Early on, I knew I needed someone to help with the wedding. Not someone that goes along with me to run errands, but someone who has “been there and done that.” I know whether to have a wedding planner or not can be a sensitive subject for some. I have found myself explaining my rationale about my need for a wedding planner, especially since I make a living as a project manager. I tend to be a great planner (thus my love of lists), but I am not a great manager of my personal time; which makes my great lists USELESS. For those brides-to-be out there looking for rationale for having a wedding planner/coordinator, here are some factors that went into the Scooters adding a wedding planner to the budget.
1. Emotion: This is an emotional event. As much as I would like to moonlight as a professional event planner, I am not a fool! I know this is not easy. Planning this wedding has been more emotional than I expected. From not having my mother around for simple things (although my FMIL has been awesome) to the chaos that is my life right now, I am in a very fragile spot. Our wedding planner has the ability to take the emotion out of it and look objectively at the situation. Don’t get me wrong, Mr. Scooter can do that too, but he lacks that tact it takes to make me really see where he is coming from and it turns into an argument.
2. Experience: This is my first time getting married. I have not helped plan a wedding. I have only been a bridesmaid. I recognize there are a lot of things in the wedding industry that I did/do not know. Our wedding planner so far has provided good ideas and has industry insider info (how is that for alliteration) that has provided great perks. When I procrastinated scheduling my bridesmaids’ dress fittings, she knew the bridal shop owner that allowed us to have a private fitting. She gives me examples of great affordable substitutes based off a lousy vision that I give her. (I am notorious for this…Pinterest has helped greatly.)
3. Ease of the day: I envision my wedding day as a day that will be relaxing for everyone involved. I have been told that as a bridesmaid my job would be to keep the bride calm. When the day arrived, I ended up setting up altar décor, sweeping, printing programs, running to get something for the preacher. (Did I say I have been a bridesmaid quite a few times?) I truly want my day to be carefree. This ultimately drove the package selection with the wedding planner, but I am sure it will be worth it. Between the wedding planner’s team and my hostess, I think we will be in good shape.
4. Execution: When we started this process I was living in St. Joseph, Michigan and Mr. Scooter was in Lafayette, Michigan. Our wedding will be in Indy. It was hard to juggle everything besides the wedding: long-distance relationship, work, and school. To throw in trying to speak with vendors, execute contracts, and get estimates…I would have gone crazy! Having someone there to collect all the data and keep things in order has been a godsend. Having things taken off my plate has been so worth it.
Image via: Events by Love
I decided to go with Events by Love to help execute my wedding vision. For those Indy (or surrounding area) brides, I would highly recommend Events by Love. I am working with Natalie Love. (Isn’t her name very well suited for wedding planning?) She is so easy to work with and knowledgeable about the industry, and she works to serve her brides. Best of all…she is a BOILERMAKER!
Did you go with a wedding planner? Why or why not?
Scooting off for now,