Planning a wedding without a wedding planner is like buying a house without a realtor or investing in stocks without a broker. If you are not in the industry, you don’t know how to maneuver around efficiently. During the wedding planning process, a bride will either be thinking, “What did I get myself into?” or “Why haven’t I been planning weddings all my life?”.
The one thing those brides will always have in common, the need to use a wedding planner. If you absolutely dread the planning process or are feeling overwhelmed, the simplicity of your tasks that comes with a wedding planner is like drinking hot cocoa on one of these cold winter nights. Nothing could be better than letting someone else who is trained in negotiation and meticulous in planning to take care of everything. If you have fallen in love with wedding planning, you still need the expertise the wedding planner will bring and the money management skills they have acquired over their many years of creating relationships throughout the industry.
1. The investment pays off. According to The Association of Bridal Consultants, “The average total cost to hire a wedding planner or consultant is $3,636 in the northeast and $2,635 in the south. The national average is $3,262.” The cost is also dependent on the actual package which typically ranges from consulting, the day of coordination, to full-service wedding planning. There is a misconception that a wedding planner can simple acquire specific discounts from vendors. However, wedding planners are meticulous with the budget you give them and will work through several scenarios to bring your dream wedding to life with the budget at hand. Without using a wedding planner, you are likely to spend money on items that you didn’t need or could have gotten elsewhere for less. As you start the planning process, you will realize how quickly some of the smaller items add up and how necessary it is to know the price structure of each type of vendor. The investment of $3,262 can quickly pay itself off once the entire wedding is pieced together entirely.
2. Letting someone else deal with the stressful moments. No one needs more stress in their life. We know the investment you and your soon to be spouse have put into this one perfect night, and that’s just it, you want and deserve that night to be perfect! Now, your vendors will do everything they can to make it flawless but sometimes mistakes happen, or the planning process becomes overwhelming. The $3,262 investment of a wedding planner will be looking very appealing when that first crisis occurs, whether the dress isn’t right or all the bands in town are already booked up.
3. It will always be your vision. Let someone else tell your soon-to-be mother-in-law that they cannot bring their high school friends’ daughter’s cousin to the wedding or that red roses will not be in the centerpieces. Planning a wedding can be hard enough when you’re working towards your own vision, but dodging requests from friends and family can make planning impossible. Get a trained professional that is paid to be on your side of the vision and can nicely but firmly deny requests from anyone that isn’t you and your finacé.
4. Years of experience. Even if you fall in love with wedding planning, no one can deny that experience in any field is a huge benefit. Hiring a wedding planner means you are gaining the experience of every mishap your wedding planner has been through, from rings stuck on fingers to venues overbooking, they have been through it all and survived! A wedding planner right here in New Hampshire, Kaleena Guzman of Kagem Chic Designs, is one of the best sources of information when planning a wedding! Her experience in the field is just one of the reasons our brides always rave about her!
5. Vendors who you can trust. Hiring vendors are inevitable, so that means some of your wedding day fate will lay in the hands of others, that’s why hiring trusted vendors in a necessity. Every wedding planner has a list of vendors they have worked with before, and they also will work directly with your venue and their list of trusted and reliable vendors that have completed serviced at their venue.