FAQ Series: Why you NEED a wedding planner

Again, we LOVE Every Last Detail blog, and agree with 99% of their posts about wedding planning. They compiled a good list of reasons why you would NEED a wedding planner. We added some of our own touch to the questions, but this post was derived from an ELD post. We give them full credit for writing such informative content for brides.

Why do I NEED a wedding planner?

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The necessity of a wedding planner crossed my mind when I started planning my wedding, but I didn’t actually see it until someone else pointed out all of the reasons. My wedding planner was my fairy godmother, and was the best wedding investment I ever made. So here are some signs that you might need a wedding planner…

1. You work a demanding full time job, so does your fiance, and you don’t have any family to help (or they all work full time too!).

2. You don’t have time to research, read blogs, look for inspiration, and email all day every day.

3. You’re planning a wedding at a place that you nor any of your willing-to-help family members live.

4. You’re relying on another vendor to handle your wedding day- one who is NOT a wedding planner for YOU.

5. Your fiance is getting mad at you for not spending enough time with him and spending too much time looking at/obsessing over wedding stuff (okay, you might still do this even when you have a wedding planner, but it’s a legit reason).

6. You’ve booked your venue and date, but it’s been a few months and you haven’t done anything else beyond that.

7. You have no clue about what amount to budget for things, or you’re having a hard time staying on track and have already gone over the budget.

8. You’ve developed ulcers from the stress associated with wedding planning.

9. Family tensions are starting to develop because of the wedding, and you’re stressing out about them. (WARNING: often occurs with female family members!).

10. Panic sets in when you start thinking about your wedding day., and all the things you still need to do.

11.Your family is voicing their opinions, and it’s frustrating to you. You’re trying not to hurt anyone’s feelings, and you’re stressed about making sure your wedding day is yours, and not someone else’s.

Of course there are many, many more reasons, but you would be reading this all day long! Ultimately, you DESERVE to not be stressed about your wedding. You DESERVE to enjoy your wedding day, and the days leading up to it! Let a planner handle all of your stresses- you deserve to have fun planning your wedding!

(derived from source: http://theeverylastdetail.com/2011/08/25/thursday-tips-10-signs-you-might-need-a-wedding-planner/)

Why do I need a planner/coordinator when my venue provides a site director, venue coordinator or event manager? 

I’ve heard it several times- “Oh the venue coordinator will handle everything, I don’t need a wedding planner/coordinator.” What most brides don’t know is that the venue coordinator is just there for the VENUE, not you. (Nothing against venue coordinators- I love them and they’ve helped me out a lot!) 

To clarify what a venue coordinator does…

– A venue coordinator is looking out for the best interest of the venue. A wedding coordinator looks out for the best interest of YOU, the bride. The venue coordinator deals with everything having to do with the venue- food, setup, etc. A wedding coordinator will deal with aspects of the venue, such as setup, and will make sure everything is to your specifications.

– If your ceremony is at a location other than the venue, like your home church, your wedding coordinator will be there with you. A venue coordinator will not be at that offsite ceremony. If the ceremony is at the venue, the venue coordinator will be there to help with the coordination of the ceremony.

– A wedding coordinator stays by your side throughout the day and night. They will make sure your drink is always filled, that your hair & makeup is always impeccable, and will always fix your dress, or your grooms collar. They are there to tell you when things will be occurring throughout the night, such as the cake cutting, bouquet toss, toasts, etc. I personally arrive before the bride & groom do, and I stay until the very end of the wedding, until all of the guests are gone. A wedding coordinator will treat you like a princess, all day long, making sure that nothing comes in the way of your happiness. A venue coordinator, oftentimes, arrives 30 minutes before the ceremony, stays until the meal is served, and then leaves after. Some may stay until the cake is cut and served. He or she will not be by your side throughout the day or night. Although the venue coordinator will do their best to keep you happy, he or she likely will not be involved if the best man hates your cousin and they are sitting near each other or if your bustle breaks.

– A wedding coordinator contacts your venues before your wedding to make sure everyone is confirmed and knows what time they will be arriving. A venue coordinator may only contact vendors that have to do with setup of the reception, not others, like your photographer or hair/makeup.

– Venues are known to have a high turnover rate among the coordinator/sales positions. The person that you book your wedding with may or may not still be there when it comes time for your wedding a year, year and a half later. Your wedding coordinator is hired by YOU, hand selected by YOU, and won’t be going anywhere (unless, God forbid, something horrible happens, which is like a once in 10 years kind of thing!).

 (source: http://theeverylastdetail.com/2010/06/10/thursday-tips-wedding-coordinator-vs-venue-coordinator/)
Thanks ELD for the amazing content you provide to the wedding industry!
If you missed our previous posts on FAQ’s visit the FAQ category page!
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