Weddings are a joyful occasion, but sometimes, planning a wedding can be anything BUT joyful.
Sure, you can probably sweat through it, but it may pay to call in professional reinforcements.
A Wedding Planner!
Here, we consider the pros and cons of using a wedding planner.
Your Wedding Planner will sweat the details. Chances are, you've never planned an event of this magnitude. You'll soon learn, there's SO MANY DETAILS! Wedding planners have done this before, so they can help you wrangle details that you may overlook. Planners can also help you make the most of your budget and allocate it properly.
They have insider knowledge of the local market. Planners can be a godsend if you're putting together a wedding in a city where you don't reside. But locals can benefit, too, because they've likely worked with most of the venues and vendors in town. If we have a client who is looking for a cinematic photographer, finding one does not take weeks of research and sending emails that appear to go into the junk folder. It's one phone call!
They'll spend their time, not yours. Your wedding planner has the time to chase down obscure details and stay in constant contact with vendors for the day-to-day questions.
You have to relinquish some control. If you're the type who can't stand the idea of not doing everything yourself, it might be hard for you to turn over the details for one of the biggest events you're likely to have. However, you need to be honest with yourself about whether it's something you can do comfortably. If you decide to go with a planner, make sure that your planner is as detail-oriented as you are and has values and communication styles that align with your own.
It's an additional cost. If you feel your wedding budget is quite tight, perhaps a wedding planner isn’t the best course of action for you. If you think you need help but are on a tight budget, try seeking the help of your bridesmaid and trusted friends.
Did you know Harrybrooke Weddings offered Wedding Planning services? From the day you book your Harrybrooke Wedding, to the evening of your wedding when we say our goodbyes - our affordable and irresistible Wedding Planning service provides the helping hand you need! Don't sweat the many details and let us take that weight off your shoulders! Inquire about our Wedding Planning service here.
Welcome to the Harrybrooke family!
Let's congratulate Megan and Mung for booking their Harrybrooke Wedding for this August!
They are from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and having a Sunday Brunch wedding!
Jordan & Amanda for their September 2020 Wedding!
Planning mode: activated.
Did you know that 80% of wedding planning is done online? On average, couples spend nearly 2 hours a week planning their wedding and spend 80% of their time planning online. When looking at online planning behaviors based on time of day, mobile usage peaks from 9PM – midnight after couples are home from work and often multi-tasking, though Sunday is also a popular planning day on mobile.
Millennials, who are often referred to as the 'instant gratification' generation, make no exception when it comes to wedding planning. Not only are the majority of millennials doing recon on their wedding PRIOR to getting engaged, but right off the bat they're looking for checklists, budget tools and help on where to start in order to be efficient in the planning process. This generation (who accounts for 80% of today's marrying couples) is driven to get things done with a digital-first mindset. They are planning on mobile apps, researching vendors, and even using digital RSVPs.
I have two apps that will kick start your wedding planning process - and here they are.
The first being Pinterest -
I touched briefly on Pinterest in the last blog post. But what is Pinterest? How can it help you plan your wedding? Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as 'pinning' on Pinterest) images to their board (a collection of 'pins,' usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned. Using a visual orientation, this social network is very much focused on the concept of a person's lifestyle, allowing you to share your tastes and interests with others and discovering those of likeminded people.
Did you know Harrybrooke Weddings now has its own Pinterest?!
Here you can get visual inspiration for your wedding day. Struggling to make the tent for your reception look prettier than what it is? Check out some “tent-spiration” on our Pinterest, where you can find ideas on how to incorporate florals and decor into your reception tent. My favorite board on our Pinterest is “Harden House Vibes.” Vintage feels with pops of teal really ring resonant of the Harden House Museum!
Planning tool #2: Wedding Wire.
(Harrybrooke is on Wedding Wire, too!)
On Pinterest you found inspiration for your cake, floral arrangements, and so much more...but now you need VENDORS. Wedding Wire is the perfect place to go to seek out vendors for your special day. On Wedding Wire, you can search over 250,000 local professionals and see their reviews, pricing, availability, and more.
The best place to start is their free wedding checklist. A checklist is a good way to visualize what you have still have to do, and what you have already accomplished. You will feel so great crossing things off your Wedding Checklist!
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and daunting, but some brides and grooms take pride in planning their entire wedding on their own! If the idea of planning a wedding is too much for you - there are Wedding Planners you can hire to take that stress away and do the planning for you. At Harrybrooke, you could hire me as your personal wedding planner! As your wedding planner, I would be in direct contact with your vendors - so the only thing you have to do is marry your best friend!
So where are you in your planning process? Sound off in the comments below!
Arielle Barker (Current)