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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

GUEST POST: REBECCA PARKER

Browsing the discussions on LinkedIn a week or so ago, I happened on this young lady and her new site dedicated to helping the bride on a budget. I commented that DIY weddings were a tricky business and unless you are crafty or have lots of free time ( who does?), planning a wedding should be left up to the professionals that do it every day. She and I had several exchanges after that. Rebecca, as it turns out, agrees with me, but also wants to assist those brides who are able to put their own special touch to their big day. She was one of those brides who decided to do it all herself and found out that it is harder than it looks. today, Rebecca shares her thoughts with you, my readers. Thank you, Rebecca, for your insight.

Why the Budget Bride Should Hire a Planner

When it came to making a wedding budget, I immediately crossed “wedding planner” off my list. After all, I had 15 months to plan and organize and figured I could keep all the details under control myself. Hiring a planner seemed like a big expense I needed to cut right away to save money. As it turns out, that was a mistake that cost me in the long run.
As the wedding date got closer and closer and stress built, I still needed to make what seemed like a million decisions, all while I was working a full-time, high-stress job. With just one month left to go, I started making decisions based on efficiency over cost. I spent more than I needed to on flowers, favors, and even programs.
When it came down to it, the money I overspent there could have been better used toward a wedding planner, and I would have saved a lot of sanity to boot. So here’s three big reasons why I think even the budget bride should hire a planner:
Avoid the Stress of Dealing with Vendors
Without a wedding planner, you’re left to deal with all the vendors yourself, and brides often overpay when they do it this way because they don’t know what a fair price is. It’s far too easy to lose yourself in the enormous details of the day you’ve been dreaming of for much of your life.
Wedding planners also know plenty of little tricks that can help you save money. In fact, you’ll probably end up saving enough money to cover your planner’s fee, and then some. For example, wedding planners might have connections that will allow them to rent your flower vases instead of purchase them. This can save a ton of money on the decorations.
A wedding planner can also help by dispelling some of the common myths about saving money during the wedding planning process. For example, most brides think that having a buffet is cheaper than a sit-down meal, but this is not always the case. Sometimes a buffet costs more because the caterer has to keep it stocked up the entire time.
Wedding Planners Take all the Worry Away
Another reason the budget bride should hire a wedding planner is because they need someone looking out for their special day. A bride who has to worry about all of the little details often turns into Bridezilla because she is so stressed out. Your wedding day is supposed to be a day of pampering and excitement about your life ahead. The last thing you want to do is remember your special day as the worst day of your life because you were so worried that things might go wrong. Kick back, relax, and let someone else worry about it.
Staying Organized is Priceless
Hiring a wedding planner will also help keep you organized. There are so many details to attend to that it’s easy for one thing to get lost in the shuffle, but a wedding planner will make sure this doesn’t happen. She will also ensure that you get the special day you have always wanted without any of the things that could go wrong. Organization is key to planning an event of this size, and you want someone who does it professionally to help keep everything running smoothly, both before and during your special day.
Guest post by Rebecca Parker of The Wedding Planning Guides, a site dedicated to sharing practical (but fun) advice to brides and grooms throughout the ups and downs of wedding planning.

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