best wedding possible, I recommend hiring a wedding planner.