Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wedding Planner or No Wedding Planner...???

 (James and Addison Brooks - October 22, 2011)

For some reason at this time of year, every bride I meet with always asks me the same question: 'Why should I hire a wedding planner?'  Well, before I get into the 'nuts and bolts' of all the benefits of hiring a professional to manage the 'biggest day of your life', I'm going to let one of our InnCredible brides, Addison Brooks, give you her two-cents worth on the subject. 

  (Photo courtesy of 'Turning Leaf Studios')

This is what Addison wrote in her wedding program and shared with all her guests...(and just FYI, Marjorie and I were flabbergasted and honored!)

"When we first started preparing for a wedding, we thought, 'Eh, we don't need no stinkin' planners." Several months ago we realized, 'Uh yeah, planners would be good." Now we have a duo of wedding planning geniuses and they are heaven sent. Carrell & Marjorie asked the questions we didn't think of, got in contact with people we never thought of, and gave us so much advice while allowing us to not have to change who were are or the vision of our wedding. I'd be a wreck. Mom and I would probably be at each other's throats, and James would be reviewing escape routes. So thank you girls from all of us for keeping us sane, me in control and my mother happy. Cause if Mama ain't happy, we ain't happy."

Well, as you might guess...Mama was happy...very happy.!

So, our 'Number 1' reason for hiring a wedding planner is giving your Mom, and your soon-to-be Mother-in-Law, the luxury of actually enjoying your wedding day without having to worry about all minutia of managing your big day!

But, if you need a more convincing, here are few more reasons...

A wedding planner...

Saves YOU Time...  
On average it takes approximately 250 hours to plan a wedding. If you’re a busy professional you probably don’t have the luxury to dedicate that much time to putting together your dream wedding…but a wedding planner does! They will not only save you lots of time, they’ll also make sure nothing gets overlooked. 

(Franci and Chad Yowell - July 30, 2011)

Saves YOU Money...  
Most wedding planners have established relationships with vendors, and are able to explain pricing to you and make sure you stick to your budget. They’ll also make sure you are not paying for, or getting talked into, things you really don’t want or need. 

Saves YOUR Sanity...
There are so many little things that can get easily overlooked that most brides don’t take into consideration. A wedding planner will make sure these little things aren’t forgotten and your dream wedding comes off without a hitch. Plus…and this is a big one, they’ll be there if you need a shoulder to cry on, or a hand to hold, if things become a bit too overwhelming!

(Photo courtesy of 'Turning Leaf Studios')

Offers YOU Advice... 
Most professional wedding planners have planned and orchestrated a number of weddings so they’ll be able to tell you what will and will not work. They will also help pull all your fabulous DIY ideas together so your ‘theme’ doesn’t get lost in all the creativity, and your DIY wedding doesn’t become your DI-saster!

(Photo courtesy of 'Stellasweet Photography')

Manages YOUR Relationships...
Planning a wedding is very stressful and more often than not, someone is going to get out-of-sorts. A wedding planner will act as your go-between and will advocate on your behalf to handle any stressful situation that comes up, regardless of whether it’s with a family member, friend or vendor. Remember, they work for you and will do whatever it takes to ease your stress.

(Photo courtesy of 'Turning Leaf Studios')

Reviews YOUR Contracts and Prepares YOUR Timeline...
A wedding doesn’t just run itself. It takes a lot of time and effort to put it together. On average a professional wedding planner will take several hours working and reworking a timeline to make sure that every aspect of your wedding happens the way, and at the time, you want. In doing so, they must review all your vendor contracts and coordinate with these vendors to make sure everyone is on the same page. Then they have to put all this information down in your timeline to make sure everyone involved understands their part in your wedding. It’s a lengthy and necessary process and one that you, the bride, don’t want to have to deal with.

(Coralee Barnes - 'A Taste to Dine For' Catering)

Runs YOUR Rehearsal and Orchestrates YOUR Wedding Day... 
The success of your ceremony is based on your rehearsal. A wedding planner will make sure everyone in your wedding party knows their place and what to do during the ceremony. They will make sure everyone shows up to the ceremony on time, make sure the guys ties are straight, the gals hold their bouquets correctly, and that you make a show-stopping entrance. At your reception, they will manage your event according to your timeline so that it’s seamless, and you don’t incur any over-time charges which can be very expensive.

(LaRaye and Andy Emmert - October 29, 2011)

Is YOUR 'Go-To' Person... 
On the day of your wedding the last thing you want is for a vendor, or guest, coming up to you to ask a question, or get your advice on something. A wedding planner is there to field all these questions and concerns, and make sure you are spending your time enjoying your day and having the time of your life.

Manages Unforeseen Crisis...
Every wedding will have something go wrong. The trick is to keep these situations under wraps. A good wedding planner will handle a crisis with ease so no one is aware that anything has happened, especially you.

And most importantly...allows YOU to Enjoy Your Big Day!
Your only job on the day of your wedding is to enjoy yourself, your family and friends. Hiring a wedding planner will allow you to do this. You want this to be the most exciting day of your life, and if you hire a wedding planner you can enjoy the wedding of your dreams, not work it.

(Photo courtesy of 'Jagger Photography')

Remember, it is no longer considered a ‘luxury’ to hire a wedding planner. In today’s busy world, it is an essential part of hosting the killer wedding.

Oh, and one other wee bit of advice: when selecting a wedding planner, make sure they’re a professional and not someone who does wedding planning as a hobby. You want to make sure your dream wedding meets, or rather, exceeds your expectations, so be sure to hire a professional!

Until next time....

Making Your Wedding InnCredible
'InnCredible Events'


  1. I've already told my parents that my big thank you gift to them will be to hire a wedding planner. I want to actually spend time with them on that day, not have to try to find them wherever they are dealing with whatever the current crisis is.

    I want my dad to be able to light a cigar, sit back, and enjoy.

    1. Stephanie,
      That is an amazing gift to give your parents. And I don't just say that because I'm a wedding planner,but because it is a gift that does allow your parents to actually enjoy YOUR wedding day...and for your dad to sit back and have a cigar. Kudos to you!

      ~ Carrell

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    1. John,
      You are so right...! A wedding planner is a very important part of any wedding...and hiring the right planner will make all the difference in the world.


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