When planning a wedding, many couples are faced with the decision of whether or not to hire a planner. If you have a tight budget, spending the extra cash on a wedding planner may seem more like a ‘nice to have’ rather than a ‘must have’, especially if your venue provides a day-of coordinator. But, you should be aware that there is a big difference between hiring a wedding planner using the in-house coordinators at your venue.
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First of all, in-house coordinators work for the venue. Yes, they are there to make sure your event runs smoothly, but really, they are there to make sure that the venue’s obligations are met and that you are adhering to the rules of the venue. When you hire a wedding planner, they handle everything on the day, and most importantly, they are there for you.
Whether you hire a wedding planner to plan your whole wedding, or just to coordinate day of, their job is to make sure everything is running smoothly, before and after the allotted time of your wedding. They will be there all day and they will help with everything from setting up, to making sure your vendors arrive on time, to helping pack up your gifts at the end of the night.
On your big day, having a planner creates a sense of ease and calm not just for you and your partner, but for your family, the wedding party, and all vendors. They communicate with everyone working on the day, which eases stress for you. It’s so helpful for vendors like your photographer to have a planner to ask the logistical questions about where they need to be, so we can be one step ahead at every part of the day. It makes for a more enjoyable experience for you and everyone involved. And when an issue arises, your planner will swiftly problem-solve without you even knowing. Who doesn’t want to be stress-free on their wedding day? Hiring a coordinator can make this a reality.
As mentioned above, wedding planners can be hired for a variety of time frames from full planning, month-of or even day-of coordination. With full planning your planner will help you plan every aspect of your wedding including suggesting vendors, theme coordination and negotiating contracts. Day of coordination involves your wedding planner being there just for your wedding day and running point on everything from set up to tear down.
The number one reason to hire a wedding planner is to reduce stress. Whether it is full-service or a day-of planner, hiring an experienced wedding professional can ease a lot of your stress. They want you to look and feel your best, and when you’re relaxed and in the moment, it shows on camera!