Working with a wedding planner can ultimately save you money in places you wouldn't quite think of. Here's how:
If you've ever watched any wedding-related movie or television show, then you've probably caught on to the stereotypical archetype of the couple's wedding planner. They're often portrayed as radical control freaks that sometimes have an attitude or act as though they can do no wrong. Fortunately for couples delving into the wedding planning process, these character attributes are nothing more than plot enhancers. In fact, a well-rounded wedding planner can be a valuable asset to making your wedding one for the books. And speaking of value, that's one of the first things you'll notice about your wedding planner. You don't simply hire a planner to help bring your wedding timeline to fruition, but you hire them to help solve major problems such as money.
Your wedding planner can stretch your budget because they know what's more important and what's going to have more impact.
Having established a comfortable wedding budget, no couple wants to fret over whether they're spending too much money on one aspect of their wedding or if they've overextended their wallets, going largely over budget. Let your wedding planner handle this for you!
Experience Can Help Prevent Costly Mistakes
Most freshly engaged couples don’t have much experience in planning a wedding. Sure, they may have helped a friend, family member, or a member of their wedding party, but they're relatively clueless for the most part. And this naivety can ultimately force couples to make some pretty costly mistakes. Mistakes equal money.
Perhaps they've signed a contract without realizing what they've actually signed up for, or they booked a caterer that barely knows what they're doing, let alone can't perform to the level that they promised their client. Or maybe they tried to stretch their budget by doing an all DIY wedding. This is where an experienced planner can become vital. They've been through it once or twice and have likely experienced these same problems and have been forced to find solutions to help countless engaged couples before you.
Pro Tip: Too often, couples choose to cut costs by DIY-ing too many elements of their wedding! While a few do-it-yourself additions are a nice personal touch, overcommiting can create at best last-minute havoc and at worst, a total Pinterest fail.
Experience means planners have a collection of tips up their sleeves to help cut costs in the right areas. These can include things like cutting down your guest list, alternative food service, getting married on a Thursday or Friday, or even scheduling your wedding during the off-season.
The Planner's Treasure Chest: Industry Connections
One of the major perks of hiring a planner is having access to a network of the best of the best in wedding pros. And with a wedding planner's years of experience comes trusted relationships with both venues and vendors. As the years go on, wedding planners become more familiar with certain creative professionals in your area. They build relationships, and based on their success (or lack thereof), will recommend working with pros they can trust.
A great wedding planner will know which vendors match your style, vision, and budget and take some of the guesswork out of your research. (You’ll also get the perk of your planner’s ability to negotiate with vendors to get the best price possible).
Planners work with countless vendors every week and can have great insight into the best options in your area. Just as important, your planner will steer you away from any vendors who don’t deliver as expected, saving you from unnecessary stress or heartache.
Pro Tip: If you can't afford it, chances are you don't need it. And trust us when we say, you can totally have a champagne wedding on a beer budget
Additionally, as part of these connections, planners will usually get insider information about new services or products that these vendors offer. They may even get an advanced look at new pricing for established services.
This know-how can also help professional wedding planners take advantage of industry discounts. If your planner has a shortlist of vendors that they routinely refer to their clients, they may also be able to help save you money by obtaining many of your wedding elements at "wholesale" or "in the business" prices. These industry discounts can help save you a fortune and can allow you to allocate more of your budget to other aspects of your wedding.
Time is Money
In the realm of wedding planning, time is the new money. And when it comes to saving you time, your wedding planner can do just that.
A professional wedding planner will take on much of the lengthy research needed to pull off your dream wedding. This can include looking up unique flowers for floral arrangements, finding the best rehearsal dinner space, and even compiling a list of the sights and landmarks for your guests to enjoy when in town for your wedding.
Remember: The main point of a wedding planner is to take the stress and time of wedding planning off your shoulders, because your time and sanity are worth something!
Without a planner, these items would take away precious time leading up to your wedding. The time that you don't need to waste when you knowingly have an A-list planner on your team to handle these tasks for you. Wedding planners aren’t miracle workers, but with the right one in your back pocket, you will be less stressed on your wedding day. You can sit back, relax, and live in the moment.
If this sounds like the wedding experience you desire, contact us today and set up a consultation call or reach out for more information on how we can help you transform your dream wedding into a reality.