They Don’t Just Walk You Down the Aisle:
Why YOU need a wedding planner
Wedding crashers, smashed wedding rings, drunk DJs, iced cornbread instead of cake… yep this stuff really does happen and at LOCAL weddings.
The majority of weddings I shoot do not have a planner. Some have a venue coordinator, but in many cases I find that the event coordinator is gone as soon as the food is done being served. Which is when the bride usually turns to me to ask what to do next.
A wedding planner not only helps make sure you arrive on time and gets you down the aisle but helps ensure that at the reception everything is done in a timely manner. Which can mean a big savings on your wedding day.
Let me put it this way, say you have to pay 3-4 of your vendors to stay an extra hour (happens ALL the time) that is likely to run you $1,000+ easily (And some vendors may have other weddings to go to and can’t stay!). Many day of coordinators start in that range and could have not only helped the wedding stay on time but have been on site all day to ease the tension of stained dresses, vendors arriving on time, and other emergencies that happen at EVERY wedding.
I hope you will consider hiring a wedding planner/coordinator for your wedding day. Not only can they save you a lot of stress, but sometimes the amount of money they can save you could cover the cost of hiring them. And I don’t know a wedding vendor who doesn’t prefer a wedding that has a coordinator in charge, it makes our day go by sooo much more smoothly. I also have someone to go to, should I, the vendor, have any questions, so that I don’t have to bug the bride who likely won’t know the answer for sure anyway.
I don’t know that I’ve ever been to a wedding that went perfectly. Something always goes wrong, and I usually see the stress on the bride and groom’s faces–because they are the ones dealing with all the last minute details instead of relaxing.