So you just got engaged! Congratulations! Take a moment to revel in the sweet bliss of knowing you’re now a bride! You’re going to be hit with a lot of questions soon, like “Where are you getting married?” When’s your big day?” and “Can I bring a plus one?”
It can be daunting to know where to start! My #dtetip? Hire your wedding planner first!
For most of my #dtecouples, wedding decision making seems like a mountain of a journey when they first put their eyes on a checklist of things they have to accomplish. If you’re unsure of where to start, why not put an expert of #allthingswedding to the task?
The first step in your wedding planning process should be to hire your wedding planner! For planners like me, who do full-service planning + design, I’m ready from day one to help you plan every detail of your perfect day! A full-service planner is a bit like a Troop Leader. When your wedding planning starts to make you feel like you’re lost in the wilderness, your Troop Leader is by your side, prepared for whatever could come your way!
So what does your “Troop Leader” Wedding Planner do?
1). Acts as a Venue Scout: They can help you scout the perfect venue for your guest count, overall design vision, and your budget! We’re here to make sure you stay within your guidelines while you keep dreaming big!
2). Help with the Budget Breakdown: A planner will help you set realistic goals based on your budget. We’ll breakdown your finances piece by piece, based on your highest to lowest priorities, to ensure you never go over budget and still get all the important details of your wedding day made!
3). Build Your Vendor Team: For years, I’ve been working to help brides build their “Dream Team” of vendors for their wedding day! This expertise ensures your wedding vision comes to life flawlessly! You want to know that your vendors are professional, reliable, and the perfect fit for you. We get to know your design vision intimately and will pick the right people to get the job done!
4). Knowledge: Why waste hours and hours on the computer, searching Google for every vendor review you can find? A full-service planner is there to provide you with expert knowledge of who and what is available in the wedding industry for your day. We can narrow down that knowledge based on your specific needs, so you can skip the research and keep your stress levels low! I know firsthand what it’s like to see a bride who did her research but missed key steps. Nothing is worse than hiring a photographer for six hours when you need a package with at least eight, only to find that now the hourly additions are more expensive than if you had signed the contract with the larger package to begin with! A wedding planner will help you avoid these mistakes from the very beginning, so you get exactly what you really need!
5). Organization: Always wanted a personal assistant who can keep you on time and right on schedule? Well, that’s a wedding planner’s job! From the very beginning of the wedding planning process, I’m focusing on keeping you on schedule for your big day. We’ll go over checklists and tasks together, and you’ll end up with a wedding day that goes off without a hitch!
As tempting as it may be to wait until the very end to hire a day-of wedding planner, ultimately you’ll need someone who knows the ins and outs of your wedding from day one to ensure a smooth ceremony and reception for you and your guests. My advice? Skip the venue searches and dress shopping for now, and make your first stop a consultation meeting with a wedding planner!
Interested in working with me? Let’s pop the champagne throw the confetti! Click here to schedule your first meeting!