KEEP CALM AND WED ON
Using a wedding or event planner is still a fairly new concept for the main stream. Let’s face it, whether you’re a control freak or not, the idea of paying someone to take over the planning process and design of your big day may be a bit difficult to comprehend, but we are here for a reason.
Here are 5 fabulous ways to use a wedding planner, so you can think less and feel more.
1. Always consult your ideas with your planner. Although they may seem minuscule, your planner usually has some insight to save you from wasting money or making any major faux pas. Such as inviting too many guest because you read somewhere X% of wedding guests do not attend or buying centerpieces instead of renting them. No bueno.
2. Allow them to contact your vendors. Wedding and event planners have created numerous relationships with vendors and creative partners after many years in the industry. These vendors are people the planner trusts to not only get the job done but to exceed everyone’s expectations time and time again. When you allow your planner to reach out to them first, they are often able to negotiate a better rate, customized packages, or work out something extra special to ensure you get the most value for your dollars.
3. Allow your planner do the shopping. I see couples and their families do this all the time and it baffles me. If you have taken the time to invest in hiring a professional to design and plan your wedding, then why waste time running out and making major decor purchases without consulting your planner? We live and breathe weddings and often see items in the marketplace that are new and fresh. Our designs are a part of our reputation. This is what we do best. Stop shopping and trust us.
4. Listen to their advice and trust they know the process. Contrary to popular belief that it’s an abundance of checklists, planning a wedding is a process. There are an exorbitant number of subsequent steps that goes into each aspect of a wedding. First your custom planning timeline, your budget, vendor selections…then your proposal; your initial concepts may be nothing like your final products. At first, you might be baffled by sticker shock and the endless things to do, but allowing your planning process to play itself out is always the best approach.
5. Relax! Wedding planning is supposed to be fun. It doesn’t have to be the stereotypical chaos you see in the movies. Remember dramatic scenes sells tickets! Its much easier if you take a breath and let your planner take the lead. So sit back and enjoy your engagement, parties, tastings, showers, fittings and being treated like the VIP that you are. Although there are ups and downs times. There is no need to hurry things along unnecessarily. Some months will be busier than others, sit back, relax and savor the moments.
By taking your time and trusting your planner your wedding can be a huge triumph. Yes, giving up so much control might be hard at first, but hey we are here to help create a flawless event and make the process delightful. Think less, feel more, and be yourself! In the end, this is all about YOU!
So take a deep breath, and remember to keep calm and wed on my friend.