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Should You Hire a Wedding Planner for your Big Day?

Tori Kelner Photography Wedding PlannersIn my experience, it seems like most couples are either all IN for having a wedding planner or all OUT!

There’s usually less of a middle ground when it comes to wanting to hire a planner, but I personally think hiring a wedding planner is invaluable! However, I also don’t think they’re right for every couple!

The first thing to consider is your time and interest in wedding planning! Some couples have highly demanding jobs and limited free-time, but want to plan a banging wedding day that takes a ton of attention to detail! Ding ding ding, sounds like an amazing option for a planner!

On the other hand, there are some couples who simply just don’t have as much of an interest in the finer details. They want to be given a few ideas that they can say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to, and do not want to spend time on Pinterest or wedding blogs sifting through ideas. Another ding ding ding – sounds like you may want a wedding planner!

Annnnd, lastly, some couples KNOW what they want, but don’t know HOW to make it happen! Well, a planner might be their perfect answer!

Tori Kelner Photography Wedding PlannersSome couples, however, are ALL about picking every little detail and want a hands-on investment into their big day! They love DIYs, planning, organization, spreadsheets, mood boards, and more! They love personally meeting all of the vendors and investing so much time into the nitty gritty! Maybe they are incredibly organized and planned everything from their own Sweet 16 to their senior prom, so they’ve got this thing covered! If that’s you, you’re probably just fine without a planner, but it can’t hurt to consider having someone in your corner, even if it’s just for the day of!

Typically, when there’s no planner involved, I am next in line to take on the role of planner AND photographer. Next to your family and wedding party, my team is truly there with you from morning until night, so I tend to guide the day along and keep everything on track when someone else isn’t there to do so. From my experience, it’s a HUGE stress-reliever to have someone there solely dedicated to making sure that your day runs smoothly, all vendors are accounted for and stick to their timeline, and that you don’t even know if anything goes a little awry in the background!

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Let’s dive into the perks of hiring a planner for your big day!

You’re Hiring Them for Their Experience & Expertise

As a wedding vendor, we’ve all seen a thing or two, but wedding planners TRULY see it all! They are in touch with every vendor from the moment you hire them, so they really know the ins and outs of everyone’s roles!

  • They know what works well and what may not be the best option
  • They can suggest ideas that you may have missed or not thought of
  • They can give you real-life advice on where to spend your money and where or how to save it!
  • They have tons of resources from rental companies to special deals and discounts, so you’re also hiring someone for their networking ability and industry connections to bring your wedding to life!

Tori Kelner Photography Wedding PlannersThey Help You Stick To Your Budget

Although a planner may be a bigger investment, you’ll find that they know so many ways to stick to your budget OR give you realistic opinions on what your budget can truly get you. You may want to spend a certain amount on your florals, but they will know if that’s a realistic budget or if you’ll need to tweak and pull from other vendor budgets to get what you really want! Your planner will do everything to help you stick to your budget, from finding great deals, thrifting the DIY-ables, and possibly even hooking you up with vendors who they have a great connection with!

They Will Save You Time and Energy

Let’s go back to thinking about what type of couple you may be! If you’re a busy bee, don’t stress it! Your wedding planner will be the one to chat with your vendors for anything you may not need to be directly involved in. They’ll take care of the questions, the contacting, and the contracts wherever necessary! They run the show when it comes to ordering, delivering, setting up, breaking down, and so on. They’ll let you sit back and ENJOY, while they coordinate all the things and keep everything running smoothly! You don’t want to be setting up your reception table decor the morning of your wedding, you want to be spa-ing with your wedding party and relaxing! Don’t worry, your planner has it all covered!

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They Carry the Team

Here’s the thing, if a planner is recommending a certain vendor to you, it’s because they KNOW that they’re DANG good at what they do! Planners have a reputation and brand to uphold, and they are picky in the best way about who they will allow to be a part of their couples’ big days! You can sleep peacefully knowing you have a killer team of vendors behind you because your planner knows exactly how to make your dream day come to life!

They Let You Enjoy The Day

Since your planner has taken care of everything so efficiently, your wedding day ends up being one of the most enjoyable, relaxing, and fun days possible! You’ll be stress-free because you know that everything is taken care of and there’s no need to worry about random calls from vendors or making last minute decisions because your planner has your back!

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Two Notes to Keep in Mind About Planners:

  1. Some planners offer different packages like full-service planning, month-of planning, and day-of coordination! Make sure to take a look at their websites and chat with them about the best option for you!
  2. Your venue’s coordinator is not the same role as hiring an outside wedding planner! Your venue coordinator may be able to guide you in regards to venue-related concerns or give suggestions with certain aspects of your day, but a planner goes FAR beyond that with planning every detail of your day!

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Love the idea of working with a planner who can do it all?! Check out a few of my absolute faves here!

Copper & Chloe

Everlemon Events

The Planning House

Particular Planner

Mallory Weiss Planning

Styled Shoot Vendors:

Venue | Jockey Hollow
Photography: Jennifer Larsen, Tori Kelner
Planning | Copper & Chloe
Videography | Tone Media
Florals | Park and Bloom
Stationary | Dana Britni Designs
Custom Stamps | Little Postage House
Tabletop | The Table Top Company
Hair | Boho Hair Salon
Makeup | Beauty on Location
Bridal Gown | Miss Hayley Paige
Suit | Bucco Couture
Jewelry | J Vincent Jewelers
Cake | A Little Something Sweet
Custom gift | That’s Darlin
Model Bride | @mrsburklow
Model Groom | @moburklow

Should You Hire a Wedding Planner for your Big Day?

May 7, 2020

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