You all know I am always looking for ways to streamline the wedding planning process and make your lives easier.So this month I’ve partnered with the wonderful ladies from Pink With Envy Event Planning Services, a Dayton-based team of wedding planners, to bring you a 3-part series with the scoop on the value of having a wedding planner. Keep reading below for the first installment.
The Value Of A Wedding Planner
Hi everyone, I’m Brooke, one of the wedding planners from Pink With Envy Event Planning Services. Unfortunately, one of the worst things I hear when a client gets to me late in the planning process is “I just can’t wait until it’s over!” Here you are investing all of this time, money, and energy into the moment that will kick off the beginning of a new chapter in your life and you just can’t wait for it to be over and done with? This frustration typically comes from a few main areas – not knowing where to start, having too many options and choices, and being overwhelmed by how you are going to make it all come together. All of this coupled with the pressure to be “Pinterest Perfect” and to possibly appease other family and friends can be daunting.
We, wedding and event planners, liken ourselves to being a conductor of an orchestra, we aren’t there to play every instrument, but we make sure everyone comes together at the right time to play beautiful music. Would you build a house without a general contractor or project manager? So why on earth would you invest $25-30k+ (the average cost of a wedding in our area) into something without expert guidance and advice?? I assure you spending money on a planner, in the end, will most likely SAVE you time, money and your sanity! Good planners will want to actually recoup their cost for you. Some of the ways we can do this (while keeping your mental well-being intact and hopefully making the process enjoyable for you as well!) are:
Our Experience in Events:
Many times we have already worked at your venue, navigated similar issues you are having and can troubleshoot just about anything you throw at us. Remember we do this for a living. Many times you don’t know, well, what you don’t know! That can be costly in itself. By working with a planner, who can work a few steps ahead of you, you are ensuring you don’t incur any costly mistakes that could impact your budget and timeline.
- Vendor Referrals – A planner who takes the time to get to know the vendors in their area is like finding a unicorn, a four-leaf clover, and a pot of gold, all at once! We can almost immediately tell who will match up with you based on your budget and style preferences. This is a huge time saver for you; not having to research and interview every potential vendor and then praying you’ve made the best decision, can be invaluable. We also know who amongst the area’s vendors works well together and where they work well together. When you get the right mix of talented vendors to come together for your event, it’s like a magical wedding miracle that only offers you the best wedding experience possible!
- Recognizing the Time Value of Money – Sure you might think you are saving money by hot gluing 23,546,746,541 mason jars, but really is that an effective use of your time? Many couples forget the time value of money and end up spending about the same on some DIY projects and possibly even more by spending the time to try to do it themselves. I am not anti-DIY, but having someone there to help guide you on what you should DIY and what you should really hire an expert for is priceless. You would be surprised what you can still accomplish within budget without having to spend every night with a hot glue gun in your hand and feeling overwhelmed or frustrated!
- Pulling It All Together – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve viewed a couple’s Pinterest board and thought “Oh man, they really don’t know what they want!” Or they will have all these awesome ideas but have no idea how to bring them together into one cohesive thread. A planner comes with an objective eye.They are trained to see how things come together meaning they can help you figure out what inspirations should stay and what doesn’t really fit into what you are trying to accomplish. Getting you to commit to a vision helps you stay focused, stay on the budget, and ultimately lifts the weight of “Wedding FOMO” (Fear Of Missing Out).
If you are curious about what a relationship with a wedding planner is like, most offer an initial complimentary consultation to get to know each other and to gauge where you are in the planning process. I encourage you to take advantage of this and learn more. I can’t tell you how many clients turned their “I can’t wait until this is over” into “I’m so glad I hired you!”