Thank you to Choco Studio for the picture above!
Congratulations on your engagement! Now, what? If I were you, I’d hire a professional wedding planner. I’m a little biased. OK, I’m A LOT biased. I’ve been planning weddings for over 25 years. If there is one thing I’ve learned I think you should know it’s that a professional wedding planner is not a luxury.
In those years changes have taken place one of the biggest: people’s expectations of weddings. The lavish movie, celebrity, and television weddings have raised the bar. The truth what you can afford may not meet your expectations.
Weddings are expensive! Your wedding is likely one of the most expensive things you do in your life. You consult an expert when buying a house or planning your retirement, why not for your wedding? The average wedding takes around 250 hours to plan and execute. That is equivalent to slightly over six full-time work weeks.
My Questions to you:
- Do you want an “average” wedding?
- Do you have 250 extra hours to spare?
If your answers to these question is no then a professional wedding planner is the answer. Here’s how professional wedding planners will help:
A sounding board: We listen to your needs and wants. We bring creative problem solving and inspiration to the process to make your dreams come alive.
The big picture: There are a lot of moving parts to a wedding someone has to have the whole wedding in mind all the time. A professional wedding planner knows how to manage all the moving parts to keep everything running smoothly. Perhaps more important we can see where trouble might pop up then head it off.
Mediator: Tricky situations happen in wedding planning there is no avoiding it. It’s impossible to make everyone happy when planning a wedding (or any other time). A professional wedding planner is a safe, neutral third party. We can be the referee, be the tie breaker and when needed take the fall, so you don’t have to be the bad guy.
Translator: Sometimes expressing your dreams to others especially to people who don’t know you and whose goal is to sell you something is frustration. A professional wedding planner is well versed in communicating visions and translating them into practical language, so the communication between you and the supplier partners is evident. Clear communication is vital in turning dreams into reality.
Your money has limits: Unless you have wealthy parents willing to foot the bill, you have a limited budget. It doesn’t matter if your budget is $3,000 or $3,000,000 there is always a limit. A professional wedding planner will help set a realistic wedding budget, based on your dreams and individual financial situation. We know what things cost and the difference in value. We help navigate the confusing waters of wedding industry prices. We can administer the budget around YOUR priorities.
Less Stress: Over the years I’ve talked with couples who didn’t take the opportunity to have a professional wedding planner. Almost all said in one way or another by the time the wedding came around; the process had been so stressful that they just couldn’t wait for it to be over. Every time I hear that it breaks my heart, planning your wedding should be joyful, not stressful.
Experience: This is likely your first time planning a wedding. Professional Wedding Planners have been in the industry for years. We have expertise in the protocol, etiquette, and everything it takes to plan and execute your perfect wedding. We have access to resources and suppliers you can trust.
Warrior: You need someone to protect your interests, a Professional Wedding Planner’s number one job responsibility is making sure you get the wedding you want at a price you can afford and that no one takes advantage of you. Everything else listed above is valid and important but nothing is more important than finding your warrior.
Hiring a professional wedding planner might seem like an extravagance; in the long run, it will be the best money you spend on your wedding.
Now think about your wedding, then ask yourself these questions:
- Do I have unlimited time to plan my wedding? No
- Am I able to visit suppliers during the daytime when their offices are open? No
- Am I comfortable negotiating contracts? No
- Am I prepared to deal with disagreements? No
- Can I deal with last minute problems that come up the day of the wedding? I could but I don’t want to
- Do I want to enjoy this special time? Yes
If your answers match, those above time to find your professional wedding planner!
Finally, I want to give you a little hint: When calling a Professional Wedding Planners don’t start by asking “How much do you charge?” All the “how much” question gets you is the “That depends on…” answer. If you describe the type of service you want and the wedding you are hoping to create. With that information, we can tell you roughly how much our fees will be. Prices vary based on what you ask the planner to do and how large or complicated your wedding will be. Most planners have levels of service that can be customized to fit your needs and budget.
Best wishes for an enjoyable wedding planning experience and a long happy marriage, Gwen