If you’re in the midst of wedding planning, you might also be in the midst of a full-blown panic. Picking the photographer, securing a DJ, figuring out the timeline of the day — the details add up and become totally overwhelming to keep track of. But there is an alternative. If you hire a wedding planner, you can quickly hand off the majority of the planning duties.
You’ve probably heard of wedding planners, and maybe you’ve even considered one. But do you know all the ways they could potentially help you to pull off your dream day? Here are eight things you probably never knew wedding planners include in their regular duties.
1. Help Budget
One factor that deters some couples from hiring a wedding planner is the cost. Wedding planners, of course, charge a fee. However, they balance things out by helping you create a budget
for your wedding. If you’re not sure what’s appropriate or realistic to spend on your big day, your wedding planner can offer some insight. And once the budget is set, they’ll make sure you stick to it.
2. Hook You Up
Since wedding planners work in the nuptials business full-time, they’ve already forged relationships with lots of essential wedding vendors like DJs, florists and photographers, to name just a few. So not only can they make informed recommendations, but they can also probably score you some discounts along the way.
3. Take Care of the Menu
For some couples, picking the wedding-day menu is part of the fun. For others, it’s an added stress that results in bickering. Regardless of which category you fall into, you’ll be happy to have the help of a wedding planner. They can offer as few or as many suggestions as you like and even take over the menu planning altogether.
Even if you know what you like, your wedding planner might have some pro tips
that never crossed your mind about choosing the menu.
4. Know the Laws of Marriage
From the basics, like how to obtain the marriage certificate, to the legal implications of getting married on a municipal beach, a wedding planner is well-versed in marriage-related laws. Your planner can help you fill out all the paperwork perfectly on the first try and tackle anything you might not have thought about, like obtaining a permit to get married in a public green space, if necessary.
5. Handle Stress
If the image in your head of a wedding planner is a stressed-out person running around frantically behind the scenes, you’ve been misled. These experts are in the business of absorbing stress while remaining professional. So even if you feel totally overwhelmed on your wedding day, your wedding planner won’t — they know how to smooth over small issues and keep both brides and grooms calm.
6. Make a Master Plan
Are you worried about how you’re going to get from the ceremony space to the reception venue? Can’t figure out the right timing for photo-taking? Leave things like these in the hands of your wedding planner. They can create a thorough itinerary that leaves exactly enough time for everything, right down to the smallest detail.
7. Mail out the Invites
If you’ve been dreading the project of addressing, stamping and mailing out your invitations, you can stop sweating. A wedding planner will help you design the invitations
and even address and mail them out. Then, once the RSVPs start rolling in, they’ll take care of tallying up your guests and even creating the seating chart (with some insider guidance from you).
From start to finish, let your wedding planner take over the huge task involved with invitations while you relax before the big day.
8. Step in When the Going Gets Tough
One of the most challenging aspects of wedding planning isn’t hammering out the details but getting everyone on board with them. From pushy parents and grandparents to venue coordinators who can’t seem to understand your vision, everyone has an opinion. Your wedding planner, however, knows that the only opinions that matter are those of you and your fiancé. Let them take the reins when you’re having trouble with an overbearing family member or vendor.
Now that you have a better understanding of the many hats worn by a wedding planner, it’s probably hard to come up with a reason not
to hire one. When you include a wedding planner on your big day, you can actually enjoy the wedding-planning process. And if anything goes wrong the day of, they’ll be on hand to put out fires so that you can just focus on relaxing and making memories with friends, family members and, of course, your new spouse.
Article submitted by Kacey Bradley