We, as an industry, are all saddened by the news that Style Me Pretty is closing their doors as of April 30, 2018. Style Me Pretty has been such an important resource personally for us and for so many others in the industry in sharing our work, and also for couples in finding inspiration and tips in planning their weddings. It has never been more important and prevalent for couples to hire a wedding planner for their wedding than a time like this. In having a wedding planner, don't just hire any wedding planner, hire one that is seasoned and experienced as they are the ones that understands all the ins and outs and the nuances of planning a wedding while having the ability to actually execute and produce a wedding. It's true that I might be biased in why having a wedding planner is so important as that is what we do on the daily. But knowing exactly what we do for our couples is exactly HOW I know that everyone needs a wedding planner for their wedding. Professionals, ones that are tried and true, will always carry you through the process and to the finish line better, stronger and deliver beyond your wildest imaginations. Think Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper. (enough said, right?) That is what an experienced wedding planner can do for you and your wedding. In a world of styled shoots and workshops, it's hard to differentiate between those that can put together a pretty table vs. those that can do just that AND actually plan and produce a wedding to the level and scale that you need them to do it at. So today, we are sharing why hiring a wedding planner...a good and seasoned one, is the best thing that you can do for you and your fiancé while you plan for one of the most important moments of your lives.
WE ARE YOUR WEDDING SHAMANS
We always have couples that know from the minute that they are engaged that they want to work with a planner to create the wedding of their dreams. We love and adore couples like that. But more often than not, there are many couples that come to us out of exasperation in attempting to plan their own wedding. They've realized that they have no idea where to start and what to do, which in turn, has taken all the fun out of planning and subsequently has added stress to their daily lives. And let's face it, who needs more stress in their lives? I truly believe that there is a secret sauce in strategic planning that let's all the elements of planning a wedding fall into place at the right time and in the right way. A seasoned wedding planner will guide you through that process and help you make sure that the right steps are taken, when they need to be taken.
WE ARE INSIDER'S OF OUR INDUSTRY AND KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!
We all want insider information in everything in life don't we? The same goes for wedding planning. Seasoned wedding planners are in "the know" of what's happening in the industry whether it be in trends, what's in and what's out, the up and coming experiences that you can offer to guests, a certain food or cuisine that you would like served and most importantly, the best people to work with for your wedding! Planning your wedding by researching the internet can turn into an endless abyss of information and more often than not, you can become more lost in your research from what you find than from where you started. A good wedding planner is able to help you streamline and sort through all of what you are hoping for and source exactly what you are looking for. Whether it be in connecting you to vendors that are the best match for you, a certain service that you've seen your favorite celebrity and influencer do, finding a mini horse to turn into a unicorn to walk down the aisle with (kidding, but not kidding..this is a real life example and I LOVE this particular bride for it!) and other cool tools to use for whatever it is you are looking for. (Example, connecting brides to Zola when they are looking for a classy way to do a fund vs. a traditional registry...in which they can do oh so well too.) Because we do this all day long and are connected in this wonderful and fabulous world of weddings, we know how to find what you're looking for and connect you with the best people that will make it happen for you. Because trust is the most important foundation in which we build our relationship on with our couples, we won't let you down in the people, resources and vendors that we bring to the table because we know YOU. We know what you want, and we won't stop until we find and connect you with what we know you'll love.
WE WILL SAVE YOU MONEY.
Yes, you heard me right! We will save you money, and not just in the way that the saying goes "time saved equals money saved". (Which, by the way, we do tenfold). We save you money by making sure that you are allocating your funds in the right area that creates the maximum impact that you are hoping to see for your wedding on the day of. In helping you choose the right vendor that is right for you, we are also saving you money, and this goes hand in hand with our last point in a good planner giving you the right guidance that fits YOU. Yes, having a wedding planner in itself is an investment. But trust me when I say, a good planner will help you budget the correct way and invest in the things that will create the most memorable experience and day that you have envisioned. With a good planner, you will be able to look back on your day and say, "my day was worth every single penny and so was my planner who made it all happen for me."
WE ARE YOUR ADVOCATES
There is nothing more important and empowering than to know that someone is on your side. This especially rings true when it comes to your wedding. I can't tell you how many times we've become the peacemakers between family members when one party wants things a certain way while our couple wants things another way and can't find the words to say it. In the same way, this also happens with couples communicating with their vendors upon ideas they may have and the service they envisioned being a certain way. This is where we, as your planners, come in and communicate your wants and desires to your vendors for you so that you don't have to deal with the discomfort of having to do so yourselves. We are your voice. I will also add that seasoned vendors, on the day of, will know how to tactfully identify and communicate with other vendors when they see things not being done or set up the way that we know you would want them to be while maintaining and giving the respect that every vendor deserves. All in all, we are on your side. We are for YOU. And there's nothing better than having someone in your corner.
CALL US MARY POPPINS
In all seriousness, there are so many things that can and will happen on the day of. But as a bride and groom on your wedding day, you don't want to hear about it, you don't want to know about it and you most certainly don't want to deal with it. With a seasoned wedding planner, they will be able to navigate through whatever happens on the day of to make sure that you are in absolute bliss enjoying your day while they work behind the scenes in straightening out situations that may go awry. I personally feel that how high pressured situations are handled on the wedding day is the true test of how good a wedding planner actually is. A good wedding planner will never let you see or feel that something is off, they will just fix it in a way that is effortlessly done. That is something that only comes with experience. After the fact, we might (just might) fill you in all the funny things that happened that we had to work out so that you, in turn, can tell your friends and family for years to come and have a laugh about it around the dinner table.
And that, my friends, is the true magic of having a good and seasoned wedding planner.