Should I Hire a Wedding Planner?
Each one of us dreams of that big day; flashing lights, that beautiful white dress and your family and friends gathered all around you, crying tears of joy as they see you and your prince charming taking your first steps as husband and wife.
On the outside, wedding planning may seem like a lot of fun; you may even have helped a friend or a family member plan a wedding. I can actually guarantee that all girls my age (even myself) and older have a Pinterest board named a very cliché name like “My Dream Wedding” dedicated to everything they wish they can have on their wedding day.
Preparing for your wedding is a full-time commitment though. Between booking vendors and choosing every element of the décor, juggling multiple suppliers and coordinating deliveries, accommodation, bookings all the while struggling to be on top of your budget, and if you’re both working and you have a busy schedule and lifestyle things can get a lot more stressful and overwhelming.
Now take a deep breath, close your eyes and imagine this: A stress-free wedding day, someone calling you to let you know that all is well and clear and that your presence is the only thing missing. Everything going on without a hitch, no wedding detail left unattended to.
Hiring a wedding Planner can be the best gift you can give yourself when you get married. They can help you have the day that you want, reducing your stress levels massively and best of all, they can actually help you save money too. So this just leaves us with the big question, What are the advantages of hiring a wedding planner?
Take The Responsibilities off your Plate
Wedding-related tasks are sure to eat up a great deal of free time. Between your full-time job and social commitments, you might already feel like you don't have an extra minute to spare. Hiring a wedding planner allows you to hand off those more time-consuming responsibilities to a professional. Your planner can schedule appointments, deal with vendors, and work through the nitty-gritty issues of your day.
Stay on Budget
Many people shy away from hiring a wedding planner because they think it will be too expensive. However, the opposite is often true: a wedding planner can actually save you money by keeping you on budget. You probably have an idea of how much you want to spend. But do you know how you’ll break down that budget to properly cover every expense? Probably not. And unless you love spreadsheets and math, you should leave that to the wedding planner. Wedding planners have the experience to calculate how much of your budget should be used for what, based on things like how many guests you’ll be having. Once they have a rough idea, they’ll go over the budget with you to make sure you’re spending exactly the right amount for the wedding you want.
Whole Day Coordination
As opposed to simply coordinating one aspect of your wedding, wedding planners are trained to plan out the entire day from pre-ceremony to post-reception. While some venues have an in-house coordinator, they usually only manage the events related with the venue like scheduling and catering. They don’t really help manage all the details, from the most consequential ones to the tiniest ones that hold importance to you. An external planner will be able to take care of it all.
Tons of insider Knowledge
A wedding planner regularly communicates with florists, caterers, DJs, stationery designers, hair stylists, and photographers. She can recommend the best vendors for your particular celebration, meaning you don't need to spend hours sifting through Google search results. What's more, the wedding planner can potentially negotiate deals you wouldn't get otherwise since they have an ongoing relationship with most local vendors
Save Your time
Weddings are rare and special events. In the weeks and months leading up to the big day, you’ll want to be able to experience every moment of excitement to the fullest.
Plus, there’s already enough to do before your wedding. You need time to get in shape (if you want), shop for the perfect attire, pick the right flowers and food, and so on. When you hire a wedding planner, you’re free to focus on the things that really matter, so you don’t have to waste your time on pesky details of communication and planning.
Pay Attention To Detail
Of course, there are some details that deserve all your attention, like exactly what your bridesmaids will be wearing. However, it’s hard to get every little detail right when you’re trying to do it all on your own. A wedding planner’s job is to miss no detail for this special day. This lifts a huge weight off your shoulders – no more need to be a wedding perfectionist. Let your wedding planner make sure everything is taken care of so the day goes smoothly.
You’ll be exposed to new ideas
Most brides-to-be spend hours scrolling through Pinterest and flipping through bridal magazines in search of fresh inspiration. But a planner will have countless brilliant and original ideas for your ceremony and reception, many of which can't be found online. Whether you want a unique centerpiece or memorable dessert spread, she'll brainstorm something that will knock your socks off.
In the end, the only thing that will matter are the memories made. Everything comes and goes, but a girl's wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and each one of us deserves to enjoy that day to the fullest.
Written By: Salma Eissa