Even if this is not your first wedding, a wedding planner brings so much experience and know-how to ease the wedding planning process. With knowledge of what to expect on the big day and close connections to vendors, it is smart to find a wedding planner that is familiar with your area. What may be the best thing about wedding planners is that they will fight for your vision from start to finish.
The best day of your life can turn into the most stressful in the drop of a hat. Planners can keep things stress-free. From a vendor's perspective, working with a wedding planner instead of directly with the bride or groom or their parents can keep things streamlined and stress-free. They don’t want to have to bother the couple and cause stress over a simple mix-up that can be easily resolved by the planner. For example, the caterers are all cleaned up and ready to leave but haven’t been paid yet. Should they interrupt the bride and groom or a parent during the toasts to get their check? How horrifying for everyone involved
A wedding planner also keeps everything on track and organized. Just imagine you’ve just said “I do!” and you are taking your family pictures. You start to think “Who is supposed to be in these pictures? Is everyone here? Where’s grandma?! Are the guests enjoying cocktail hour or are we taking too long. Does the caterer have the food ready? Does the DJ know how to pronounce my bridesmaids’ names when we are presented? Where do we even stand when we go into the reception?” It’s enough to make your head spin. But for your wedding planner, it’s all in a day’s work! You focus on smiling and continue to enjoy your day and let your wedding planner handle the rest.
Hiring a wedding planner can actually help you cut down the cost of your dream wedding. A great wedding planner will help you to select the perfect wedding venue for your needs and overall budget. They also have connections with vendors like caterers, photographers, DJs and florists. Wedding planners have been to a lot of weddings, tried a lot of food, seen a lot of floral arrangements and bouquets and perused their share of photo galleries. If you let them know what you are looking for, they know who to go to and what to ask for. They can help get you the best deal and discounts, too. Wedding planners are repeat business and couples are probably not.
According to Costhelper, expect to pay around $1,500 to hire a day-of wedding planner, while a full-service planner ranges from $5,000 to more than $10,000, depending on experience and demand. But because of all the cost saving, your planner will keep you in budget, including their own fee.
Maybe you have event experience yourself, your fiancé is great with spreadsheets, or your budget just won't allow it. After you've booked your major vendors, you could still decide to consult a planner midway through the process as most planners offer partial or customized packages. Another option is to hire a day-of coordinator. They help run the event so you can enjoy your day.
No matter which way you go, we advise you to do what makes you happy and helps you to enjoy your special day to the fullest.
Are you near Montgomery, Texas? We’d love to host your wedding ceremony and reception at Jennings Trace. Contact us to learn more or arrange an on-site tour.