Why hire a wedding planner?

16 Feb

wp_11Many people ask me why they should hire a wedding planner. It’s a fair question since I am in fact, a wedding planner. So I thought I would write a post today as to the purpose of a wedding planner at your big (or small) affair.


Planning a fairy tale wedding is probably a dream that you have had since you were in pigtails. You have dreamed of the dress, the cake, the bridesmaids, and the honeymoon. These all seem like pretty simple subjects to address when the time comes to begin planning the big day. Right? Wrong. It quickly becomes too much too handle. Consult with a professional wedding coordinator…. you will save time, money and alleviate unnecessary stress at any point in the planning process.


Our job is one that is not easily explained… there are many facets to what we do. We act as your counselor, shield, middleman, financial advisor, mediator, negotiator, delegate, therapist and more! We keep you organized, inline with your goals and focused…. All while making sure you enjoy the entire process!

As you and your fiancée begin to think about your wedding, you may easily become overwhelmed with the many decisions that you must make. Everything from invitation wording to where Grandma will sit, who to invite and where to go on your honeymoon!


Wedding worries often build up as quickly as the cost of the wedding. And after the reality settles in, it’s shocking to discover of how much preparation is involved. The average wedding can take more than two hundred and fifty hours just to plan! This planning usually must be done over and beyond your daily jobs and everyday life. With today’s hectic lifestyles, you may not have time to compare all the options, making sure you get the best deal, and make sure all the details are in place. If you haven’t planned a wedding before, how are you supposed to know who to contact, how much things should cost, who is a dependable vendor and a timeline for when you should nail down the details? You aren’t supposed to know…. that’s what we are for! You are going to invest thousands of dollars for your wedding…. shouldn’t it be done right?


A coordinator is essential to a well planned affair. There is a myth floating around that has people believing that all Wedding Planners are not affordable for working-class individuals. A long time ago, only the elite society knew of and had access to Wedding Planners. Today, Wedding Planners are very common and hired by everyday working people. The truth is a bride and groom will save more money when working with a Wedding Planner because planners are trained to work within every budget and negotiate with vendors. Whether you are wealthy or not, Wedding Planners are a smart choice when it comes time to plan your special day. Most of the time, we can save you the same amount, if not more, than the fee you are paying for our services.


We bring recommendations and experience in negotiating contracts with caterers, florists, photographers, and other suppliers, saving valuable time and money. We can often find and take advantage of discounts not available to private parties and avoid costly mistakes, while turning your dreams into reality. Be assured that we are not here to make decisions for you, but to guide and assist you in making better informed decisions. Our training, knowledge, and experience will turn your dreams and expectations into reality. More than anything… we want you to host a beautiful and distinctive event which you and your fiancée can also enjoy.


A lot of our job happens before the big day- but on your wedding day we are there to make sure everything runs seamlessly and that you, your fiancée, your families and your guests will have an enjoyable and unforgettable night. All of the little things will be taken care of… so you can soak up every moment of your big day, with no worries! That’s what we do.


How do you know you’re hiring the right coordinator? TRUST is important in any relationship. You should feel completely comfortable with the coordinator and feel assured that he or she completely understands what your needs are. Your personalities should match.


How Do Wedding Coordinators Charge for Services?

Wedding coordination fees vary greatly from coordinator to coordinator.

Here are some examples of how coordinators may charge you:

              A percentage of the overall budget.

Fee based on amount of wedding coordinated.

Flat rate for day of services plus 15% of vendor contract costs.

              Fee based on number of guests.

              Flat rate based on amount of work needed.

              Hourly Rate (Often greater than $40 per hour).


So go on and leave the worrying to the planner and concentrate on your role as a blushing bride.This is your day and all eyes will be on you.  So smile, laugh, cry, dance and be happy. Have a fun and stress free wedding!



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One Response to “Why hire a wedding planner?”

  1. strawberryshortcake February 11, 2010 at 1:06 am #

    Hiring an events coordinator takes the big chunk of the wedding preparations off your shoulder. Wedding organizers are really great help as they have the expertise and connections. For those couples who do not have any knowledge about organizing, seeking professional help would be very helpful.

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