The short answer is yes. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. You've probably been dreaming about it since you started dating, and you will definitely relive it for years, if not decades, to come. With all the other vendors you have to hire, you may be tempted to save money by planning the wedding yourself.
Here are our top 10 reasons why you should reconsider:
Stress. Being the point person on your wedding day will cause you noticeable stress and prevent you from fully enjoying your special day. Turn those unwanted tasks over to a wedding planner. Whether it be creating and managing a detailed timeline for the big day, coordinating your vendors, or locating that special linen you desperately want, you will have a champion representing your best interests.
Time. While it's difficult to determine exactly how much time it takes to plan a wedding, experts estimate between 100 and 300 hours. A wedding planner can cut that time in half by taking on tasks and offering guidance that can save you from countless hours of unnecessary work.
Budget. A wedding planner can help you create a realistic budget and help keep you on track throughout the planning process. They can also offer advice on where to spend your money to make the biggest impact and may be able get small discounts you don't have access to.
Vendors. Venues, photographers, DJs, florists, and more! There are so many wedding vendors to choose from that it's easy to get overwhelmed. A wedding planner can connect you with reputable vendors that match your budget and style.
Mediation. Believe it or not, you may have one or two disagreements with family members and/or vendors while planning your wedding. How many guests each party can invite? Are colored stickers the only way to indicate dietary restrictions? A wedding planner can help resolve these disputes, allowing you remain positive.
Therapy. There will inevitably be times during the wedding planning process that you just need to cry or vent. A good wedding planner will listen, and when appropriate, turn your concerns into solutions.
Negotiation. Wedding planners have leverage with vendors who want repeat business that you can't give them on your own. This may not always result in an up-front discount, but it can get you special treatment and attention.
Mishaps. A good wedding planner can help bring your unique vision to life and keep you from making mistakes that could hurt your pocketbook and haunt you for years to come.
Creative ideas. Staying on top of the latest wedding trends is not only their passion, it's their job. You only get one wedding, and you want it to be a special reflection of you and your partner. And let's be honest, different from everyone else's.
Fun! Having a wedding planner will allow you and your family to relax and enjoy the entire wedding experience. A friend once compared his daughter's wedding to buying a Lexus, driving it around for a day, and then driving it off a cliff. While there is some truth to that analogy, hiring a wedding planner will make the drive more fun.
So, when you're tempted to cut wedding planning services out of your budget, especially when the venue tells you they provide an event coordinator, remember this. They represent the venue. You're going to need someone in your corner to pull together all of the details and make sure your special day and your entire engagement is something you'll remember fondly for the rest of your life.
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