Erika Potter, Guest Author
Did you know that for most brides, it takes an average about 250 hours to plan a wedding? That sort of time commitment is obviously well justified, however, that doesn’t make it easy on you or your relationship. Apart from the time involved, there’s a lot of physical and emotional effort that’s put into planning a wedding, both by the bride and as a couple. For some brides, the planning process becomes so much to handle that they’d just rather skip to the honeymoon.
In reality, though, your wedding day should be one of the most enjoyable days of your new life together. For many brides, their solution to being able to have fun in the planning process and enjoying their big day is to hire a wedding planner. If you’re just getting started in the planning process and aren’t quite sure whether a wedding planner is for you or not, here are a few things to consider:
When deciding whether or not a wedding planner is a good choice for your situation, consider what your time is worth. Some brides may have a fairly simple wedding and therefore won’t be spending a lot of time on the “smaller” details. On the other hand, brides planning a more extravagant wedding with a big guest list might find it too much to handle on their own, especially with all of the other demands of a career, personal life, etc. There’s a big learning curve when it comes to planning a wedding and a professional planner or coordinator already has that mastered. They’ll be able to save you a lot of time in the planning process because of it.
The Value of Your Sanity
If you’re wondering where the term, “bridezilla” came from, well, this is it. Some brides get so stressed out with planning all their details that it really takes a toll on their personal life as well as their relationship. As you start thinking about your wedding plans, consider what it’s worth to you to have a more enjoyable experience in the months leading up to your big day, rather than just viewing it as something else to add to your to-do list. A wedding planner can also help eliminate a lot of frustration that comes with planning a wedding since they already know the dos and don’ts of wedding planning.
Wedding planners not only have a lot of know-how when it comes to coordination, but they also have a lot of valuable relationships with other vendors that can end up saving you quite a bit of money in the long run. They can help you stay on track with your budget, allocate funds correctly, and steer you in the right direction so you won’t have to waste money on having to learn things the hard way when it comes to vendors, deposits, favors, catering, etc.
What if it’s not in your Budget to Hire a Planner?
You still have options! With a few savvy tips and other alternative options, you can still make sure that the planning process and your big day go just like you hoped.
• First, remember that the most important thing when planning a wedding is communication. If you don’t have a wedding planner to help you out, make sure that you’re always as detailed as possible when it comes to communicating to vendors about your vision and expectations.
• Second, simplify as much as possible. If you’re handling things on your own, you don’t want the details to detract from being able to enjoy your big day. Try to keep vendors and individuals involved to a minimum to eliminate complications.
• Next, consider other options offered by wedding planners, such as on-time consultations or day-of help. That way, you can still get professional advice and help without breaking your budget for a full-time planner.
• Last, delegate! If you don’t have a day-of coordinator, delegate responsibility to family members and those in your bridal party so you’re not stuck taking care of everything on the day of your wedding. This works well if you have a typed itinerary given to everyone who has a role in making the wedding day go smoothly. Segment the schedule by exact times and make sure everyone’s role is specifically detailed of when, where, and what they’re supposed to be doing.
Copyright © 2013 – Erika Potter. Erika Potter is a recent bride and writes for Strings and Champagne Events, professional wedding planners in Sacramento, CA. She loves staying involved in the wedding industry and in her spare time loves to travel and golf with her husband.
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