You might have heard the myth that you don’t need a wedding planner for your wedding day.
Friends, if you never listen to another thing I say, listen to this: You do.
When I hear that my clients say that they don’t think they need a wedding planner, I want to hold their hand, look them in the eye, and tell them all the things I’m about to tell you now.
Having an experienced wedding planner will be some of the best money you spend on your wedding day. I have never once heard anyone regret hiring a wedding planner that is a seasoned professional. Just recently, the wedding planner at Cincy Weddings by Maura saved a huge mistake from happening. In my information, the bride had written down the hotel was at The Residence Inn. Maura had text me the night before to let me know the room number at The Renaissance. Without a wedding planner to confirm this small but important detail, my team would have shown up to the wrong hotel, throwing the rest of the day behind schedule.
Early on in my career, I didn’t get the opportunity to work with wedding planners very often. I learned really quickly this simple truth: Wedding’s still need to be coordinated, even if the couple isn’t paying someone to do it.
What does this mean?
It means your vendors and your loved ones end up taking on jobs that a wedding planner would do.
Usually these stresses fall on three parties: the photographer, the couple’s parents, and the DJ or Band.
When you don’t hire a wedding planner, your mom is having to run out to grab breakfast for you and your girls, instead of enjoying a morning of pampering with her daughter. Your photographer is having to make sure the girls are loading onto the bus at the right time instead of shooting those moments. Your DJ is playing catch up and having to coordinate with the catering staff instead of making sure your dance floor is packed.
When you have a wedding planner, those tasks are clearly delegated, making your entire day run smoother. More than running smoothly, you will be getting the best out of the rest of your vendors and your family will able to be present and stress free.
A couple of important things to note regarding wedding planners.
First, your venue coordinator is not the same thing as wedding planner. A venue coordinator is a great thing, but please don’t mistake them for a wedding planner that will be with you throughout the entire day. Consider hiring your wedding planner for more than just the “day-of”. I recommend hiring them for at least the last 6 weeks! If you are someone who wants their wedding published, consider hiring a planner that can assist in design services too!
Secondly, make sure you hire a seasoned professional. Wedding planners are an incredible asset, and it’s not the place to skimp or have your most organized friend take the reigns. Leave it to some of my favorites like Cincy Weddings by Maura, Elegant Events, I-do Weddings, Sweetheart Planners and many others!