If you’re just digging into the details around your dream day, there’s probably one question that keeps creeping up: “Do I really need a wedding planner?” Whether you’re hoping to skip the investment and tighten up your budget a bit, are endlessly ambitious and feel you’re up for the challenge, or simply love a little DIY (you crafty thing, you!)—if you find yourself considering whether or not you’re ready to tackle planning your own wedding without the help of a seasoned pro, there are some things you should consider first. Today, then, I wanted to offer up three (very important) questions to ask yourself as you decide whether or not to bring a wedding planner on board.
1. What venue is going to let you throw the wedding you’re dreaming of?
Location, location, location. When it comes to planning your dream day, understanding the nuances of different venues plays a pivotal role in throwing a seamless celebration that meets your expectations. At any given venue, there are a number of restrictions that could put a damper on your design dreams and/or stop you from being able to bring to life the environment you’re set on creating for your guests. Whether it’s a noise restriction that inhibits you from hiring the band of your dreams, an environmental restriction that means you can’t wrap those pine trees in twinkle lights after all, or a safety regulation that puts the kibosh on that candlelit reception you had in mind—every venue has its own unique challenges to consider. Having a clear design vision in mind is one thing—finding a venue that will allow that vision to happen is an entirely different beast. A seasoned wedding planner will understand what venues in your area are best suited to host the day of your dreams—without setbacks, surprises, or stipulations getting in the way.
2. Do you know the best wedding vendors in your area who are within your price point?
Your dream day takes a dream team—and I’ll let you in on a little industry secret: not all wedding vendors were created equal. Finding professional vendors who can follow through on their promises, keep you in the loop throughout the process, and stay within your budget is a massive undertaking if you don’t know where to start. One of the best things a wedding planner brings to the table (aside from plenty of champagne and a killer day-of emergency kit, of course)? A deep understanding of the area vendors who are great at their craft across different price points—a skillset that will save you an incredible amount of time, stress, and sanity in the long-run.
3. If anything goes sideways, do you want to deal with fixing it?
From contracts gone awry and unwelcome weather to missing RSVPs and family drama—a wedding planner’s number-one job is to put out fires without you ever lifting a finger. If (knock on wood) an unforeseen emergency arises that means you have to reschedule, she’ll help you do so seamlessly and without losing out on deposits. Or, if you signed a vendor contract without fully understanding a certain clause, a wedding planner will know how to help mend things and ensure you’re given what you were promised and paid for. On the day of, she’s there to check up on vendors and ensure the deliverables exceed your expectations, and she’ll quietly deal with any hiccups that arise (everything from last-minute seating switches to gathering unruly wedding party members for photos) without ever needing to pull you in to help. If your dream is to celebrate your wedding day without having to work it, having an experienced wedding planner on board is the only surefire way to make that happen.
Planning on tying the knot in the Youngstown Area? Reach out today and we’ll get a call on the books! I’d love to learn more about the celebration you have in mind and how I can help make it a seamless, stunning, stress-free reality.
*Photo by Tracylynn Photography