Sounds like a dream come true huh? Well, according to Brides Magazine any girl can turn getting married into going crazy in just 7 easy steps by becoming her very own wedding planner. Simply sacrifice your sanity to save money and BAM, you’ll be the next awkward appearance on Bridezilllas in no time. But wait, is that the wedding experience you want to have? Listen ladies – I’m not saying you’re not organized enough to pull it all together… I’m simply here to point out that their advice doesn’t even scratch the surface of what planning your wedding will entail. This is your time to enjoy the moments, not be steered down a wildly misled primrose path for the sake of click bate.
So, let’s get real on what it means to “wedding plan” and talk to a real wedding planner about just one part of the process (arguably the most important) – the big day.
But First, Let’s be Clear: Advice No.1 – No. 8 = No Duh
We can’t move forward without stating the obvious: the pointers given are merely surface details. Anyone with internet connection can get organized, download some spreadsheets, ask other brides, do research and save images from pinterest, but that is not what wedding planners do and that’s certainly not the only thing that you will be tasked with should you opt to do-it-yourself.
Again – we are not here to discourage you, but arm you with intelligence to make the best decision.
What About Everything Else?
As my mother always says “prior planning prevents poor performance.” Being your own wedding planner will take an extraordinary amount of patience and know-how to coordinate all the working parts and people leading up to the event and execute on the day of. On your wedding weekend, instead of sipping champagne and getting manis and pedis, you’ll be rifling through spreadsheets and vendor contracts, creating timelines and fielding text messages from people when things don’t go precisely as planned.
That’s the type of things wedding planners do.
Stephanie Meiser of Along Came Stephanie is a wedding planner in Southwest Florida we asked for more details on just what wedding planners do on the day of and she says it’s all about keeping the schedule going. “If something runs behind schedule we can make adjustments as needed to make sure there is little to no disruptions in the day. Often times shielding both the bride and her guests from knowing any different….. We keep everyone on time throughout the evening. Which in turn can keep you from having to pay your photographer and videographer overtime because the DJ or band decided to play a few more songs before the cake cutting.”
So, what your saying is wedding planners actually save you money?
Bottom Line: A professional wedding planner has mastered the art of problem solving, patience, pre-planning and serious negotiation and is a jedi of family drama, mindgame guessing. How do your skills measure up?
Brides – we just want you to be happy. Nobody likes a bridezilla. Instead of doing it completely yourself – we say do it with someone. You can hire a wedding planner at whatever service level is comfortable with your budget and they will guide you along the way and most importantly, handle everything on the day of the wedding. Quite possibly the best wedding gift you could receive is to actually enjoy without interruption every blissful moment of your wedding day.