5 Ways a Wedding Planner Can Help Save You Money

Posted by Azure on June 23rd, 2011
Special to OneWed by Gabi Gesch from BravoBride.com

It’s almost a year away. I’m starting to try on wedding dresses and he’s finally putting his side of the guest list together.

Planning a wedding may be some women’s dream, but as men like to put it, 'Just tell me when to show up.' As my fiancé and I start to discus details of the big day, the more I dread the stress of planning everything. From caterers to reception sites, I scour the Internet for information and ask friends for their advice. Since my groom and I are at the bottom of the financial totem pole, budget is a major factor for us. So how can we have a fantastic wedding, reduce stress and still afford to live?

I have always thought that a wedding planner would be too expensive for my budget, but after talking to friends I found that there are a variety of time saving and cost effective benefits that a wedding planner can bring to your special day. Here are 5 ways that a wedding planner can help make your wedding a lot more enjoyable and still leave you with money in the bank. 1. Time is money: Wedding experts say it takes an average of 250 hours to plan a wedding, that's equal to 6 full-time working weeks! And if you plan on doing a lot of DIY wedding projects (i.e. decorations, invites, bouquets and boutonniere's), that time could increase exponentially. By hiring a planner, you are cutting your time invested in wedding planning down significantly. 2. Negotiations: Negotiating contracts with caterers, florists, wedding photographers, and other suppliers can be tedious and frustrating, but a wedding planner has experience with negotiations and can protect you from unnecessary expenses. 3. Special Discounts: Don’t be caught paying outsider prices. A wedding planner can take advantage of discounts through a network of contacts and suppliers not available to private parties. You'll avoid superfluous costs while turning your dreams into reality. 4. Ideas from other weddings: Planners can use past experiences, ideas and techniques to define and accomplish the theme and direction that you envision for your wedding. The acute sense of a planner will fulfill details and specifics that will make your day all the more special. 5. Fit your budget: Wedding planners are an incredible resource for finding bargains on quality merchandise and services. They have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the wedding industry, so finding the perfect wedding venue that fits within your budget will be a snap with a planner at your side.

Planning a wedding is a fulfilling and rewarding process but can be strenuous and stressful during a busy time in your life. From your experience, what parts of the planning process have been most stressful?

A wedding planner will help guide you every step of the way so research a wedding planner and see if one is right for you!
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