So your big day’s right around the corner – congrats on your engagement! When it comes to planning the big day, you’ll probably be in one of two camps – the couple that can’t wait for the moment they tie the knot but really dread the thought of organising the entire day, or the enthusiastic duo who want to be in charge of every single decision! Regardless of which camp you fall into, you should understand what exactly a wedding planner can do for you to ensure your wedding is exactly as you envisioned and so much more! Let’s take a look at the top 10 reasons a wedding planner will be your best asset.
1. Save Time
Initially, you might think about the key elements of a wedding and get excited – the dress, the venue and the guests. But when you actually sit down and make a list of everything you need, like most couples, you are sure to feel overwhelmed. The average couple will spend 200 hours planning their special day – do you really have that much free time? Having already established strong working relationships with suppliers, your Wedding Planner will have streamlined processes in place, making every element of your wedding easier to plan, saving you precious time.
2. Save Money
A wedding is something most people only plan for once in their life, so it’s a given that the average person wouldn’t be on top of what every single element should cost. For this reason alone, many couples are taken advantage of and end up paying a lot more than they should. The emotion of the occasion also tends to take over the budget limitations. Hiring a Wedding Planner eliminates the guesswork, instead you have an advocate in your corner who knows your budget, can optimise it (strong relationships with suppliers mean savings for you!) and importantly has your vision in mind but can work subjectively.
3. Industry Insight
The wedding industry generates over $2 billion annually with the number of suppliers growing every day. Although having so many options is great, it also means that you have to blindly navigate the market to discover who is reputable, who offers value and importantly, who can deliver the wedding of your dreams. A Wedding Planner has a close network of suppliers they can rely on, they know who to trust, who offers value for money and ultimately who can deliver on their promise.
4. Save Your Sanity
Memories of your wedding should fill you with butterflies, joy and happiness, not stress and regret. Engaging a highly reputable Wedding Planner to take care of organising your special day ensures you don’t stress about how your dream wedding came to be. Your engagement should be a time to enjoy with your partner, unnecessary stress shouldn’t even be in the picture.
Rather than stressing for months on end, entrust a Wedding Planner, someone who is passionate and who thrives on organising and bringing dreams to life!
5. Nail Your Budget
Money is notoriously the source of many avoidable disagreements. Instead of arguing with the person you love, a Wedding Planner will take your budget and maximise the value you receive. Think of a Wedding Planner as a Financial Advisor who specialises in weddings! They will know exactly what everything should cost, how to allocate your budget for each area and importantly they will stay on top of the all-important payment schedule. Wedding Planners offer invaluable advice, recommendations and cost-saving tips – all of which you wouldn’t receive if you went out on your own!
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6. Visionary Mastery
So you’ve had this picture of you marrying the partner of your dreams amidst a fantasy setting – that’s all very well but how do you bring your vision to life? Reputable wedding planners are excellent communicators, creative and highly skilled in meticulously defining your ideas so that they can be brought to life just as you imagined. A wedding planner will sit down with you and determine the exact mood, style and atmosphere you wish to create.
7. Protect Your Relationships
This one applies to your relationship with your partner and with friends and family. Whenever a wedding comes around, everyone seems to be an expert on something! Your sister thinks you should choose one venue but you mum thinks another venue would be perfect! Planning a wedding on your own is stressful enough without having to consider the opinions of 50 other people! This is a valuable reason why you should invest in a wedding planner – they will not only be able to deliver the wedding of your dreams but importantly they will protect your relationship with your loved ones, avoiding problems before they occur and acting as a buffer when conflicts do arise.
8. Valuable Experience
As much research as you’ve done, it will never compare to the experience of a professional wedding planner. The wealth of knowledge they offer truly is invaluable. Wedding to-do lists are pages long so it’s no surprise people going it alone forget something! Your wedding planner knows what needs to be done like the back of their hand; they will keep track of deadlines, communicate with you along the way and advise you when decisions need to be made. Having a checklist is one thing but pre-empting risk requires experience from a highly experienced professional in the industry – a Wedding Planner.
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9. The Ultimate Organiser
One really important issue that arises when couples have a go at organising their own wedding is not realising the role of certain suppliers. In particular, the venue coordinator at that dream destination you’ve chosen! Venue coordinators are there to showcase their venue, they are there to make you fall in love with it and then sell it to you; they may be able to recommend suppliers but that’s usually where it ends. A wedding planner, however, will take care of everything – from budget management and family dispute resolution right through to researching items and advising you if your favourite flowers will be in season for the big day! Wedding Planners are hired to be YOUR advocate.
10. Expertise to Minimise Risk
Everyone likes to be optimistic about a wedding, but unfortunately, any event will have certain risks associated with it – from weather to logistics. If you’re thinking about planning you own wedding, you’ll also have to put your risk assessor cap on and unveil every single thing that could go wrong. Let’s face it, if weddings aren’t something you plan every day, it will be very difficult to identify them all! A wedding planner minimises risk for a living, they know how to seamlessly orchestrate the wedding of your dreams and they have the resources, knowledge and experience to guide you through any obstacle so smoothly that you’ll have thought it was part of the plan!
So we’ve just looked at the 10 top reasons a wedding planner will be the biggest asset for your special day! A wedding is one of the most significant milestones in your life, it should be a magical day to look back on and your engagement should be a time to enjoy (stress-free) before you enter the next stage of your lives. A reputable wedding planner loves their job, they will have an innate passion for planning, take great pride in saving you time and money and ultimately they are driven by their love for people and their creative genius to bring your dream wedding to life. Leave stress at the door and engage a reputable wedding planner! Stay tuned for our upcoming blog on how to choose a reputable wedding planner.
Ms Polka Dot says: Jason’ sgreat advice is key to consider, especially thinking of your wedding planner as your financial advisor for weddings – costs can really spiral out of control way too easily!
Jason of Love 2 Love Wedding and Event Planner: We realise that for a couple, their wedding is usually the first large event they will host together for their family and friends. For that reason, you will have our full support along the way, ensuring you, your partner, your family and friends enjoy what will be your best day ever!