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Willow Grey Events LLC / Wedding Planning and Design / North Carolina & South Carolina Wedding Planner / 

Blog Post: Why you should hire a wedding planner

 

Why you should hire a wedding planner:

Why hire a wedding planner? 

That's like asking why someone should hire a real estate agent or an accountant... because they are experts in their field. And hiring a wedding planner is no different. 

So yes, of course my first blog post is going to be about why you should hire a wedding planner and reasoning behind why I think that. Weddings are a huge investment of not only money but time. Brides spend on average 15-20 hours a week planning their wedding when they don't hire a planner. That is about 250-300 hours in total planning a wedding. That is basically a part time job. The hours that brides spend researching vendors, etiquette, traditions, design, flowers and everything else are hours that professional wedding planners have already spent and have become experts in all of those fields. Not only are they experts within the above topics, they've also had years of experience in perfecting them. 

Believe it or not wedding planners can actually SAVE you money.

The first thing I do with my clients is create an estimated budget. Most couples getting married have absolutely no idea how much an 8-piece band costs or how many glasses you need for 150 guests and an open bar. And rightfully so, why would you need to know those costs prior to planning your wedding? That's where hiring a wedding planner becomes so valuable- we know the answers to these questions and we know the realistic costs. There is nothing worse than the week of the wedding having an unexpected cost (ex. thousands in having to rent a tent because of weather) pop up. I am transparent with all clients while explaining the extra costs that may have to end up being added and keeping those unexpected costs in mind while managing your budget and booking vendors. 

We know where you can find the best deals with the best vendors. We know when a quote doesn’t look quite right. We have friends in the industry and can get you discounts – they are called “planner discounts.” Furthermore, you won’t make costly mistakes or overspend on something if you have a wedding planner guiding you through the process.

Wedding planners save you time:

Every wedding planner has worked with hundreds of vendors, this allows us to recommend vendors to our clients based on the client's style, budget and personality. This saves clients hours upon hours of vendor research, communication and negotiation. Planners handle this for you and send you the vendors they trust, have worked with and know would be a good fit. We also are there to help you when contracting vendors, many clients don't know what to look for in contracts that may be "sticky", with our experience we do know what to look for and what to question when reviewing contracts. Contracts are something you do not want to play around with because you may end up signing something that you had no idea was even listed within the contract.  No need to spend hours researching wedding timeline templates, budget templates, wedding etiquette, floral costs, in-season florals, etc. - we already have these tools ready for you and that is priceless.

Do you know how much back and forth emailing, phone tag and texting it takes to get meetings scheduled, trials booked, tastings booked, etc? Let me just tell you.... it's a lot of time that you probably don't have and that's what we're here for. We handle the back end and communication so that you just need to show up and be stress free. 

Wedding planners save you stress:

Planning a wedding should be fun, exciting and enjoyable. Hiring a wedding planner makes that possible. If you love the planning aspects, we're not here to take that away from you, we're here to guide your through the entire process so you can enjoy your time being engaged and know that you have an expert on your side who will make sure everything is done and that tasks are being done on time throughout the entire process. 

We create a detailed timeline for the weekend of your wedding to make sure that all vendors know load-in and load-out times, the bridal party knows where to be and when and so much more. We are in constant communication with your vendors and sending them updates when needed and making sure they confirm all times for the day-of. We keep you up to date on any payments that are due, any decisions that have to be made and manage all rental orders, floral counts, etc. to make sure that you are able to enjoy the months leading up to your wedding and be stress-free on the day of your wedding so that you can enjoy each and every moment without worrying if the cake has arrived or if the DJ is set up. 

wedding planers assist in creating a cohesive design

From the invitation suite to the custom cocktail napkins and everything in between, wedding planners take your style inspiration, your personality and your priorities and create a cohesive design for your wedding.

Professional full-service wedding planners consult, discuss and design with the client to create the perfect wedding day. Taking your ideas and Pinterest boards and bringing them to life (realistically and on budget). Managing your rental orders, floral and design vendors and the final details like placing escort cards or lighting candles- planners are there to make sure there is not one detail left behind. Even the details you'd never thought of. Without knowledge of wedding rental vendors, flowers in season, flower cost, lighting costs and more it would be impossible to create one cohesive design and also tend to every detail without someone with professional experience guiding you through each aspect. Design and detailing are my favorite parts of the wedding planning process. Seeing a couple walk into the reception for the first time is such a special moment. They get to see the vision we created and have tweaked for months finally become a reality and that is something that no bride, groom or couple will ever forget.  

wedding planners are basically your From the invitation suite to the custom cocktail napkins and everything in between, wedding planners take your style inspiration, your personality and your priorities and create a cohesive design for your wedding.

Professional full-service wedding planners consult, discuss and design with the client to create the perfect wedding day. Taking your ideas and Pinterest boards and bringing them to life (realistically and on budget). Managing your rental orders, floral and design vendors and the final details like placing escort cards or lighting candles- planners are there to make sure there is not one detail left behind. Even the details you'd never thought of. Without knowledge of wedding rental vendors, flowers in season, flower cost, lighting costs and more it would be impossible to create one cohesive design and also tend to every detail without someone with professional experience guiding you through each aspect. Design and detailing are my favorite parts of the wedding planning process. Seeing a couple walk into the reception for the first time is such a special moment. They get to see the vision we created and have tweaked for months finally become a reality and that is something that no bride, groom or couple will ever forget.  

Blog Post: Top 5 Wedding Inspiration blogs

Top 5 Wedding Blogs

Great resources for planning tips, design inspiration and so much more.

Click the sites logo on the right to visit their page.

1. Style Me Pretty:

Style Me Pretty is a well-known wedding blog that offers insight into planning, fashion, vendors and registries. It's a great resource to find inspiration for your big day and features real wedding spotlights.

Check it out here: www.stylemepretty.com

2. Ruffled Blog:

Ruffled is a great resource full of real weddings to find inspiration and DIY ideas for your big day. They also feature styled shoots showing the latest trends and unique ideas. They also offer a "vendor finder".

Check it out here: www.ruffledblog.com

 

 

 

3. Junebug Weddings:

Junebug Weddings Blog also offers vendor searches, real weddings and planning tips for brides to use as a resource. Featuring beautiful and unique weddings, inspiration will definitely be found here.

Check it out here: www.junebugweddings.com

 

 

 

4. Brides:

A wonderufl and beautiful site full of blog posts from Rose round-ups to the newest and upcoming wedding trends that they've seen. A great resource for all things wedding.

Check it out here: www.brides.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Once Wed:

A site full of wedding ideas, real wedding and DIY tips. They also offer a used wedding dress resource for the budget-savvy bride.

Check them out here: www.oncewed.com

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