Saying “I do” can sometimes feel like a gateway into another long chain of big-deal decisions. But, rest assured in knowing it’s so very common for love birds to feel this way when working out the details of their ceremony and reception. Before you get all doom and gloom too, let’s talk about how a planner can help you, soon-to-be-wed, mellow out, gain added clarity, and realize your vision for your big day.
Weddings come in all shapes and sizes—and so does the menu of services offered by wedding planners. For large-scale events requiring in-depth creative direction, full-service planners can work with you anywhere from one year to six months leading up to your soirée. À la carte planners, in turn, can help manage specific aspects of the execution closer to your event, rather than overseeing all moving parts.
When it comes to balancing responsibilities with poise and grace, nobody does it better than wedding planners. Much like Liam Neeson in Taken, they’ve got a very specific set of skills that can be tapped into to handle almost everything in your to-do list, from choosing the perfect bouquet to finding a rare piece of hardware to suspend that delightfully whimsical chandelier that really ties the room together.
Communicating your expectations
Sometimes, that thing you have in mind can be exceedingly hard to communicate to a supplier. Planners are like long-lost soulmates—of the platonic kind—who know exactly how to convey the intended look and feel of your day to outside parties. Most importantly, whether you’re going for a ritzy ball or a pastoral scene, they’ll know just the venue and vendors to hit up to make it happen.
Expanding your horizons
If you’re anything like most couples, you’ve probably already spent countless hours flipping through bridal magazines and doom-scrolling on Pinterest for ideas. While these are wonderful sources for inspiration, wedding planners have access to pro-grade resources that can help you really hone in your vibe. Looking to give your own special spin to that palatial dessert spread? They’ve got you covered.
When you work full-time and juggle day-to-day duties, like caring for your loved ones, yourself, and your home; planning a wedding can feel close to impossible. Worst yet, reserving time to solo it on weekends can leave you feeling burnt out and like you can’t catch a break. Working with a pro gives you time back to focus on much more pleasant things, like swooning over your new engagement ring.
Stretching your budget
There’s a massive difference between planning an event from scratch and doing so with a pro with a little black book of vetted and tested contacts. It’s not only about maximizing efficiency, but also about the potential to secure attractive savings. Wedding planners are experts at crunching numbers, negotiating great deals, and finding creative workarounds for getting exactly what you want for less.
When you’re unfamiliar with the marketplace, cutting corners can result in costly mistakes. That high-rated hair stylist you thought would make your bridal party look picture-perfect for a fraction of the cost could be an absolute flop. Another perk of working with a wedding planner is the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re working with a reliable and trustworthy network of suppliers.
Adapting to uncertain times
We make plans and then life happens. From tiny calamities, like April showers, to unprecedented challenges, like a global pandemic, sometimes the universe can throw a wrench in our plans. Planners excel at making sharp, snap decisions and coming up with effective solutions so the show can go on.
Putting out fires on your big day
Realistically speaking, there will be at least one hiccup during your wedding. Luckily for you, a planner will be there to catch it before anyone even notices it. From improvising a playlist to buy your DJ some time to set up to polishing champagne flutes a minute before your first toast, they’ll avert every crisis.
Focus on the forever part
We saved the best for last. The most important part of working with a professional you can trust is being able to be fully present to soak up every second of your special day. Instead of getting caught up in minutiae, you can stay focused on the amazing journey you’re about to embark on with your beau.
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