Planning a wedding takes time, effort, compromise, creativity, and flexibility. For some, their wedding vision is simple and casual, and for others, they want a highly-detailed, huge celebration that will impress. That is the beauty of the wedding planning industry! No two weddings are the same. Being a wedding planner means we get the privilege of not only helping our couples envision their big day but also make it a reality!
While writing this post, we are also mid-pandemic. We are biased, but more than ever we feel like now’s the time to bring on some extra help with the constantly changing plans and unknowns of the wedding industry for the foreseeable future.
The planning process can look different for everyone, but if you choose to hire a planner, we will have a streamlined process (remember, we’ve done this quite a few times) to take the guesswork out of planning. If you are thinking, “But I am organized, have the perfect resources to plan (like you know, downloading the 5,000 free templates I can find online ;)), I know what I want, I do not need a planner,” that’s wonderful! It is a great that planning is fun, and that you get to be so hands-on and involved! But if you are are trying to determine if you should hire a wedding planner, here are some things to consider.
1. Regardless, someone has to be in charge of the wedding day
Will you want to be the point of contact for issues that arise? Here are some real-life scenarios we’ve experienced as planners and have been able to manage for our couples:
- Power outage at venue goes while all 200 of your wedding guests are on their way to the reception
- Florist is running late and needs extra hands to get all the flowers set
- Setting up the chairs is something the venue didn’t communicate and you did not think of that detail when you negotiated the contract
- Your wedding reception venue went bankrupt with no notice and left you high and dry
Now imagine this scenario:
It’s your wedding day. You wake up, get ready with your girls and enjoy your coffee and mimosa. You feel no stress, and actually have enough margin to get ready, feel beautiful and enjoy the time with your closest friends and family. By the time your hair and makeup is done, your planner has already handled all setup of your decor, checked in with the caterer, photographer, venue staff, DJ, etc. And all you have to do is show up to the next thing, eat and drink, and celebrate!
Most planners have a wedding management package that ensures you will not lift a finger on your wedding day. In fact, most planners start way before that, at the 30-60 day mark to make sure all the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed, finalizing all of the details with your vendors and also helping you think through scenarios and situations you may not have otherwise thought of. When you hire a planner, all you will have to worry about is if the second piece of cake is worth it (trust us, it for sure is)!
2. The investment in a wedding is more than just your money
Of course, we need to talk about money. Now, we all know that hiring a planner is also an investment, just like any other vendor, but you’d be surprised how much hiring a planner could also allow you to have some wiggle room in your budget all while saving your sanity. You read that right – PLANNERS SAVE YOU MONEY.
For example, for one of our past brides, we were able to secure a completely FREE venue with tables and chairs included. Yes, THIS HAPPENED! With our knowledge and relationships with local vendors, we were able to score our couples an amazing deal. And although a free venue is never guaranteed, planners understand how real wedding budgets work. We help you avoid any money surprises (which is a common thing we hear from couples) and we will also help you reign it in when things get a little out of control and actually stick to that budget of yours!
3. What do you want to remember on your wedding day?
At Olive Branch Events Co. we want you to remember how fun the celebration was, not all of the stress and all the things you had to do, or all the things that went terribly wrong. You’ve been to the weddings. You’ve heard the horror stories. Your wedding does not have to be like that. So whether you are the most organized bride, or have a family member who is, that does not mean you can’t still benefit from a wedding planner who will be there to put together all your hard work.
Wedding planners PRESERVE YOUR INVESTMENT. So when things don’t go to plan (as they never do), you can rest assured that a professional is already finding a resolution for you, without you even knowing most of the time! Our job is to be your advocate. We want you to have the most memorable day of your life. It’s your big day – enjoy it!
Here are some kind words from a fellow wedding planner whose gorgeous wedding we got the honor to coordinate: