Every time I meet new people, I feel like I am always waiting for the programed question of “What do you do for a living”. Telling people you’re a wedding planner always gets such great reactions. “Oh my gosh! I bet that is so much fun!” “Do you have a lot of Bridezillas?” And my all time favorite, “So, you’re like Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner?”
The last always makes me laugh! Well, if you’re referring to how awesome she is at her job – then yes! If you’re referring to how glamorous she looked during the weddings; in dresses, 6 inch heels, hair down, make up perfect – then no.
Sweaty messes during set up - But we can clean up nicely!
Don’t get me wrong; there are a ton of different definitions of a wedding planner. There are the Jennifer Lopez planners like Kevin Lee of LA Premier who manage your entire wedding. You as a couple never see or hear from the vendors until they show up on your day.
For most planners, ourselves included, a lot of our couples aren’t completely hands off. Do we do weddings that have more expendable budgets? Yes! And yes, we do weddings with less of a budget to work with. What we want to do for our couples (of all budgets) is have them invest in us and in turn we save them more money then they devoted to us.
Brides and Grooms-to-be are busy! They have full time jobs, which asks 40-60 hours a week of their time. Believe it or not, planning your wedding becomes a full-time job. Vendors want to meet you during the week (when most people are unavailable) because on the weekends they are working weddings or other events. As planners, our full time job is planning your wedding. We have the time to seek out the best options and the best bang for your buck.
We work 12-14 hour days for our couples; we sweat, climb, crawl, design, set up, and break down. We aren’t often the construction foremen – we are the women with the hammers and drills. Most importantly, we are planners for the couples with a more conservative budget as well as the couple’s whose budget is more liberal.
So can you afford a wedding planner? Simple answer…YES!!!