Why exactly should you hire us? Why should you hire any event planner? You’ve got your mom, your aunt, and your girls, right? You know what you want; you’ve got a handle on which type of flowers and food you’re looking for. We get it, you’re on a budget and you’d rather spend your money on the physical things like food and decor. We also know you can ask your aunt to be in charge of your ceremony and getting your wedding party wrangled up and down the aisle. So, why do you need a professional planner at all? Sometimes hiring a planner seems like an addition to your wedding as opposed to a necessity. Sometimes a planner is considered just the cherry on top. Well, let me let you in on a few secrets you may not have figured out yet!
We are professional matchmakers
No, not for your love life – hopefully if you’re hiring us you’ve already found your soul mate. We’re like a matchmaker for you and professionals. We can introduce you to the best florist for your style and budget, set you up with the photographer who has just the right personality to make you feel comfortable behind a camera, and can definitely get you a date with a caterer who can prepare a delicious spread for you and your soon-to-be spouse! Whether you’re familiar with the area or coming home after years away, we’ve got some information you don’t have about who’s the best in the business. And trust me, judging a vendor by their website and initial meeting can be very dangerous. It’s always a great idea to have a professional who knows the vendors personally and can you tell you who’s a good fit and worth your time!
We are your advocate
When should you send save the dates and invites? How many people should you expect based on your invitation count? How on earth do you handle a hotel block? We have all these answers. You’re going to have a lot of questions because you’ve probably never planned a wedding before. If I need to change my tire, I’m going to have a lot of questions and will need a mechanic to answer them (like how do I get the car off the ground, because I know nothing about cars or how to do anything to them). It’s the same principle – we’re the person you go to for all of your questions. Just consider us your wedding mechanics! We’ve got all the experience and know-how!
You don’t have the time you think you do
According to The Huffington Post, 40% of brides spend 10-15 hours per week planning their weddings. 47% spend 1-9 hours planning their wedding each week. Tell me, do you have an extra 10 hours in your week to spare? I didn’t think so. I’ve heard of some brides who actually take a leave of absence from their job to spend time on their wedding planning. Wedding planning is very time consuming, and to take it on yourself is to take on a very big job. Also, keep in mind that vendors hold regular work hours just like you do. When you’re at work is when they’re at work. That means that there are meetings and phone calls that need to be made while you’re at work. Your planner’s job is to work on your wedding during those normal business hours that you’re teaching your 2nd graders or designing logos or whatever you do at your job. When you’re at work doing your thing; we’re at work handling your wedding.
It isn’t always as fun as it seems
I completely understand why most brides want to plan their own weddings. I obviously think wedding planning is fun considering it is my full time job. However, it is a job, and just like any other job there are great things and not so great things that you have to do. Meetings with florists to discuss bouquets and centerpieces are a lot of fun. Phone calls trying to figure out where your transportation needs to be, at what time, and how many people need to be picked up – not fun. Finding the closest hotel to your venue and reserving rooms – not fun. Unfortunately I do not live a perfect life where my job is walking around looking at pretty things and making Pinterest boards (although, I’ll admit, sometimes it is). There are some things about weddings that are down right annoying. If you hire a planner then you’re not stuck handling all the boring and frustrating tasks alone. You give your planner the info and let them handle the annoying details, so you can get back to daydreaming about wedding day hair and makeup!
We are your creative outlet
This is really more of a bonus than a solid reason to hire yourself a wedding planner. Weddings today have gotten huge. They’re often a way to showcase you and your fiancé’s personalities through all the details unique to your big day. It’s exciting to think of all the fun and creative ways you can show off your passions and personalities through your wedding. Unfortunately, it is probably not your bridesmaids’ favorite topic of conversation. Sure, at first they were so excited to see your colors, flower inspiration, and your shoes. Now, they aren’t as interested in helping you decide between a peony and a garden rose. When you hire a planner, it’s almost like you hire a wedding BFF – someone to listen to your ideas about where you want galvanized buckets full of your favorite craft sodas or whether you should have a candy bar or popcorn bar. Let me just tell you guys something. My girl friends are in such luck because I love talking about these things! Planners are happy to sit down with you and talk about the unique details that make your wedding feel like you and your soon-to-be spouse!
Your venue coordinator is not your wedding planner
On rare occasions I find a venue that will offer full wedding planning in which the venue coordinator will also direct your wedding. But when I say that is rare, I mean really rare. Your venue coordinator works for the venue. Your wedding planner works for you – I think that’s worth mentioning. While, yes, your venue coordinator will surely do what they can to help make your day perfect, their main priority is the venue. I don’t say that to make it sound as though your venue coordinator is at odds with your wedding planner. It’s actually the exact opposite – I love venue coordinators! Most of the time your venue coordinator and wedding planner are grateful for one another and work hand – in – hand to give you the wedding you deserve. We appreciate the extra support while planning your day. I visit a lot of venues and get to know a lot of coordinators. Almost all of them tell me that they highly suggest (and sometimes require) a wedding planner to handle the details that do not pertain to your wedding site. Your venue coordinator will most likely have some suggested vendors, but they are not going to sit down with you to run through a wedding day timeline and meet your florist to ensure your flowers are exactly as you ordered. They will be sure your venue is set as you requested, that you are comfortable, and your guests are happy. Your wedding planner is going to help you get in touch with the limousine driver who won’t call you back and will handle it when your florist shows up with next weekend’s wedding flowers but expects to be paid the full price. Your venue planner has your back on venue logistics. We’ve got your back on everything else.
You should be 100% present for your wedding day
No matter how relaxed you are and how much help you have, your wedding day is going to be a lot for you to handle. It is such an incredible and emotional day. You’re taking a huge step, and the seriousness, nervousness, and fun of it all can make the day a bit of a whirlwind. You should be focused on what’s happening at your wedding, not what’s happening behind-the-scenes of your wedding. What if, heaven forbid, something goes wrong. Who’s in charge of taking care of it while you’re on the dance floor. Yes, your mom can be put in charge, but really she should be enjoying the day too. Or, let’s say the day goes perfectly, who’s in charge of making sure the toasts are not forgotten, that the cake gets cut before half of your crowd has left, that the limousines and buses are there to shuttle guests back to the hotels. Hire a planner and you can focus on the important things while your planner focuses on making sure you’re happy.
We are well aware there are a lot of DIY instructions and friends and family out there. We realize many people pull off very nice weddings with no planner at all. But we also think a wedding is so much more than a ceremony and reception. The entire planning process is an experience, and it can be a fun experience bringing you and your future spouse closer or a very stressful event. We want to be involved to give you the best experience possible in addition to the best ceremony and reception possible. You only get to be an engaged couple for a short period of time. Don’t just have a happy wedding; hire a planner and have a happy engagement.
A special thank you to Christa Mazak – owner of Christa Rene Photography of Greenvile, SC and True Foundation Photography for the use of her photo. Getting married in the Greenville, SC area? Check out Christa’s website here!