In a time when DIY weddings are becoming more and more popular, fewer people are opting for a wedding planner. In fact, according to Hitched, only 4% of couples let a wedding planner do the lion’s share of the wedding planning. But we’re here to tell you that you need a wedding planner! At Victoria House, we see hundreds of weddings every year and couples that use wedding planners are always more relaxed. Here are the reasons that we love wedding planners.
Keeps You on Budget
One of the main reasons that couples don’t opt for a wedding planner is that they can’t afford it. Sure, you are going to have to pay for their services, but it could end up saving you money overall.
A survey by You and Your Wedding found that 50% of brides expect to go over budget – which is crazy to us! What’s the point of a budget if you expect to spend more? This is one of the best reasons for using a wedding planner – they will make sure you stick to your budget. They’ll also help you be realistic about how much everything is going to cost and suggest areas where you could cut back.
Helps You Avoid Costly Mistakes
Think about it this way – your wedding is likely going to be the first and last one you’ll ever organise. So, you probably don’t have experience and you won’t get a chance to learn from your mistakes. We’re not saying that you won’t be a natural at it, but you could benefit from expert advice.
In an article on Brides.com, there’s a story about a bride who wanted bagpipers at her wedding. The only problem was, she hired five bagpipers (at a cost of $1000) where one bagpiper would have been enough. She could have had an extra $800 to spend on the wedding if she’d ask for some help.
One of the best things about wedding planners is that they’re experienced. They’ve seen every costly mistake in the book and will be there to stop you from making them.
Helps You Stick to Your Vision
If you’re like us, you’ve probably been dreaming about the perfect wedding since you were a kid. A beautifully decorated venue, the most elegant dress, guests having fun – it’s all part of your vision. Your wedding planners’ job is to help you realise that vision. They take whatever’s in your mind’s eye and make it happen on the day.
They’ll be 100% focused on making sure your day is everything you wanted it to be. After all, their job depends on it. This is something you should talk about with your wedding planner from day one. Make sure they know your vision, so they can really buy into it.
Reduces the Stress of Wedding Planning
It’s become a bit of a cliché in recent years – everyone who’s planning a wedding is stressed up to the eyeballs. The reason? They’re doing everything themselves. Imagine organising a party for hundreds of people, where you have to feed them, keep them entertained, and hope all of your vendors turn up. In a recent article, we wrote about how to avoid pre-wedding stress. And one of our main tips was to get a wedding planner on board. Let them coordinate the vendors, fix seating problems and take care of every other stressful task that crops up.
Wedding Planners Know the Best Suppliers
One of the main advantages of hiring a wedding planner is that you get access to all the best suppliers. They plan hundreds of weddings, so they know the best catering suppliers, entertainment, florists, and everything else you’ll need for the big day. Of course, you don’t have to go with their suggestions, but it’s a nice option to have. And, because they build up a relationship with different suppliers, they can often get you a discount, which is another reason your wedding planner is worth their weight in gold.
Helps the Day Run Smoothly
When it comes to planning your wedding, most of the work is done before the big day. But that can all come crashing down if there’s no one to help you coordinate the day. A lot of couples opt to leave this up to their best man and maid of honour, which can sometimes work really well. But it’s always better to have a professional planner on-hand to assist the wedding party.
The wedding planner has been a part of your plan since day one. Apart from you, they’re the person that best knows the ins and outs of your wedding plan. They can help coordinate the venue staff who need to flip a room quickly. They can rush things along if you’re behind schedule. And, they can liaise with vendors to make sure everyone turns up on time and gets paid.
Wedding Planners Have Seen It All
Everyone’s heard their fair share of wedding nightmare stories. But don’t worry, your wedding planner has seen it all before and won’t be fazed by anything. This is important because it will stop you from getting stressed or letting something unexpected ruin your day. They are a source of wisdom and will help you fix anything that could spoil the best day of your life.
Allows You to Enjoy Your Engagement
This is one of our favourite reasons for hiring a wedding planner. Your engagement is one of the most important times of your life. You and your partner have declared your devotion to each other and are preparing to celebrate your love in front of all of your family and friends. So, why would you want to waste this time being super stressed out about whether your flowers are going to match your place cards, or who’s going to sit next to your grumpy uncle? You can get involved with all the fun parts of planning your wedding and leave the stressful stuff to your wedding planner.
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