There are literally thousands of articles about how to plan a wedding a wedding yourself…enlist your family and friends, make your own centerpieces, the list goes on and on!
Just take a few minutes and ponder this with me. Taking these short cuts may save you money (typically they end up costing more), but they absolutely do not save you any time! Isn’t that one of the most important things that you can never get back????
Hire a wedding planner… It is just that simple.
Two of the most popular excuses I hear are “I can’t afford a planner, they are too expensive” and “I want to plan it all myself, it won’t be my wedding if someone else does it”
Both are FALSE!
When you invest in a professional wedding planner, you are investing in your time saving future! It is our job to visit venues and be knowledgeable about their limitations and pricing. We spend a lot of time networking and creating relationships with vendors. Those of us who also design, spend time learning about design and how we can best advise/serve our clients. I am your trusted resource. You wouldn’t try to redo all the plumbing in your home by reading an article or watching a YouTube video. You wouldn’t try to rewire all the electrical in your luxury car, by yourself. You would hire a plumber or a mechanic because that is what they specialize in and they can save you time, money and a lot of hard work.
The same is true of a wedding planner. My job is to guide you through the planning process. That means I will advise you on the best vendors for your event, best venue and also make sure that all the details are all taken care of. Those clients who understand and trust the process have the most success and are truly allowed to enjoy their wedding day!
Your investment in a wedding planner is not just to have someone on site on your day. We spend HOURS going over your contracts, planning your meetings, event design, communicating with other vendors and creating your timeline and that is just the short list. To make it even more plain, typically a planner can spend at least 2-3 hours per week (some weeks it is more depending on where we are in the planning process) working on full production clients projects and their projects can last a year.. That is over 150 working hours prior to your wedding week, during that week we spend about 40 hours working not including wedding day which is typically a 12 to 14 hour day! Would you go to work every week for a year and spend that much time on a project and get paid $5,000-$6,000 for the project? Can you feed your family on that?
- Do your research
- Interview several planners and go with the one that is the best fit for you and your fiance.
- Trust the process and don’t micromanage your planner
- ENJOY YOUR WEDDING DAY, and let them do their job
- Remember ” You get what you pay for”, there is a cost to doing business and experienced professional planners like myself have their rates set for a specific reason.
Happy Wedding Planning!
-Make it Simple and Chic