Yes, yes you do. I would say this even if I wasn't a wedding planner. To become good at something you should do it over and over, right? Well, getting married isn't something you want to do more than once (ideally) so you should hire someone who has done it before. In addition to industry knowledge, there are some other reasons you should hire a wedding planner.
You want to make sure you don’t forget anything — there are so many details when planning a wedding. Checklists, timelines, budgets, contracts, it would be easy to over look something. Wedding coordinators have systems in place to make sure all details are accounted for and you have all your bases covered.
Your time is important and wedding planning isn't your whole life. Weddings take time to plan. It would blow most people away if they saw how many emails and notes there were in each couple’s file by the time the wedding comes around. Unless planning your wedding is your full time job, chances are you’ll want someone to help you with all the communication required.
A coordinator is like a producer of a large play with one chance to get it right. You deserve to have a perfect day and to enjoy it. Do you want to be checking the clock every 15 minutes to make sure your big day is running on schedule, that the DJ is going to play the song at the right moment to queue the start of walking down the aisle, or have the caterer come up to you at the head table to clarify which colors indicate salmon and which is vegetarian? I don’t think so. Coordinators react to and anticipate issues that arise during the event that you don't want to know are happening. Wedded bliss is what you should experience on the day of your wedding.
One thing to note is that some venues provide an amazing coordinator but keep in mind that this is usually to mange on site staff and not other details or vendors — so just because you have a site coordinator doesn't mean you have a wedding coordinator.
Oh Splendid Day would be happy to hear from you about your upcoming wedding and create a package that will allow you to enjoy one of the happiest days of your life.
Please feel free to reach out to us.
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