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No matter the size or budget, planning a wedding is a lot of work. Think of it as a part-time job on top of your regular job with much of the planning being tedious work, like reviewing contracts and making sure payments are made. Those are the types of things a wedding planner can help you with.

Hiring a wedding planner doesn’t mean outsourcing your entire wedding. A wedding planner only handles what you want them to, so you can focus on the fun parts — picking out your cake, working with the florist to design your bouquet — and leave the boring stuff to someone else.

Wedding planners have access to, and experience with, the vendors you need. While you can, and should, get recommendations from friends, and do your own research, wedding planners have networks of vendors with whom they have worked before. The planners will be able to match your vision with vendors who can make it happen, and steer you away from those who can’t.

The staff provided by your venue to help your day go smoothly are invaluable, and they will have a network of preferred vendors that they can recommend, just don’t expect them to follow up with your florist to ensure they can get the flowers you want, or go with you to your dress alterations appointment. These are things that an independent wedding planner does.

Your friends and family are not a substitute for a wedding planner, or even a “day of” coordinator. Their role is to be present to witness your marriage and take part in celebrating your new life together, not to be burdened with the responsibilities of managing your wedding.

Most importantly, YOU should be relaxed and enjoying your wedding, not trying to make sure everything is in place and nothing is overlooked. This is your special day and it will happen only once. Investing in a planner will ensure you enjoy your wedding completely.

Another benefit of hiring a planner is their ability to help you get centered and stay focused on what is important to you and your fiancé. Your planner will love to talk about your wedding. If your bestie is tired of hearing you talk about your big day, turn to your wedding planner who will be more than happy to listen and share advice based on years of experience.