One of the first decisions you’ll need to make when planning your wedding is whether to hire a professional to help you organize it. You might jump at the chance to have someone who knows what they’re doing at the helm of planning your big day, or you might be hesitant to incur another expense. So, how do you know if a wedding planner is right for you?
IF YOU FEEL IN OVER YOUR HEAD
There are many elements to planning a wedding – so many, in fact, that there will be some you forget about or don’t even realize you need to address. Your wedding planner will know the process backwards and forwards. If you’re worried about being overwhelmed, hiring a wedding planner will be like hiring a guide to lead you through the chaos.
Whether you’re out of your element or relatively comfortable organizing your own event, a wedding planner can help you with your specific needs. Wendy Lawrence of Wendy Lawrence Weddings and Events in Saratoga Springs says that her clients hire her company for various reasons. “When it comes to planning we’ve worked with brides and grooms who run the spectrum from, ‘HELP – we have NO idea what we are doing’ to ‘We’ve got this planning thing down, we just want someone to take the reins for us on the weekend of our wedding so our families can relax and enjoy themselves.’”
IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHO TO CONTACT
One reason you haven’t decided on a venue, florist, caterer, etc. may be that you don’t know where to begin or who to put your trust in. You not only need to find vendors, but also research them online to check out their offerings, prices, and reviews. Your wedding planner will have contacts in the Saratoga area, particularly people and businesses they’ve worked with before and trust, and they will know which vendors are a good fit for your wedding.
“It’s our job to regularly communicate with wedding and event vendors,” says Wendy. “We can provide recommendations for the best florists, caterers, bands, DJs, hair/makeup, photographers, etc. based on your budget and style. This eliminates you from having to sift through Google search results!”
Since they have relationships with vendors and plenty of practice negotiating prices, wedding planners may even be able to get you better deals. If you’re hesitant to hire a wedding planner because of the cost, consider that the amount they save you while keeping your wedding running smoothly may offset the cost of hiring them.
IF YOU NEED TO GET ORGANIZED
The most important part of planning anything is being organized with lists, schedules, and budgets. In order for them to be effective, however, your organizational tools need to be complete and comprehensive. Your wedding planner will help ensure that.
“We know what’s important and what will give you more of the ‘wow’ factor that you’re trying to achieve, at each venue, for the least amount of money,” Wendy says. “We will manage your vendors… all while working within your customized budget. We negotiate contracts… as well as maintain a custom wedding planning calendar for each couple that contracts with us… [we] keep you on schedule making sure you check off your To-Do List in a timely manner.”
If you’re having trouble feeling on top of everything, hiring a wedding planner will make the process simpler.
IF YOU WANT TO RELAX
Knowing that you have someone on your side who knows the process and has everything under control will take some of the pressure off you. That’s not to say that you can or will have a hands-off attitude towards your wedding – your wedding planner is not making all of your decisions for you, they are only helping you to do so in a well-informed and efficient way. With less pressure on you, you’ll be able to enjoy the months leading up to your wedding all the better.
On the day of your wedding, you will also greatly benefit from having a wedding planner. You’ll want to enjoy your big day with your family and friends, not worry about whether everything is going smoothly.
“You will have tons of assistance on the day of your wedding,” says Wendy. “Wedding planners are the first vendor onsite and the last to leave. We take command of the venue, the vendors, coordinating logistics and ensuring everything runs smoothly. If any issues do arise, the wedding couple will never know about them because we will put that fire out immediately!”
Organizing and coordinating all of the elements of your wedding is stressful, so if you think hiring a wedding planner will improve your peace of mind, consider hiring one to make your wedding a more enjoyable experience.