ICYMI: Wedding Planners are the real MVPs.
It’s your wedding day. At this point, you have spent many months and thousands of dollars picking out your venue, your photographer, your videographer, your DJ or band, your florist, finalizing details on your invitations, finding the right dress/suit/tux, choosing the right hair and makeup artists, finding transportation for your wedding party, figuring out the logistics of who is bringing a cooler of drinks for your wedding crew to enjoy in said transportation; picking out table settings and decor, tasting samples from catering companies, bartending companies, and bakeries; deciding whether or not you want a photo booth, lining up a hotel block for your out of town guests, deciding if you’re doing a grand exit of sorts, etc. Oh, and you work a full time job? You have time for all of this, right?
IT’S A LOT.
The absolute last thing you want to deal with are logistical questions while you’re getting ready with your friends or mentally preparing to recite your vows. It adds stress and takes away joy from your big day - which are the opposite reasons you decided to throw this party, right?!
after all the time, effort, and money you have put into one single day, you should be enjoying the hell out of it.
We have shot well over 300 weddings. Trust us when we tell you that hiring a wedding planner or day-of-coordinator is one of the best investments you can make not only for your own sanity, but for the benefit of your guests and vendors alike.
A quick google search will pull up numerous articles explaining the benefits of wedding planners, but we can break down the value in our experience:
- Wedding planners save you money.
You read that right. As counterintuitive as it may seem to hire yet another vendor, they will keep your budget in line and on track, letting you still live your life and not turn into a crazy person who is working essentially two full time jobs as you work and plan a wedding. Win-win.
Extra benefit: they will help keep your contracts and communication with each vendor organized so everyone is operating within the parameters of the contract signed. Double win-win!
*this absolutely includes planning a destination wedding.
- Wedding planners keep your day on track.
We love to help you build your timeline so you’re not feeling rushed during time set aside for wedding party and family portraits, but weddings are a team sport and all of your other vendors need to know when to set up and break down. You don’t want to deal with that. No, really, you 1000000% don’t.
Your planner will build and execute a timeline that is coordinated with all of the vendors involved in your day. On top of making sure things are in place at the right time, they will be there to set up and break down all of your decor. After a full day of celebrating with your friends and family, you get to leave the party and the party gets cleaned up without you or your parents or wedding party involved. Hell yeah.
- Wedding planners know the ins and outs of the wedding industry.
Once again referencing that weddings are a team sport here - planners will help you find the perfect vendors to fit your wedding vision and budget. While we have our own dream team vendors list, we haven’t worked with vendors in the capacity that planners do (for obvious reasons - we are photographers).
- Wedding planners put out fires you will never know about (at least not on your wedding day).
All of our favorite wedding planners bring what we like to call an “oh shit kit” with them - a way to fix everything that could possibly go wrong with the grace and elegance of a swallow-tailed hummingbird (yeah, I just googled the most graceful animals to make this reference) . You will never be told a single word until after the wedding is over, if ever.
are you seeing the overarching theme of “let other people take care of things so you can enjoy your wedding” yet?
You’re still here? Perfect. You’re probably wondering why we, as photographers, are taking time to write a whole blog post about wedding planners?
it lets us focus on the job you hired us for.
When a wedding does not have a coordinator or planner, it becomes our responsibility to keep the timeline on track by default because we’re with you for the majority of your day. Don’t get us wrong, we are fully committed to making your day the best it can be and helping out everywhere we can, but we create better work when we aren’t trying to do three jobs at once (think taking photos, trying to rally groomsmen to a location, and answering the 14 questions your mom and aunts have all at one time).
OKAY, OKAY, I GET IT. WHO SHOULD I HIRE?!
So glad you asked! You can find all of our favorite vendors on our Dream Team Vendors blog post, but lemme tell you about our favorite planners!