Wedding Planner or Coordinator: Do I really need one?
Many would argue that a wedding planner is an indispensable asset to many weddings. Besides being the best representative of the couple, a professional wedding planner or coordinator serves a multitude of roles in executing a flawless wedding day. There are many articles out there that spell out the importance of hiring a wedding planner or coordinator. One of the best articles that I have read is from a wedding expert Leila Khalil – Wedding PR on Huffington’s Post: Hire a Wedding Planner … or Else, which gives accounts from actual brides who did not hire a professional coordinator on their behalf.
From our own BBE experience, many clients that have decided to hire us fell into one or all of these categories:
1. Busy Professionals
The average time of doing wedding research is about 10-15hours a week. In addition to that, doing interviews and checking references could take another 5-6 hours a week. If you fall into this category, those are precious times that you could use for doing productive, uninterrupted work. Hiring a planner can relieve the stress of finding your perfect vendors for each category. With planner’s relationships with many high quality vendors, you can take advantage of booking vendors who not only deliver superb services but also extend exclusive deals for them. Planners should be able to get you exactly what you want and to filter out the ones that are only within your price points.
2. In need of Design help & Detail Execution
I love Pinterest. I had my clients create boards of their inspirations so I can follow their vision and share their dreams. But Pinterest alone can get overwhelming. With the sea of choices for every look and every style, having a planner with a good eye for design can help prioritize what is working and what is not at the wedding venue. Planner can also help making sure that the color & design choices will carry on throughout the wedding – from the save-the-date, to the invitation, to the guest book, to the very ribbon on the flower girl’s headband. There is no detail too small to notice. A pulled-together look is not something that can be achieved easily. It takes hours of preparation and countless coordination that having an experience planner will help keep the headaches away.
3. No drama, please!
Let’s face it – we can’t make everybody happy. What truly is important when planning a wedding is that you and your fiance work as a team. A team that is always on the same side and has each other backs for support. There will always be a family member that does not agree on a certain decision or perhaps a not-so-important tradition that must happen. A planner can be a good mediator on those issues and be the guard to protect things that are important and close to your heart.
By Bea Mulawarman, Owner of Bee The Buzz Event (BBE)