To Plan or Not to Plan?  Here Are Three Ways a Wedding Planner Can Actually Save You Money. / by Kristen Bradley

Today’s blog is one of a three-part series, and in this post we will share more about why there is value in hiring a wedding planner and how a planner can actually save a couple money in the end.  Over the next couple of weeks, look out for our upcoming posts on what the differences are between a venue coordinate and a wedding planner, and finally, we will demystify day-of coordination.

When starting to plan for your wedding day, it becomes pretty apparent that there are numerous costs associated with getting married.  Everything can really add up from the photographer, to the venue, to the expected food and beverage costs, and so on.  As a result, many couples are faced with the big question - should we hire a wedding planner?  We are here to let you in on a secret - a wedding planner can actually save you money when it’s all said and done.  Plus, a wedding planner will keep you sane and actually enjoying the planning process!  Read on to learn more about why hiring a planner is the most important investment you can make for your wedding day.

Photo by Bradford Jones

Photo by Bradford Jones

More bang for your buck

Wedding planners are industry insiders and experts.  They are valuable resources, and are often able to find the best prices on products and services with their extensive knowledge.  A great wedding planner will have strong and lasting relationships with local vendors and venues that aren’t necessarily mainstream.  Couples can leverage some of these relationships, receiving 5-star products and services for 3-star prices by working alongside of a planner.  There are many businesses in the wedding industry that are hidden gems, and it’s a planner’s job to make these connections.  Additionally, many wedding planning companies, just like Sip and Twirl, own some of the rentals needed for the big day, such as tables and chairs, and couples can score a great discount on these types of items.  

Planners can help you read between the lines

Couples will soon come to realize that the majority of venues and vendors require a signed contract, and will also often require a deposit before they guarantee their products and services.  In fact, contracts are associated with nearly every aspect of the wedding planning process.  To brides and grooms, this may be the very first time that they have had to comb through the fine details of these documents, but to a seasoned wedding planner, this is all in a hard day’s work!  A good wedding planner will know what to look out for so that a couple is not charged for unnecessary things, and they will also be able to provide clarification so that couples can make informed decisions about their spending commitments.  

Photo by Bradford Jones

Photo by Bradford Jones

Time is money

This may be a bit of an overused statement, but any couple who’s gotten married, with only a few exceptions, will tell you that planning a wedding is a time consuming job!  It can be difficult and stressful for a working bride and groom to sustain full-time jobs and devote the appropriate amount of time to planning their big day.  Wedding planners are hired to keep things on schedule, and they will help take the burden off of a couple’s shoulders for some of the negotiating, researching, and busy work needed to bring the big day to life.  Further, many couples become overwhelmed with the sheer amount of decisions that need to be made in order to bring everything together for their wedding day, and a wedding planner will help a couple save hours upon hours by making professional recommendations based off of the couple’s vision and budget. 

Photo by Bradford Jones

Photo by Bradford Jones

Next week on the blog, we are going to look at the differences between venue coordinators and wedding planners, and what the specific roles of each party play.  In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you!  We are a passionate group of planners that get our kicks from planning a couple’s dream day. 

We are located in Scottsdale, AZ, and specialize in helping couples with weddings of all sizes and all budgets.  We can be reached at info@sipandtwirl.com, or at (480) 648-0663.