Many people only plan one wedding in their lifetime and make the mistake of trying to wing it and do it all on their own. This can be difficult, and often couples turn to a wedding planner, to ensure that everything goes smoothly. A wedding planner helps couples make decisions and keep to a schedule. Here are some tips that you'll learn if you use a wedding planner.
Manage Your Budget As You Go
It may seem obvious that you need to have a budget for a wedding, but it is a very important part that couples often choose to ignore because it is all about their big day. You should be keeping track of all expenses in a spreadsheet, and keeping columns of estimated costs and actual costs. It will allow you to quickly see how much you have spent on your wedding, if you are going over budget, and if you need to cut costs in other areas.
For example, if everything you are purchasing is 5-10% over budget, a $20,000 wedding can easily cost $22,000. Knowing what you are spending as you go can keep your budget in check and you can manage better it over time.
Hire A Day-Of Planner
Even if you do not use a wedding planner for the entire process, it can help to hire a wedding planner for just the day of your wedding. There are so many things that need to be done, and you should not be managing everything while you are trying to focus on you. Do you want to stress out about if the flowers have not arrived, or calling the caterers if they are late? Of course not. Hiring a day-of planner to handle anything unexpected gives you more time to soak in the day and enjoy it, and you will be sure not to miss a thing.
Take Time To Make Decisions
It is easy to want to say yes to vendors on the spot when making big decisions, but you should always take the time to think about it, review contracts, and avoid giving an immediate answer. It can help to think things over and talk about it with friends and family to ensure that you are making a good decision. A wedding is expensive, so take the time to make sure that you get everything right and it aligns with your overall vision of your wedding.
For more information about hiring a wedding planner for your big day, contact a local planning agency.