1. What is a Wedding Planner?
A wedding planner is someone who plans your wedding from start to finish. She’s there by your side from the beginning to help guide you through the wedding planning process. She outlines a feasible timeline, helps decide and manage your budget, provides vendor referrals and negotiates contracts, schedules and attends all vendor meetings with you, coordinates travel and hotel arrangements, manages the rehearsal, comes up with design ideas to fit your theme and oversees everything on the wedding day to make sure things go smoothly. Wedding planners typically spend anywhere from 80 to 250 hours planning your big day.
2. Why should I hire a wedding planner?
Hire a wedding planner if…
- 1. You have the budget for it.
- 2. You want the least possible amount of wedding-related stress.
- 3. You have no free time because of a demanding job.
- 4. You have no clue where to start when it comes to planning, and your organizational skills aren’t good.
- 5. You have a very short time frame for planning.
- 6. You’re throwing a destination wedding and/or a wedding weekend involving multiple events.
- 7. You’re hosting your wedding in an unusual space (read: not a hotel, restaurant, or banquet hall).
3. What to look for in a Wedding Planner?
It’s important for you to find a planner that you instantly get along with. You need to also ensure that you’re able to trust the planner as there are times when planning can get difficult. Even if they may be incredible at what they do, ensuring that your personalities click and that you trust them 100% is key.
4. Is it worth hiring a Wedding Planner?
No matter how organized you, your family, or your bridesmaids are, you’ll never be able to stay on top of everything the way a wedding planner can. After all, they’re professionals!
5. Is it alright if I only hire a Wedding Coordinator instead of a Wedding Planner?
The biggest thing to note is that a month-of coordinator won’t be involved in wedding design or recommend vendors like a full-service wedding planner would. Instead, a wedding coordinator typically comes on board in the month leading up to your wedding, focusing on logistics and organization (fine-tuning your timeline, jumping in with vendor communication when needed, etc.).
Hire a Wedding Coordinator if…
- 1. You don’t want to end up working on your wedding day.
- 2. There are lots of loose ends to tie up in the 30 days before your wedding.
- 3. You don’t know how to create a timeline. No really, you don’t.
- 4. You need someone to make sure your ceremony goes smoothly.