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5 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner First

5 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner First
By Natasha Burton from loverly
on Oct. 13, 2015

As soon as you start the process of wedding planning, it can feel like there are a million things to do all at once. Set the date! Book the venue! Tell everyone! In many cases, you may even struggle with what-comes-first conundrums like, Should we choose a date we love andthenlook at venues, or find out when out dream location is available first?

However, one thing you might want to do before anything else is hire a skilled planner or coordinator to guide you. (In many cases, your venue may require that you have someone at least stage managing your wedding on the day-of.)

Here are five key reasons that scoring this vendor first will make your planning smoother from start to finish.

  • Your planner has expert budget insight. This isn’t your planner’s first rodeo. He or she has likely worked with a number of couples and has a good overall sense of what you can and can’t afford, where you should save and how you should splurge, for your particular budget. A planner can help you weigh time of year, location, and whether something more all-inclusive might be better for your celebration, which is key when choosing a venue, catering, and many other decisions along the way. He or she will have you on the right track from the onset.
  • A planner can help with venue selection. Your venue is a significant part of your wedding. Your planner can explain, in detail, the differences he or she sees among a selection of venues you’re considering—and even reveal certain aspects you may not have considered. For instance, he or she can give you the pros and cons of choosing a space that requires you to rent everything from tables to lighting to bathrooms, how transportation might factor in with a venue located on the edge of town, and give ideas for back-up plans in case of bad weather.
  • Your planner comes equipped with insider knowledge that can steer you in the right direction—and save you time. If you’re the DIY type, your planner can share insight on where to order materials. If you’d like to do your own flowers, he or she can give you the skinny on the wholesale retailer in town that sells to the public on one day a week. If you must have a crazy-amazing dessert that will wow your guest, he or she knows the best local pastry chef who once appeared on a season of Cupcake Wars. Because he or she has seen it all, your planner can answer any question you might have to make your day come t life. Meaning that you don’t need to spend hours doing research.
  • Your planner may have connections. When it comes to booking other vendors, your planner will know everyone in town. He or she may be able to broker deals with friends in the industry to give you a better rate, and warn you about vendors to avoid. You want your vendors to be your dream team, so this can be super helpful when weighing who to hire.
  • Your planner can be your liaison. Because your planner deals with the nitty-gritty details like contract negotiation, he or she will be your advocate when it comes to booking a venue, vendors and so on. As the bad cop to your good cop, he or she will do the dirty work while you can maintain positive relationships with all of your vendors. You’ll get to focus on the design and the day to come, not on the bottom line.

 

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