So he finally proposed, you said yes! Now what? You have so many plans in your head, many of which you think you can execute yourself. The question that many brides ask themselves is, “Do I Really Need a Wedding Planner?”
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The average bride spends 250 hours organizing her wedding - that's equal to 6 full-time working weeks!
Saving you valuable time isn't the only benefit of using a wedding planner. Wedding planners are NOT only for those couples with enormous budgets. Most couples are on a restricted budget and want to do things right. A wedding planner will help you set a realistic wedding budget, based on how much you have to spend. In most cases, a wedding planner will save you money.
Here are some typical thoughts you might have when considering whether you need a planner:
1. I can’t afford it.
2. What will you do that I can’t do on my own?
3. My sister, friend, mom said they will help me with everything.
4. The venue will coordinate the wedding for me.
Here are my top 6 reasons why you need a planner:
1. Planners can customize packages to meet the needs of your wedding, and they know how to think creatively to save money and get you what you want!
2. You can’t do everything by yourself – brides, moms, friends – they are working and have their own lives. You can’t keep on track with your job and the jobs of others for such a big event.
3. You need a professional who can help you make decisions and be impartial. Your wedding planner doesn’t know Aunt Betty or your BFF Jennifer and will help you make decisions that are pleasing to you – not others. The planner is a good mediator between the bride, groom and relatives.
4. Contacts — A successful wedding planner should have relationships with top-notch vendors at discounted rates. They will be more apt at getting a better deal on those floral arrangements than you, so utilize their resources!
5. A venue will only be partial to the preferred list of vendors who may have ads in their marketing brochure. Your planner will know a variety of vendors and choose ones that are in the best interest of the client and their budget.
6. Wedding planners are known problem solvers and are built to solve emergencies and have contingency plans.
So…do you think YOU really need a planner?