Just engaged and wondering if you really need a planner? Every bride has different needs and budget ranges so it really comes down to three things: (1) know your time constraints – work or school schedule / how much time do you really have before the wedding to plan and then determine if you can handle the entire to do list; (2) know which pre-wedding items you would enjoy handling and then make a list of those items you really aren’t interested in; and (3) figure out how much of the budget you can allocate towards wedding planning assistance – the last thing you want to do is add financial stress on top of planning stress. Which comes to the MAIN reason brides hire planners – to alleviate the stress of planning their wedding through full service, partial service or day of coordination services.
A “day of” wedding planner is the most budget friendly and cost-effective. They are there for you through the entire wedding weekend from the rehearsal through the reception celebration.
Below are a few other reasons why you should consider hiring a “day of” planner at least for your wedding day.
- A planner will assist with any last-minute items, questions or advice on your wedding day.
- A wedding planner will take care of each vendor as well. They will put together a timeline listing each vendors’ arrival, where they will set up and any other questions that they have on the wedding day and also distribute payments.
- A planner will be there to help get everyone in the right place at the right time for the wedding and reception announcements.
- A planner will handle any wedding day emergencies that may come up.
- A planner will be at your side most of the day letting you know what is next and where to be so that there is a nice flow to your day.
- A planner also sets up all of the bride’s items – favors, thank you notes, cake serving set, photos, table numbers, place cards, etc.
- There are so many other reasons but can’t list them all like bustling the dress, handling food and beverage issues, making room for guests that didn’t RSVP, incorporating a rain plan at the last-minute, etc.
- Also, just a reminder that there is a difference between a venue coordinator and a wedding coordinator – they have different responsibilities and both are essential to a successful day.
To whatever extent you can afford a planner, it will be very BENEFICIAL, and I’m sure you’ll be very happy with your decision then you can focus on getting married and enjoying the entire day!