Five Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner
Hiring a wedding planner during the best of times makes sense. But hiring a planner during uncertain times? Crucial.
Under normal circumstances, planning a wedding is difficult. But imagine planning a wedding during a pandemic. The last year has been challenging for so many engaged couples who have faced unprecedented challenges; wedding postponements, last minute event changes, lost deposits, and steering through COVID regulations.
Glory Barbaris, Founder, Lead Planner and Designer at Always Creating Studio Weddings & Events says, “It has never been so important to hire a wedding planner than it is today. Wedding planning during the pandemic is extremely stressful because there are so many unknowns, especially with the restrictions here in Virginia. My advice to couples planning their 2021/2022 weddings is to continue ongoing communication with your booked vendors, don’t wait until the last minute to reach out to vendors to discuss your options for smaller guest list or postponements. And don’t forget your guests either, keep them updated on changes that might impact their guest experiences. Your wedding planner will provide you with guidelines and support on how to continue to plan your big day!”
For couples currently planning a wedding, you need someone who has your back. Someone who will always be in your corner. Someone who will alleviate the stress of planning a wedding so you can actually enjoy your best day ever.
Lynn Iannazzi, Owner of The Finer Points Event Planning & Design says “Over the past year we feel fortunate to have been able to help alleviate stress from our couples by helping them reschedule wedding dates and navigate through these unprecedented times. In general, it’s always a plus to know you have someone you can reach out to that is knowledgeable about weddings and can be there with expert advice on how to handle almost any situation that may arise while planning a wedding.”
Additionally Ari Jones of ARJ Productions says, “In addition to the value a planner adds with insight on Covid restrictions, adaptations and ideas to make your event a memorable celebration, your planner will also be a sounding board and partner as you come up with innovative solutions for your wedding.”
Whether you’re considering an event with 10 people or a hundred, here are top 5 reasons why you should hire a wedding planner during the best of times, and even during a pandemic.
#1 – A wedding planner will help you understand all your vendor contracts and will negotiate on your behalf.
Planning a wedding means dealing with multiple vendors, all with different contracts and policies. A wedding planner takes on the responsibility of managing these relationships, which saves you time, money and stress. They can also help you negotiate better terms, such as adding flexible postponement policies or a change of scope term in the event of any last-minute changes.
#2 – A wedding planner is always ready with a “Plan B”
Speaking of last-minute changes, an event planner is always ready for the unexpected. Whether it be new local restrictions, postponements, a change in the size of the wedding, or even the weather, a wedding planner is ready to make sure the show goes on. Re-planning, adjusting timelines, redoing vendor contracts, it’s all part of the job. And your wedding will still be just as fabulous as you always dreamt it could be.
“We have years of perspective that allows us to anticipate situations that most people wouldn’t even dream of,” Shawn Marie Carnall of An Exceptional Event explains. “A wedding I was coordinating had a donut truck vendor that didn’t show up, despite being confirmed two days prior. When the vendor didn’t arrive at the expected time and did not return phone calls, I pivoted and coordinated donuts and pastries from Wegmans close by. Not the original plan, but it saved dessert! The bride was so grateful.”
Stephanie Dasch Owner of Diamond Events adds, “Having a plan for all of the different scenarios that may arise is so important. We help our clients develop multiple backup plans depending on the weather conditions and what the current restrictions are. We find that being prepared for any situation brings comfort to the couple and a sense of relief that we are prepared no matter what”
#3 – A wedding planner will make sure you avoid any expensive mistakes
Our Hunt Country Celebrations wedding planners have planned countless weddings. Therefore, they know exactly how to avoid costly mistakes – like not reading the venue contract, or sending out the save-the-dates before finalizing the guest count. A wedding planner is there to easily guide you through all aspects of planning your wedding and prevent you from making a mistake that could end up costing money.
#4 – A wedding planner will make sure your wedding is what you have always dreamed of
Wedding planners are not only efficient at planning all the logistics of your wedding, but they are also creative pioneers. They will coordinate and bring to life what you envisioned through creative design, elegant tablescapes, stunning florals, and more. Let the experts handle these small details. You won’t regret it.
#5 – They will help you enjoy your day
You’re planning a wedding to celebrate love with your closest friends and family members. And that’s exactly why you need a helping hand so you can be in the moment and truly enjoy the best day ever.
Connect with Northern Virginia Wedding Planners
Luckily, Hunt Country Celebrations works with the best wedding planners in Northern Virginia who are ready to bring the wedding you’ve dreamed of to life. Whether you’re thinking of a micro wedding or a lavish gathering, check out any the wedding planners listed below and start planning your special day.