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Why Hire a Wedding Planner?

 

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Thinking about planning a wedding on your own, or enlisting the help of your mother, friend or colleague? Great! It takes a special kind of person to plan and execute a wedding. Just remember, weddings can be very stressful, and hiring a wedding planner does not mean that your ideas and visions for the day go out the window. Think of a wedding planner as a tool for taking your wedding to the next level and creating an event that your friends and family will not soon forget!

Aside from this, there are many reasons why couples would choose to hire a professional wedding planner. Here are a few:

1. Your time is precious. Did you know it takes an average of 250 hours for a couple to plan a wedding from start to finish? As most couples these days have full time jobs, or go to school full time, this extra time can be hard to fit into your busy schedule. The time you devote to planning your wedding is time you are taking away from other things that may be important to you. A professional wedding planner can help save you time and energy by doing a lot of the work themselves with your best interest in mind. So relax, and let a wedding planner spend the time required to plan your wedding, and enjoy your life to the fullest.

2. Your money is even more precious! Although it seems counterintuitive, hiring a wedding planner can actually help you save money! A professional wedding planner will help you create a manageable (and realistic!) budget and will make you accountable for sticking to it! Since wedding planners provide so much business to vendors, they are often able to negotiate amazing discounts for their clients. Using vendors recommended by a wedding planner also means you can rest assured you are working with reliable companies. And if budget is a major concern for you, why not hire a wedding planner just for the day-of to handle all the last minute details?

3. Your relationships are important to you. Weddings can be extremely stressful. This can result in arguments between couples, family members, or even friends. Part of a wedding planner’s job is to alleviate that stress and act as a mediator between all those involved in planning the wedding. Wedding planners have the experience necessary to recognize and avoid problems before they arise and can act as a buffer when there are unavoidable conflicts. They always have the big picture in mind and know what is important in the long run for your wedding.

4. You have a hard time executing your dreams. Ever have an idea in your head that just never turns out right when you try to execute it? Wedding planners can help turn your dreams into reality and have the experience necessary to know what will and will not work on your wedding day. If your vision involves items that far surpass your budget, planners will be able to recommend budget-friendly alternatives. And if coming up with unique ideas is not your strong suit, let your wedding planner’s creativity run wild and allow them to suggest a theme that will suit your personality!

5. You lack attention to detail. With any wedding, it’s all in the details. If creating schedules, lists, and organizing details is not one of your fortés, leave that to a professional wedding planner. They will leave no stone unturned, ensuring that on your day everything has already been taken care of in advance. They will also help you think of back-up plans in case of inclement weather and unplanned mishaps (such as your limo breaking down!). Their prior knowledge of the things that can go wrong at weddings will be invaluable to you. And, if the unspeakable does happen on your wedding day, your planner will act as the go-to person and may even fix the problem without you ever having to know about it!

All in all, wedding planners are an invaluable resource and can be involved in as little or as much of the wedding planning process as you would like. When hiring a wedding planner, it is important to find someone that matches your personality and that shares your wedding philosophy. Hiring a wedding planner that is certified by the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada (WPIC) (the only Canadian certification course that regulates its members) will also help ensure that your day will go off without a hitch. These planners adhere to a strict code of ethics that has your best interest in mind and undergo continuous education in wedding planning. So what are you waiting for? It’s never too late to hire a certified professional wedding planner!

 

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