If you are recently engaged and starting to make plans, you are probably realizing there is so much more that goes into a wedding than you could have ever imagined. The venue, the dress, the food, the guest list, the band, the wedding party, the photographers…the list goes on and on! With so many details to think about, you may be wondering if you should hire an event planner to help coordinate your special day. We often get asked this question as photographers and our answer is that it’s really up to you! But we definitely suggest you consider it, as it may make your wedding day even more enjoyable.

The beauty of getting married is that there's no right or wrong way to go about it. Since we are often asked about wedding and event planners, we thought it would help to share the top reasons you would want someone to take care of all the details. A big thank you to our lovely friends Chelsea and Kayla of CK Wedding & Event Design based here in Portland, Oregon – we picked their brains to learn a bit more about the ins and outs of wedding planning (if you are getting married in the PNW, we highly recommend them!). So here we go, in no particular order. 

Why Hire a Wedding Planner? Because They Will...

Support You Throughout the Booking Process – event planners have established relationships with many vendors and understand how to take your vision and break it down into manageable pieces. They also know how to find vendors that fit into your budget. Let’s say you really want cupcakes as your wedding dessert. Your event planner can recommend several options that will fit with your style and finances.

Maintain Vendor Quality – we all want the best quality when it comes to our most special moments, like birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and of course, our wedding. Event planners are professionals and have a network of fellow professionals in the industry. They understand your expectations and can ensure you get the best of the best. They will also attend meetings with you and your vendors, and be on your side to help navigate contracts, answer questions, or validate your choices. 

Save You Money – this may seem counterintuitive as you could pay more for an event planner, but their time and experience in the industry have made them experts on what you should and shouldn’t spend. For most of us, we aren’t sure how much the photographers, DJ, flowers, or catering should really cost. So it’s helpful to have partners who can tell you if those extra bouquets are priced correctly or if there are other floral options that will make you and your budget just as happy.

  • Handle Everything the Day of – the best part of having a wedding planner is that they take care of things throughout your wedding day so you can relax and enjoy your time with family, friends, and loved ones. If the unexpected comes up, they will fix it with ease. Let’s say your makeup artist cancels last minute with a major family emergency (this has actually happened!). Your wedding planner will have some connections to secure a vendor they trust to show up in 24 hours and make you look your very best. It’s a great way to give you some additional peace of mind on one of the most important days of your life. And, you can be 100% focused on the love of your life.

To sum it up, there are so many things to think about as you plan your wedding. While we would never say you must hire a wedding planner, we think it’s definitely worth considering. Happy planning!