I am such a big advocate of using a wedding planner. When I get married I most certainly will hire a wedding planner to plan our wedding because I truly see the value of hiring a wedding planner. Wedding planners aren’t just for rich people, people who aren’t organized, or people who don’t want to plan their wedding; a wedding planner is a professional consultant who is there to help everyone no matter who you are or what you can or can’t do.
No matter if you are getting married in your backyard, (we are planning one now) or if you have a destination wedding, if you choose to use a wedding planner this doesn’t mean that you aren’t capable of planning your own wedding; it just means that you recognize the value of professional assistance. I once heard, A good lawyer hires an even better one when she needs an attorney.
I will first be the one to say that many of my past clients were and still are very organized and highly motivated professionals who are fully capable of planning their own wedding. What they don’t have is the time to make sure all the details of their wedding has been covered and fully executed. Many of them are busy professionals, or even stay at home moms, they don't have time to do that much work and still be able to continue on with the daily work/home/school activities of their life.
Typically there are three different kinds of clients who hire us:
- Couples who tried to plan the wedding themselves and finally hired a wedding planner under stress when they realized it was going to be too much for them.
- Couples who knew they needed a planner before they started planning.
- Couples who made a few phone calls, got frustrated, and decided to hire a wedding planner.
Couples who recognize the need for a planner and hire a company like us right off the bat are obviously the best case scenario for us and them. But that isn't always how it works. Because we are a DIY society, and because everybody has a budget to keep, lots of couples start the planning and research on their own; feeling relatively certain they can handle planning their own wedding.
For some couples it is very frustrating when couplesmake phone calls and are promised a phone call back but never receive one. And when they finally get a real person on the phone, the answers are often vague and unhelpful. Many brides call us in frustration that these vendors aren’t calling back. It's not that they don't want your business, it may well be that you just got the wrong person on the phone. Whatever the case, we get a lot of clients who hire us so that we can be the ones not getting the return phone calls. Fortunately, we have better relationships than that with our vendors and they do call us back. That's why it all works.
The most difficult weddings to plan are the ones where the couples have already gotten neck deep in the planning. So much so, in some cases, that they've wasted money they can't get back, or chosen venues that are the wrong size for their group. We've seen it all and fixed most of it (not everything is fixable if you wait too late).
Here is our point: Hire a wedding planner as early in your planning process as possible. Hire one at your destination if you're not getting married at home, and trust their judgment on which vendors to choose and lose. They know the score because they do it every weekend.
Just for the record, it's okay to yell "uncle" and call in a professional for help six weeks before your wedding if you're in a mess, or if something has come up at home or work that is really fouling up your schedule. We have planned a wedding in just two weeks and did an amazing job. Keep in mind when you hire that planner at the last-minute, you may be paying more than you would have if you hired her before. So remember if you feel that you just don’t have the time to make phone calls, attend meetings, wait for phone calls back, and take notes of who you talked to and much more allow us at Dionne Event Productions to help you!