Many of my clients have used a wedding planner to help with the details for the wedding. However, not everyone does, so I asked April Dorsey, an Orlando-based wedding planner/coordinator (and owner of The D-Tales) for her insight. The D-Tales is a recipient of WeddingWire “Bride’s Choice Award” for 2011.
April had this to say:
Many couples never even consider hiring a wedding planner because they think it may be out of their budget. Every bride should realize that having professional assistance can save you time, aggravation, and even money. Do you need a wedding planner?
- You are way behind on your checklist and schedule
- You both work full-time jobs that will prevent you from meeting with vendors on weekdays? (Remember, vendors work on weekends!) Are you having your wedding on a Saturday? Well, you don’t want vendors scheduling a consult at YOUR wedding, do you?
- You don’t have other outside help such as an involved mother-of-the-bride, helpful bridesmaids, or knowledgeable friends (or you don’t want them taking over. Trust me, a planner can help you overcome any strains on relationships with people who “want” to help)
- You don’t know people who can give you reliable vendor recommendations. (Honestly, a good wedding planner is connected with the industry. We know who is reputable, professional, ethical and who fit your style/budget! )
- You are having a destination wedding (we love destination weddings — in Florida or elsewhere. A planner can tell you what to ask during a site visit or we can do the dirty work for you)
- You’re excited to be married, but just thinking about wedding planning fills you with dread (some people just aren’t able to focus or prepare a realistic plan.
- You’re having a very short engagement (need to get it done fast? With a few quick phone calls, a planner can make it happen QUICK)
- You can envision your wedding, you just have no idea how to make your dreams come true (you can spend days searching for the perfect linens and STILL not see everything. A planner will do everything needed to give you ideas)
- You can’t even envision your wedding (some brides can’t conceptualize, decide on, or envision their day. I consider myself a design expert as well as a planner. If you need inspiration for your day, a planner can work to get samples and inspiration for you to see and then help you decide)
- You’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and generally wishing that you had decided to elope. (Pretty common when you don’t have a solid plan). It can be so much easier and focused when you have a planner!
If said yes to one or more of the above, you should at least look into the options of hiring a wedding planner. Of course, if you’re looking to save money, this may be an expense that you can avoid. But keep in mind that because of inside connections and experience that allows them to avoid common mistakes, hiring a wedding planner might be the most cost-effective move in the end. Ask a bride who has had one and a bride who didn’t have one… I can predict 100% of the answers!
To see more information about April and The D-Tales, please visit their website at www.thedtales.com.