If you’re planning a wedding on a budget, you might think that the wedding planner is the first thing that needs to go. After all, it might be nice to pay someone else to take care of the details, but you want your finger in every pie of your wedding day. Plus, it just makes sense to save money by handling things yourself. But the key to having a great wedding on a small budget might just be in picking out the right wedding planner.
There are several things that wedding planners have at their disposal to help you plan your wedding that you just can’t get anywhere else. And the number one thing they have is time. If you’re trying to squeeze wedding details in around your busy life, chances are you’re not going to spend hours looking for the best deal on everything you need. You’ll find something that looks good and is within your budget and go for it.
Your wedding planner, on the other hand, doesn’t have a full time job competing with their planning. Getting you the perfect wedding is their full time job. So they can take as long as they need to find you just the right people to make your day special at just the right price.
Of course, for a wedding planner, it takes a lot less time to find the right people because the other thing they have is contacts. Particularly if you are planning a local wedding, your wedding planner will know everyone in the area and who is best at what. You might feel like you’re just using your planner’s usual vendors instead of shopping around for what you want, but the fact is your planner uses the same people over and over again because they are the best available.
That isn’t to say that you have to go with your wedding planner’s suggestions. You are always free to look into other photographers, bakers, DJs, whoever you want. But do try to take any quotes to your wedding planner before making a deal. They will know if a price is too out of line, in either direction. You don’t want to pay any more that you have to for a service, but, on the other hand, if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. You get what you pay for, after all.
A wedding planner has the experience needed to keep your wedding running smoothly and within budget. Details that might slip past you will be caught by them. When you hire a wedding planner to help make your big day happen, you’ll not only be saving yourself time, trouble, and stress, you will be saving yourself money too.