You’re engaged! Congratulations on such an exciting milestone to celebrate on your journey into marriage and spending the rest of your life together.
The first question everyone asks - do you have a date yet?
The first question in your mind - where do I start?
It won’t take long until you find yourself wondering do I need a wedding planner? Is it a necessity or just a luxury? The answer truly depends on a few factors. The first is your ability and willingness to invest time into planning. It may not seem like a lot of time is needed at first, but it is typically about 450-500 hours that go into the planning process to give you an idea. We know, how could it possibly take that much time?! This will likely be shocking at first, but there are a lot of factors to consider.
Suppose you’re having a multi-day wedding celebration. In that case, you not only have to think about planning the main celebration, but there’s a high likelihood you’ll need or want to be involved in details of the surrounding events like your rehearsal dinner or cultural celebrations. Deciding on the décor for each alone will take up a good portion of your time.
Suppose you are planning a destination wedding or have many guests traveling out of state. In that case, you’ll need to consider and factor in all of the additional logistics like lodging, transportation, and amenities or activities outside the main wedding celebration. Since your guests will be traveling, whether near or far, to be there, we know you’ll want it to be a seamless and accommodating experience for them.
As you start to think about what you envision for your day, you may struggle with how to take all the things you want and turn them into a cohesive vision. Or maybe you know the look and feel you want to have, but you need help pulling together the design and sourcing the right people and elements to make it happen.
A wedding planner may seem like a significant and unnecessary expense, but there are many ways a planner provides you with more value than you may initially expect. A professional planner with the right expertise can spread your budget in a way that brings your vision of a “dream wedding” (like the look you love on Pinterest) to reality- but costs way less! Planners can actually save you costs with vendors through their valued relationships and industry connections thanks to their reputation and valued expertise that you wouldn’t otherwise have access to.
An experienced planner also knows the right questions to ask. For instance, if you’re having your wedding in a historic location or a museum, the planner knows what to look out for in your contracts to ensure you don’t lose your deposit on potential costly damages.
Our experience can also be invaluable when it comes to saving you time and stress. Of course, you can search online, ask friends, and piece information together. But consider how much extra time you realistically have and if you want to spend all of it planning and communicating with vendors. The experience leading up to the wedding day is just as necessary as the celebration itself. As professionals who care about our couples, we’d rather you spend that time enjoying your engagement and focusing on what the celebration is truly about, you and your love. At the end of it all, it’s about how you remember your day and there is only one chance to do it right.
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FOUNDER, PRINCIPAL planner,
CRAFT COCKTAIL CONNOISSEUr
While I am extremely passionate about decor, design, and florals - my true passion lies in creating experiences for people, marrying the elements of their unique personality with their treasured traditions to ensure that their celebration is one their guests will remember for a lifetime.