Why Hire A Planner?

For those of you on the fence about hiring a wedding planner or don't think you need support for your big day, I get it. 

Most people think they can handle it. They may also not fully understand what a wedding planner actually does.

So, should you even consider hiring a wedding planner with all the other expenses you have ahead of you? 

The answer is YES!  

A wedding planner is a valuable expert.

Weddings are tough because you don't plan weddings everyday - we do. We know what to look for, where your problems will come and how to solve them.  

Top 5 reasons to hire a Wedding Planner

 

Budgeting 

Wedding sticker shock is real! 

Most people have no clue how much a wedding really costs, then reality hits and it can be brutal. When it comes to your wedding, your budget is the #1 priority and not something to be taken lightly. 

There's a ton to consider when making contractual and financial commitments for your wedding. A planner knows where to spend and where to save. It's a huge help to start off with a realistic idea of what your 200 person wedding is going to actually cost. For those of you who have done it, just think of all the time you would've saved not having to do all that research for the answer a planner could've given you in 3 minutes.

Wedding Planning Advice

A planner can be your best ally. I've saved my clients thousands removing unnecessary items, finding alternate options, and especially with 'unforeseen' expenses and 'last minute add-ons'.

Planners can also help negotiate your contracts and be there to give you a reality check on why something costs so much or why you should actually spend more money.  

Weddings are a major expense. Be smart about your budget and at least talk to a planner about what to look for before you start booking.  

Less Stress

Most people work. You probably have a job that takes up a lot of energy, and the last thing you want to do when you come home is spend your free time learning how to organize an event.

Planners take the burden off your plate entirely, so you can actually enjoy your engagement! 

At our company Lovely, our goal is to make things easier for our clients. There are always issues when planning a wedding, especially as expectations become unveiled, as new families meet, and as ideas or personalities clash. Planners can help bridge the gap and work through those issues with you. We can be your tie-breaker or your shoulder to cry on -- whatever you need, we are there to support you.  

Vendors

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This is a big industry with thousands of vendors.

Sure, there are plenty of sites that can provide you with reviews of all the options, but not every five-star vendor works for every couple. 

People have different vibes, different expectations and skill sets - it's good to know the ins and outs, who will work best, and who just won't. Wedding planners have that information and can give you the inside scoop! 

Details

Venue coordinators can only do so much (I know, I used to be one!). No matter what, they're always going to focus on their team, and they often miss small details you spent countless hours figuring out! 

Planners are responsible for bringing every aspect of your wedding together, making it the reality you dreamed of. It's our job to make sure every detail of your wedding is taken care of.

Experience

There is no replacement for an experienced planner. No amount of research is going to give you the knowledge and expertise to know everything you need to.  

It's wonderful when I 'save the day' by sharing my expertise. I work hard to be that expert and to have the information my clients need, or know where to find it. 

My experience always serves my clients well and has never disappointed.  

All-in-all, a wedding planner can save you time, money and aggravation. Just one conversation can make a huge difference and is worth every penny!


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Wedding Tips

 

You’re Engaged, Now What?

 

Navigating Your Wedding Vision & Budget

 
 

As a newly engaged couple, there are several decisions you will be faced with while planning your wedding. Figuring out where to start can be challenging. The first thing most couples do is start thinking about venues - this is a mistake!

You can save a lot of time by determining two key factors: big picture vision and max budget.

Explore Your Vision Together

Successful relationships start with good communication, as does successful wedding planning. Ask yourselves: what do you really want?

The key information you’re looking to get from this conversation is not what your wedding venue looks like. Try and limit this to the big picture. Here are a few simple questions to help determine your big picture vision:

|Wedding Size|

Who do we include in our special day?

Intimate Wedding (2-40 guests)

Small Wedding (40-75 guests)

Average Wedding (75-150)

Above Average Wedding (150-250)

Large Wedding (250+)

A good exercise is to make a preliminary, two-column guest list of ‘must haves’ and ‘would like to have’. This will help determine which category you absolutely fall into. Don’t overthink it! You’re sure to forget a few folks, but this will help set an expectation of headcount.

|Wedding Location|

Where do you want to get married (City, State, Country)? List any location that applies - you’ll come back to this!

Try not to get specific and identify the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, for example. Simply list the cities/areas that work for you both.

|Wedding Date Range|

Determining a date range for your wedding is important and is a major factor in planning. Vendors, venues especially, hate to hear we’re just looking at options with no plan. Go into planning knowing what the earliest and latest month and year your are willing to host your event.     

Budget

My biggest planning tip: budget is king. Your vision is important and should be realized, but budget will determine if it’s realistic and is key to decision making.

|Guideline: Average Cost of a Wedding|

A wedding can be a big investment. The national average for a wedding is around $30,000. Keep in mind this is a national average. If you live in North Dakota, for example, that number decreases to $15,000. However in New York City that number gets bumped way up around $88,000.

The first and most important question to ask: how much do we want to spend?

There is a big difference between what you have/don’t have to spend and what you want to spend. Have a candid conversation to determine what that difference is and identify what the maximum amount of money you’re both comfortable spending on a wedding? Even if your parents have a wedding nest egg set aside or money's no object, it’s important to determine a budget and stick with it. Find a number you can both live with and be sure to factor in all those long-term life goals you’re planning for as well.

Next question: do you have the money you’re willing to spend? If not, how long will it take for you to get the money? If you do need to save, determine the time it will take you to procure finances and see if that aligns with your wedding date range. If not, you may need to reconsider your vision --and so the planning process begins...

Marrying Vision & Budget: The Research Reality Check

Once you’ve landed on your big picture vision and max budget, you’re ready to start researching. These two factors will be crucial as you begin your planning process, helping you eliminate options and guide your decisions. But unless you have true event planning experience, you are likely to experience ‘sticker shock’ at least once.

I remember doing this exercise when my fiance and I got engaged. We had a conversation about a few different versions of our wedding vision, which I followed up with a very serious reality check on the costs of those visions. When I told him the estimated cost for an above average sized wedding, he almost fell off his chair! The conversation became do we want to have a small wedding and use that money as a down payment on a house or do we want a big wedding? Prime example of how vision + budget drives planning.

Knowing your space, financial and date expectations will certainly help you find the right venue, but there are many other elements that go into wedding planning and costs can add up quickly. Be sure to do your research and figure out all the factors and costs you expect to have before you book your venue.

One of my favorite services offered is Lovely's Kickstart Package. It’s an affordable two-hour meeting with an expert planner to guide you through your vision & budget. You’ll find it incredibly helpful and is a great way to start organizing your vision, outlining projected wedding costs, analyzing your budget and much more! Even if you’re a type-A, like myself, spending time with a professional will jumpstart your planning and help you find creative ways to make your vision and budget work harmoniously.  

In my next post, I’ll be sharing tips on venue selection and what to look out for.

Until next time lovelies!

xoxo

Kristen