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Wedding Planning Q&A: Should I hire a wedding planner?
Should I hire a wedding planner?
It depends on your budget and the size of your wedding, but we generally feel that it's good to hire a wedding planner for a larger wedding (100+ guests) if you can afford it.
Wedding planners serve four main functions:
- Vendor Management. Help you identify the best vendors and negotiate favorable rates. Often vendors have good relationships and extensive experience with particular planners and fellow vendors, which help them work efficiently as a team on your big day.
- Advance Planning and Advice. Keep you on task and on schedule leading up to the wedding, and provide tactical, logistical and etiquette advice (e.g. day-of schedule, how many shuttles are needed, seating assignments, etc.)
- Day-of Coordination. Take care of all the logistical details behind the scenes on the big day.
- Design. Finally, wedding planners can be the creative directors who help work with vendors to allow you to realize your wedding vision.
The most important of these functions is Day-of Coordination. If you're having a wedding of 100 guests or more, it's critical to have someone behind the scenes on the day of your wedding taking care of all the details so that you can relax and enjoy your big day.
A great wedding relies on smooth logistics. To avoid chaos, everyone needs to know where they are going, when. Someone needs to stay on top of the schedule to make sure all the guests get fed, toasts or the ceremony don't run too long, everyone makes it home on a shuttle bus, etc. While this can be a bridesmaid or family member, it's ideal if you can let those folks take it easy as well (you don't want your bridesmaid to feel like a "maid" in the negative sense of the word!).