This is a guest blog written by Estefania from Velvet Veil Weddings.
Couples are typically very hesitant when it comes to hiring a wedding planner. They are already spending a lot of money on their wedding, why add on another expense? However, hiring a wedding planner is an investment and can actually help you save money! Here are the ways I can help you cut costs while planning your wedding day.
Time is money, right? Planning a wedding is time-consuming and can be hard to manage with a full-time job, social obligations and trying to spend time with your fiancé, family, and friends. Some couples even take days off work to ensure everything is on track - which can result in unpaid absences. It might not be possible to search for the perfect venue, make a day-of itinerary, place orders, confirm and re-confirm with vendors all while holding a full-time job. Trust me, planning your wedding can turn into a second full-time gig. Wedding planners will do those time-consuming tasks for you, leaving you to enjoy your last few months as a newly engaged couple.
Professional wedding planners work on creating relationships with the best vendors in the wedding industry. Since we are a good referral source for companies providing a service to the wedding industry, vendors will keep us up to date with specials or new products and/or services. Since they want us to let our clients know of these offers, wedding planners are the first people they contact. We also have preferred vendors who enjoy working with us and therefore are always willing to offer discounts, perks or special packages. Even if for some reason we are unable to offer you discounts or specials on specific elements, we are knowledgeable in the cost of products or services. Therefore, we will know if you are getting a good deal or not. If you are not, wedding planners are experts at negotiating with vendors or venues to save you some cash.
Wedding planners will let you know when you want to add an unnecessary or risky component to your wedding. Not only will we advise you to not do so, we will find you a budget-friendly or better alternative. We are very resourceful and know all of the tricks, from the discounts to where to find that specific linen you want. These are the skills that allow wedding planners to suggest less expensive options and keep you from exceeding your budget...this brings me to my next point.
Even small decisions can add up to big savings when you have hired an experienced wedding planner. It’s simple: the best way to avoid overspending is to stay on budget. However, this can prove to be a lot more challenging than expected when planning your special day. It is surprisingly easy to go over budget on things you may not even think are going to be costly. However, if you hire a wedding planner at the beginning, we can help you prioritize the items that are the most special, outline your budget and stick to it. Wedding planners are experts at ensuring you are not overspending on unnecessary items, we know what items on your budget to splurge on and which to save on. We can also help stretch your budget to get the things that we know will have a bigger impact on your wedding day.
Couples are now beginning to understand that hiring a professional wedding planner is not an additional expense, but a necessity if you want to make the most of your budget for your wedding day. Some things should be left to the professionals, and weddings are one of those things. To be fair, most people getting married have never planned a wedding before, so contact me today for a one of a kind and personal approach to planning your day!
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