You're newly engaged, buzzing with excitment to start the next chapter of your life, and it's time to start arranging the big day... but is it really worth hiring a wedding planner? In a word, the answer is YES! If I didn't genuinly believe that, I would never have trained to be one. There are many valid reasons for this, but I'm just going to highlight three of the most prevalent points....
Saving You Time
Arguably, the most common reason people choose to hire a planner, is to save them an abundance of time. Organising a wedding is a mammoth task, made up of many other tasks, small and large. According to studies, a modern wedding takes an average of 528 hours to plan. This of course can vary depending on the type of 'do' you want, how many suppliers will be involved and how many guests you would like to invite, but it gives you a rough idea of just how much of your life you would need to commit to organising an event of this scale.
Having a wedding planner is the most efficient way of saving you all this time. You won't need to spend hours researching suppliers, negotiating prices, doing admin and everything else that comes with the job. Instead, you'll simply translate your vision, and your planner will do the work for you by bringing it to life!
Saving You Money
The most common misconception is that hiring a wedding planner will be a huge added expense, which couldn't be further from the truth. Yes of course, it comes with a price, but in a lot of cases, it can actually end up saving you money. One main reason for this is that a crucial part of a planner's role is to create and manage your budget. She or he will produce an initial estimated budget based on experience, which is broken down into smaller categories. This is regularly updated and adjusted accordingly. Without this knowledge, or without being particularly good at budgeting, numbers or spreadsheets, you are faaar more likely to end up over budget!
Not only that, but a wedding planner knows what is and isn't good value for money when it comes to hiring suppliers, and when you might be being ripped off. This means that they can ensure you are getting the very best that you can afford, rather than wasting precious cash on things that aren't worth their weight in gold.
Lastly - time is money. If you are self employed, have your own business or need to pay for childcare to spare a moment for yourself, then the last thing you need is to waste time sitting at your laptop, pulling your hair out, when you could be out earning money, or spending time with the kids! Hiring a planner allows you the freedom to make money and save energy.
Saving You Stress
It should be one of the most exciting and significant times of your life! The last thing you want is for that to be overshadowed by nothing but stress. Why put up with the sleepless nights when you could simply hire an expert to deal with it all for you? It's a no brainer! You get to be involved with all the fun parts and make the big decisions, like what the colour pallete will be, which band is your favourite from your planner's shortlist and, of course, the cake and food tastings! These are the moments you want to be looking forward to and treasuring, and that is all made possible by your very own wedding planning bestie. x