You are in love and love is all that matters. But then before you know it, your wedding is around the corner and suddenly you are overwhelmed by all that it takes to make it happen. Weddings, no matter how simple, need planning, budgeting and even more planning when you realise that things are not going your way. All this requires a huge time commitment especially when everyone is struggling to meet deadlines at work practically every day. Even more, unlike the decisions we are used to taking in our normal course of life, wedding decisions are unique and often unfamiliar to most of us. This is when taking help matters and the best comes from a professional wedding planner who is experienced enough to make your wedding journey easier and enjoyable.
Let us look at some ways in which a wedding planner can really help.
- They can understand what you want, better than you think
We all want a beautiful wedding. We want it to be unique and memorable. The mind is full of ideas plucked out of movies, memories and of course the internet. After a while, it’s a case of information overload and decision making borders on becoming whimsical. Calm discussions between couples can end up in arguments because opinions will differ based on preferences and economics. The necessary decisions like a local wedding or a destination wedding, a simple wedding or an elaborate wedding and other items like the venue, the theme, the décor and the wedding cards give enough opportunities, to say the very least. Wedding planners are used to all this. They will hear you out and before you know it, they will sort out the chaos and help you understand what you may really want.
- They come at a price but they are worth it in the end
A genuine question is, what do they cost? A rule of thumb is about 10% of the cost of the wedding, with of course a minimum cost of engagement. Another logical concern is, Are they worth it? Yes, they usually are and a lot more. A good way to find one is always through reference. But even if you cannot find them through reference then locate them through the numerous websites and fix up meetings with a few of them. Don’t get over impressed or overwhelmed. Take time to decide and finally choose someone who is not only affordable but makes you comfortable. Besides cutting the clutter in your head, they are resourceful to arrange what you may want and may even help you get better deals by negotiating with the vendors. They will land up paying for themselves and at the same time allow you to enjoy the wedding without getting stressed.
- They can help you plan within your budget
Every wedding has a built in problem of cost overruns. You will always want something better and better as the wedding date comes closer. Being whimsical is normal but it costs time and money. Once you share your budget with your wedding planners, they will keep track of the expenses and remind you whenever you are going overboard. Almost everyone getting married is on the edge and it is this insecurity that will make you overdo things. Your wedding planner will have a lot more experience of weddings to generate confidence in your choices and decisions. Think again, as a guest in other weddings, when have you ever had the time to notice any shortcomings. So, as a wise person once said, “the only one who will ever notice any shortcomings in your wedding arrangement, it will be you”.
- They have ideas and ideas
All wedding planners have more experience than those hiring them. They will have practical ideas and how they will work out. Whether it’s the venue, menu, theme, décor, clothes, outfits, photographer, event flow, guest seating, music, entertainment, photographers, the traditional Indian wedding card along with an Indian e wedding card along with it. Otherwise too they act as sounding boards and counsellors in case there are disagreements with your mother or your partner. They will help you plan realistic timelines about sending out the save the date, the invitations, the RSVP dates. A seasoned planner is useful even in other decisions such as planning the in-room gift hampers for your guests and more. Your wedding planner will help you with ideas that will not only work within your budget but will be practical too.
- They will take care of your guests while you are busy
On your big day, your wedding planner will ensure that everything runs like clockwork and that your guests want for nothing. This will leave you and your family free to enjoy your wedding. They will take charge of the vendors and the logistics to ensure that everything runs smoothly. In case something goes wrong they will be the point of contact instead of you getting disturbed to manage the situation. They will be the best crisis managers and will manage any tricky situation without bothering you. A seasoned wedding planner always has a back plan for everything.
- They are not only about the wedding but usually much more
You may be confident about almost everything in life but planning your wedding will always give you anxiety. With changing times you will need experienced advice on how things are being done currently. What’s in and what’s out, What’s hot and what’s not. Wedding planners are great to bounce off concerns other than the obvious. You can use their advice not only for your events but also take inputs on the wedding dresses, the makeup, your honeymoon planning and general stress management. Since they are not as invested as you or your family, their objective advice will always be more practical. For these few weeks before the wedding, they will become your friends and counsellors besides being your planners. What more can one ask for?