HIRING A WEDDING PLANNER: NECESSITY OR LUXURY?

Hey Dolls!

Here is a little article that AKM Events Contributed to the Spring issue of Wedding Essentials Magazine.  I thought it was definitely worth a repost.  Enjoy!

Hiring a wedding planner is a big decision for most brides.  Some even think it’s a luxury that they cannot afford.  This is simply not true.  Many planners have packages to compliment any budget. To me and some other wedding professionals I know, hiring a wedding planner should be the easiest decision of your life.  But, in the age of the DIY and Pinterest Bride, most are excited to tend to every detail herself.  This makes perfect sense!  Except… there are some advantages to seeking the help of a professional that you may not know about. This expertise could be invaluable to the bride and groom.

 Image by Lauren Albanese Photography

Image by Lauren Albanese Photography

Exclusive connections. Wedding planners are often privy to industry discounts and can negotiate contracts on your behalf.  Some vendors even offer special pricing if you book through your wedding planner. They have also worked with many different vendors and have experience with choosing the best in the industry to suit your needs.  For instance when choosing a photographer, you would want someone that understands your style and family dynamic. After all, they would be capturing the most important moments of the day. This is true with all of your vendors and a planner can assist you with this process.    Your wedding planner will help you choose the perfect vendors without breaking the bank.  Remember, your planner has done this countless times before.
Design Concepts.  You may have a whole inspiration board designated to the theme of your wedding.  But most brides don’t really know how to take these inspiration boards and turn them into something unique and personal to the bride and groom. AKM Events’ consultants and designers are highly skilled in creating stunning designs for their couples and choosing the right vendors to compliment that personal style.   Your wedding is not just a celebration but a memorable experience for you and your guests. We can even suggest money saving options for the DIY Bride because DIY does not always mean less expensive.
Essential Details. Let’s face it; the bride and groom have enough to deal with during one of the most important days of their lives. At AKM Events, every detail matters. We know how important this is when planning the wedding of your dreams. Did you remember to bring the marriage license, the favors, the guestbook, envelopes with final payments… OMG did you feed the dog before you left? Yikes! Your planner can help you with all of the important details of the day so you can rest easy. This day should be fun! Our goal is to eliminate any stress allowing you and your family to enjoy your exquisite celebration.

 Image by Jeff and Julia Woods Photography

Image by Jeff and Julia Woods Photography

Budget, Budget, Budget!  I can’t even count how many times I’ve heard  “I don’t know” when asked what the overall budget is.  This is the most important detail!  A consultant can help you plan all of your wedding day details as well as budget planning and organizing vendor spending.  Prioritizing is key! First, figure out what you are comfortable spending on your special day.  This is a decision you may need to discuss with your fiancé and maybe even your family. Choose a budget plan online or involve your planner for assistance. Next, start crossing items off the list that don’t apply to you.  For instance, if you plan on wearing your mother’s vintage dress, the money allotted for that can be spent elsewhere.  Then, sort each item by most important to you.  If you NEED to have an awesome photographer but you aren’t crazy about having fresh flowers, you can reallocate that money.  Adjust the percentages to apply to your unique situation. Again, your planner can assist you with this process and will help you remember to budget money for those little forgotten items like shoes and bridal party gifts.  Once you have set your budget, stick to it!

 
Whether you are a DIY bride or someone who needs every detail taken care of for you, I would recommend seeking the support of a planner.  You may be surprised how affordable it can be and how beneficial it is for a flawless affair. Hiring a planner can even help keep your sanity which is priceless.  Good Luck and Happy Planning!