Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Do I Need a Wedding Planner?

You’ve just gotten engaged, the euphoria of the moment is now in the past, and all you can think about is the big event. Where will we have the ceremony? Where will we have the reception? What type of flowers do I want? What colors do I want? Invitations, place cards, meal service, and the list goes on and on. Now you say to yourself, do I need a planner? While I cannot answer that question, because it will ultimately be up to you to decide this, I will cover some reasons why you may need one, as well as the benefits to hiring a wedding planner.

So the first question to ask is what is a planner? A planner is a specialist who plans weddings, or assists in the planning of weddings on a professional basis. You may hear this person called a planner, consultant, coordinator, etc., for the purpose of this blog we’re going to use the term “Planner,” but know this can be interchangeable. This person is part advocate, consultant, advisor, confidant, friend, counselor and a whole lot of other things. A professional wedding planner has a wealth of creative ideas and avenues to contacts in the wedding vendor world. Here are the top five reasons you may need a planner, and how they can help plan your special day:

1 – You and your fiancé both work full-time jobs and simply don’t have enough time to plan all the details for this special event.
A wedding planner’s schedule is very flexible, they should be available to meet with you based upon your schedule. Weekends, evenings, holidays it simply doesn’t matter. A planner’s job is to obtain the details of your event and put all the wheels in motion.

2 – You’re way behind on your checklist and schedule.
A wedding planner can step in at this point and get you back on schedule. A good wedding planner will know what needs to be done, and knows the ‘who’s’ and how's’ to make it all happen.

3 – You can envision your wedding but you have no idea how to make that vision a reality.
A wedding planner is very creative and imaginative, and knows where to find all those unique and dazzling touches to transform your wedding into an absolute fantasy. Their wealth of knowledge, and relationships with vendors in all categories, ease the transition from dream to reality.

4 – You’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and generally wishing you had decided to elope.
Everyday wedding planners organize details and transform visions to reality. They will arrange the endless details, organize logistics, communicate with the large number of vendors and service providers, arrange your schedule and timeline and control your budget to ensure a smooth event.

5 – You can’t envision your wedding
This may not be something you have thought about since you were little. You may have no idea where to start, or even what is available in the market. Sit down with a planner and give them your likes and dislikes. They will have many questions for you, and by answering them to the best of your ability you will give the planner an idea of what you want, and will use their creativity to wow your guests.

There are many other reasons that you may be asking if you need a planner for your wedding. In a recent survey conducted by and the International Institute of Weddings, 72% of recently married brides who did not use a wedding coordinator for their weddings said that based on their experience, if they could do it over again, they would indeed hire a wedding coordinator to assist with the planning process, or at least to be on hand to supervise the wedding day itself. Make an appointment and visit a few planners and see how they can make your day more enjoyable. There is no re-wind in real life, especially when it comes to a monumental occasion like your wedding day. After all, you only get one shot at the biggest day of your life, only one chance to make it amazing, why gamble with disappointment?

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