Okay so I must admit, as a Wedding Planner I am totally biased on this topic, nevertheless here it goes:
Reason #1. You deserve everything to be perfect on your big day
As a woman, your wedding day is probably high up the importance hierarchy along the likes of your graduation day and the birth of your first child.
Being women we are emotional creatures and weddings are by far when we let out all the water works. This is the one day that you have probably fantasized about from the time you were a little girl and you can’t afford anything to go wrong. It takes months to plan and prepare and everything has to be just perfect to the very last detail. In order to be stress free and be happy, you need a Wedding Planner.
Reason #2. You don’t want to spend hours finding suppliers and trying to figure out who is trustworthy
Wedding planners already have their trusted network of suppliers who they have long standing relationships with. Use this to your advantage or else you will spend hours trying to find the best reliable suppliers at the best prices. That’s no easy task!
Wedding planners can recommend suppliers they’ve worked with before and know how to get the best rates and the best results from them. Even if they have to use a new supplier, they know how to find the best one for your style and price.
Reason #3. You don’t want to worry about forgetting to plan or pay for something.
That dreaded never ending checklist! It’s daunting to think you have it all covered only to find out the hard way out that a supplier wasn’t paid or confirmed and therefore certain services will have to be cancelled.
Luckily a Wedding Planner knows what needs to be done like the back of their hand! They will keep track of all your deadlines and remind you when things need to be done and decided on. Nothing will ever be missed, and there’s no danger that something won’t turn up on the day because of poor preparation.
Reason #4. Your venue’s “Wedding Coordinator” isn’t really your Wedding Planner
Many wedding venues these days have a “wedding coordinator” on staff, typically the couple’s main point of contact with the venue. While these planners are valuable (and I truly mean that. Site coordinators make my job easier, for sure), don’t expect them to take care of all your wedding needs. Their job is to ultimately represent the interests the venue, not the couple.
The site planner’s job is to:
- Make sure the venue staff is doing what they are supposed to do.
- Make sure no damage is done to the venue. And while some site planners are willing to do some extra set up for the couple, many will not do things like setting up escort cards and decorations or consult with vendors on anything other than arrival times.
But keep in mind, that’s generally as far as their services extend. A wedding planner goes beyond these tasks and can help you manage your budget, mediate disputes with your family, tells you what flowers are in season on your wedding date, takes you to meet the other suppliers, researches prices, and the list is endless.
Bottom line: Even though your venue may have a “wedding coordinator,” chances are that person is not a substitute for a professional wedding planner.
Reason #5. You need help figuring out the budget
I’ve never played golf in my entire life. But, imagine if I wanted to take up golf as a sport and I went to a golf gear store and was promptly asked what my budget was buying golf clubs I would have NO idea since I don’t know what gear I would need and what options I might have.
Wedding budgets are exactly the same. Most couples have never thrown a celebration like a wedding before, so why would they expect themselves to know how to budget for a wedding? A professional wedding planner can help you figure out a budget for the event that’s just right for you.
Reason #6. You need help focusing your vision.
One of the greatest blessings of getting married in the era of Pinterest is the wealth of inspiration and ideas that couples have to draw from. However, that blessing can fast turn into a curse when it comes to narrowing the focus and put together a cohesive event that truly reflects a couples’ personality.
Oftentimes, one of the couple’s biggest struggles is finding their final wedding look from among the thousands of pictures, pins and blog posts (like this one *wink*) they have been drawing inspiration from.
Bringing a vision to life is a tricky business, and a professional wedding planner can help you incorporate many of the elements that inspire you into a cohesive and meaningful wedding
Reason #7. You don’t have time to plan a wedding
Planning a wedding is a lot of work. It is actually a part time job considering all the time spent planning throughout the engagement. Not every couple has the time/energy for planning a wedding between their jobs, other responsibilities like parenting and social lives.
A great deal of wedding planning happens during working hours (Monday-Friday 9-5pm), as many vendors and venues keep regular business hours. Again, many working couples can’t take the time off work to get some of that planning work done. A professional wedding planner can handle the daytime hour tasks required to make sure your wedding is just as perfect as you dream it will be.
If you both work and you don’t want wedding planning to take over your life, a professional wedding planner can take a large chunk of the planning time off of your plate.
Reason #8.You’re struggling to meet the demands of your friends and family.
One of my all-time favourite lines from “Our Family Wedding” movie is “Their Wedding…Our Marriage”
My husband and I had to remind ourselves of this phrase throughout the wedding planning. Actually from the day he proposes to when “oMalume” (your uncles) start with the lobola negotiations you will realize this and its best to make piece with it sooner rather then later.
Many couples face the harsh reality of their families having a different idea’s of how their wedding should be like. Many brides have to deal with the stress of conflicting opinions from their friends and family about how the wedding should unfold, and it can be hard to please everyone.
Well with a wedding planner you can make lemonade out these lemons as a wedding planner can professionally deal with your family’s expectations, show you the available options and can be relied upon to give you expert advice so you make an informed decision.
Reason #9. You’re planning a wedding somewhere other than where you live.
When I got married, I was faced with this dilemma. I am from Newcastle KZN, but had relocated way prior to my wedding and already lived in Durban KZN when I got engaged.
However as much as Newcastle is my home I hadn’t lived there in over 10 years and had no idea where to start looking for vendors and literally had no time to hunt for local suppliers as I lived in a city 4 hours away. Another challenge was finding suppliers that had the items that I wanted to make my day perfect and I was not willing to settle for less.
Other brides might want a romantic destination wedding, but you can never be in two places at once. How do you manage juggling planning in a foreign city or country along with all the other smaller stresses that come with it. Plus it’s hard to organize suppliers that you’ve never met or imagine a space you’ve never seen in person.
Even weddings where the ceremony and reception are in two different locations can be a night mare when it comes to making sure both vendors are in sync at all times.
A wedding planner with experience in organizing weddings has a trick or two up their sleeve for getting the job done the way you want, so do yourself a favour and get a wedding planner!
Reason #10. You need to relax and have fun, You’re getting MARRIED!!
The truth is, planning a wedding takes a lot of time, energy and focus. Sure, some bits of it are fun and exciting, but then there’s the endless research, details to remember, payments to make and so on which aren’t so much fun but are very necessary. Using a wedding planner means you’re in control.
It’s definitely your day, your way, and you have a specialist working on your behalf to do the legwork, reduce your stress and ensure every detail is your kind of perfect.
The greatest joy I derive from my work comes when I can see my couples living in every moment of their wedding day, because that means that they will actually get to remember their wedding.
Happy BLAQUE FRIDAY!!