3 Ways Wedding Planners Help Your Budget

Whether your wedding budget is funded by Daddy Warbucks or not- a wedding planner is the number one way to stay within any given budget. Not only does the expertise come in handy for everything from etiquette to décor- you also get a no-holds bar advocate who will make sure that you get the best pricing and highest quality vendors. Staying on budget doesn't have to mean you're pinching pennies. It's more about making sure you get all the important elements at prices you won't later regret! Check out these 3 ways a good wedding planner can keep you on budget.

Vendor Connections

As soon as you hire a wedding planner you gain instant access to a virtual Rolodex of wedding industry professionals of equal or higher caliber.  All the time spent researching vendors is now freed up and you get the peace of mind that your wedding will look and feel exactly how you want it to. The caveat to all of this is obviously that you do the upfront research on your wedding planner to make sure he or she has great reviews and reputation.

Negotiate contracts and pricing

A wedding planner will negotiate pricing on your behalf ensuring the best “bang for your buck” so to speak. The vendor connections come in to play again because the relationships your wedding planner has with other vendors will impact their pricing on items and services. Other than reducing the number of people you invite, this is hands down the best way to stay within budget.

Do it right the first time

How many times have you taken on a seemingly simple project and have inevitably been forced to quit or start over? A wedding planner can either take these projects on herself and complete efficiently based on her expertise or source the appropriate vendor to do it right the first time.  Alternatively, let’s say you hired a photographer but were not impressed with the engagement shoot and you no longer want them for your wedding.  A wedding planner would have saved you the time, energy and money by helping you secure the perfect photographer at the perfect price. 

Top 6 Lessons from a Wedding Planner

As a wedding planner I have seen the good, the bad, the ugly.  The world of weddings is one that knows no limits to emotional up and down rollercoaster rides.  So, I am taking this opportunity to share some important lessons for brides- especially those who will not have a wedding planner or coordinator.  

1.    Hire Wedding Industry Professionals

I know that it may sound very appealing to have a family friend who “does photography” or “plays good music” fulfill these duties at your wedding but take it from me- this is usually a plan for disaster. There are few worse feelings than excitedly opening your wedding photo gallery and having to pick up your jaw from utter disappointment.

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2.    Always have a back up plan.

I learned this one early on. Whether it’s needed because of unpredictable weather or unruly guests- back up plans are a must. It’s good to think of the -what if’s and have a solution worked out – even if it’s just in your head. This will make trouble-shooting so much easier.

3.    Purchase a little extra of everything.

This goes for flowers, food, paper goods etc. Giving yourself a little wiggle room for errors or loss will save you a headache in the long run. This is especially true for DIY brides.

4.    Confirm vendors, and then re-confirm.

I expect all vendors in this business to offer exceptional service and honor their word but confirming is still a MUST. Make sure to confirm arrival times, set up times and services prior to the wedding.  Ensuring everyone is on the same page with the timeline will help you enjoy your day.

5.    Create a day of timeline

This is the key to a seamless event. For some this will be super comprehensive packed with details for every person or high-level with only the important items.  Either way, having a timeline will help everyone to run on time.  An added bonus is a timeline will allow each bride to “brain dump” while creating it which in turn helps reduce anxiety and stress levels leading up to the big day.

6.    Learn to let go- enjoy your day.

You can plan every single detail down to the last song the DJ will spin, yet some things are bound to go wrong.  The sooner you embrace this the better you can enjoy that momentous day.