When planning your wedding you’ve been probably been inundated with stats and figures of the average wedding costing $25,000. Then you hear stories of people spending 2 to 10 times that much. So, what if you don’t have that kind of money but still want the wedding of your dreams? Yes, you can go the DIY route, but what if you’re not crafty or have the time to do so? This may sound counterintuitive, but simply hire a professional; it will save you time and money in the long run.
Quality VS Quantity: Many people associate hiring a professional service with high dollar signs, when quite frankly, this isn’t the case for most professionals. Many vendors offer several packages to accommodate many different budgets. Reduce the number of hours, the number of flowers, or expensive add-ons to stay in budget. Don’t suffer on quality for higher quantity.
The DIY Lie: With sites like Pinterest and DIY blogs gives us a false sense of artistic ability. That’s great that you’re artistic, but can you honestly think you’ll have the time and ability to reproduce something as well a professional? Don’t think just because you are doing it, it won’t cost you money. Working as a wedding coordinator for several years, I’ve been to dozens of weddings in all different budgets. Nine out of ten DIY weddings you can tell it wasn’t professionally done. In most cases, the DIY décor is minimalistic, sloppy, or not cohesive with the overall design. Don’t get me wrong, I love personalized DIY touches. But let me be clear, touches are great but leave the majority to the professionals. The professionals will be able to look at the overall theme and design and work with you to make a seamless transition from DIY to professional. I will probably rant about this more about how I think Pinterest is a bunch of lies - but I'll continue.
The Hidden Details: Most people don’t have that much experience with weddings. Any given person might go to one wedding a year and have one wedding of their own. Regardless of the number of blogs you’ll read to prepare- you are going to forget about the little details. Let’s take floral or example. Do you know what flowers are in season? Where to find the best flowers? What are cheaper flower substitutes? Where to buy those amazing vases? What are you going to do with the vases at the end of the night? Who is going to set up and tear down? What flowers wont wilt in direct sunlight? The size of the flowers needed to fill a 60” table? These are just a fraction of the questions for one small piece of the wedding. Let the professionals take care of the details.
Now that I have (hopefully) convinced you to hire professionals for your wedding, let me give you words of caution; research every person before you hire them. Couples with limited budget wanting a professional might become very tempted by the “too good to be true” vendor. Things you need to know before you sign on the dotted line: do they have a business license, how many weddings have they done, and do they have a contract (do not hire them without a contract). Then you need to look at previous work, read online reviews and testimonials, and then ask any of your trusted sources (other vendors, friends, or local vendor websites). Every planner, including myself, will have worked with dozens of different vendors in each category and often times would love to help steer you in the right direction. Personally, I give my clients a list of my recommended vendors when signing a contract so they have a general direction but I can also help with finding the perfect vendor that is available, in your budget and will fit with your personality (an important and often over looked factor). Take a look at my packages offered to see if I can help you find the perfect match.