As a to-be-wed, you are probably aware of the basic tasks a wedding planner is responsible for: keeping track of your budget and helping you stay organized. I am here to tell you that a planner is so much more than that! Before diving in, I want to mention that a venue coordinator does not equal a wedding coordinator. A venue coordinator is looking out for the venue’s best interests, while a wedding planner’s first priority is you. With that said, keep reading to discover the benefits of hiring a wedding planner.
It goes without saying that wedding planning can be incredibly stressful. With so many choices and moving parts, it can be overwhelming. The good news is, you don’t have to do it alone! Even the most organized and creative brides and grooms-to-be can benefit from delegating some or most of the planning to a seasoned professional.
Your primary job on your wedding day is getting married and enjoying yourself. You shouldn’t be stressed about your vendors being late or putting the finishing touches on your decor. A wedding planner will take care of the details so you can relax and be fully present.
One of the hidden benefits of hiring a wedding planner is that you’ll get more bang for your buck when it comes to other vendors involved in your wedding day. Planners spend time developing relationships with their network, which gives you a certain amount of leverage when you decide to work with a planner. These vendor partners have a lot vested in their relationship. They are not only trying to please you; they are trying to please your planner as well.
There is more of an incentive for your planner’s vendor partners to either go above and beyond for you as the client or give the planner the best deal possible since they have a working relationship. Of course, there is no guarantee that you will receive a discount, but the planner will ensure that you’re getting the best value for your money.
The goal of your planner is to help keep your wedding in check and going to bat for you. Wedding planners have no problem managing your budget, negotiating costs, and helping you with big money decisions—it’s their job. A wedding planner can help keep you and your partner accountable when it comes to your budget.
Though not to be confused with a therapist, a wedding planner is like having a non-judgmental best friend. They have been there and can be a third-party voice to help you navigate tricky situations or conversations.
Your wedding planner wants to make you happy, and they want to hear you out. Whether you’re excited about the venue and your friends don’t want to talk about it anymore, your planner is there for you no matter what. When there’s a wedding planning-related conflict, they can be a mediator or a listening ear.
A wedding planner may not always agree with you, but they have your best interests in mind. Of course, a good planner will work to make your dreams come to life. But if you’re making an impulsive decision or a choice that will cause logistical issues down the line, it’s the planner’s job to step in. In essence, a planner should be your voice of reason.
It’s easy to default to what you know when planning a wedding (like wearing a white dress and having an aisle with two sides). However, a wedding planner can help you think outside the box to have a truly unique and personalized event. It’s important for couples to keep their own needs in mind when making certain decisions throughout the wedding planning process.
Weddings are about celebrating you and your partner’s love, so it’s important to include the things that are important to both of you. Since they’ve been to so many weddings, planners have a huge knowledge base to tap from. Working with a professional wedding planner can make sure that your wedding day feels like you.
If your love story involves different cultures, religions, or traditions, a wedding planner can help you blend it together perfectly. Whether it’s planning an outfit change for the reception or performing a special ceremony during your reception, a wedding planner can help you come up with creative ways to honor your beliefs at your wedding.
They can truly work wonders if you take the time to find the right fit for you. Wedding planners can be heavily involved in the overall process, so you must trust them. That’s why it’s so important to thoroughly do your research, ask the right questions, and make sure they are a good fit for your personality. Once you give them your trust, your planner will make the wedding of your dreams a reality.
A professional wedding planner can help you completely reimagine the space in your venue. Whether your dream is to bring the magic of Paris to a small town, or a very unconventional guest seating arrangement, a wedding planner can make it happen. One of the main benefits of hiring a wedding planner is that your planner is there to please YOU, so don’t be afraid to articulate what you want (and don’t want)!