No, seriously, hire a wedding planner! A wedding is a big production. There are a lot of moving parts, and let’s face it, you’re going to be busy being radiant, and so dealing with the centerpieces just isn’t on your list.
1. Wedding planners are terribly useful when it comes to things like picking vendors, venues, and all sorts of things you wouldn’t necessarily think of yourself. Who else is going to have a rolodex full of florists or know which DJ has the coolest retro vibe? It’s a super time saver to have vendors pre-screened for you.
2. They’re great in an emergency! We’ve had a planner call us at 11am the day of a wedding to say the baker was in a car accident and they needed a cake for a 4pm reception. Can you imagine the poor bride when she got that call?! Fortunately, her planner knew us well and it was easy for her to get in touch with us. Another one of our brides this year had her venue go bankrupt and close. Her wedding planner found her a new venue in just three weeks!
3. Wedding planning is an actual job. Your maid of honor/sister/friend Susie who got married last year is not a professional wedding planner. And although she’s more than happy to help you in any way she can, at the end of the day, she has other things to do than deal with the details of the ceremony or reception (like your bachelorette party and bridal shower!), and probably can’t dial up an emergency babysitter when the flower girl throws up all over the carpet from poaching too many tasty chocolate wedding favors.
If a full wedding planner isn’t in your wedding budget, most planners offer month-of or day-of services. Even that will help make sure your vendors deliver flowers, cake, or food on time, your last dress fitting is scheduled, the name cards are printed, and your cousin with the gluten allergy will get the right meal! If you’re looking for a few suggestions- we love Megan at A Southern Soiree, Chelsey at Gather Together Events, Katie at Events by La Fete, and Amanda at A Swanky Affair!!