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  • Writer's pictureJordan Merlino

Why Should You Hire a Wedding Planner?

You’ve hired all the professionals for your big day; you have an amazing photographer, a talented catering team, and that hair and makeup team you’ve been eyeing up on Instagram for months. So, why would you leave the production and execution of your wedding to anyone but an experienced professional? We’re giving you five big ways that a professional wedding planner adds value to your wedding and to your engagement.

Seattle Wedding Planner, Jordan Merlino, owner of Seventh and Central.
Photo by Mary Crozier

We save you time

Weddings can take upwards of 600 hours to plan over a twelve month engagement, and that’s in addition to your everyday life. Think about everything you do on a weekly basis, your career, your kids, your relationships, and all those hours you are dedicating at the gym up until your wedding day. How awesome would it be to have a wedding planner that streamlines the process and trims those hours in half? Your wedding planner will take tasks off your plate, offer you the most efficient solutions, and create itemized planning checklists for throughout your engagement. Not only will planning your wedding be a smoother experience, but you may even have some extra time on your hands!

Your stress level will thank you

The bride and groom are the stars of the show on their wedding day, and trust us, if you’re stressed – it shows all over you faces (and your wedding photos). Can you truly be present in your first look if you’re worried about getting everyone out the door in time for the processional? Probably not. Allow someone else to carry those stresses for you on one of the most monumental days of your life, and enjoy basking in the glow of your big day, all while knowing the production of your wedding is being executed just the way you’ve wanted it. Leaving the wedding day management to a friend or family member may seem like a good idea at first, but I promise they’d much rather enjoy your big day by your side, and not from behind the scenes.

We’re your advocate

I’m going to let you in on a secret: venue coordinators are not the same thing as wedding planners. While they are valuable team members, their job is to advocate for their venue, not the bride and groom’s wishes. In addition to the day of, your wedding planner reviews your contracts with other vendors to ensure you’re protected and your vision will be brought to life. Sometimes, we even serve as your advocate when discussing wedding plans with your family. Over the period of your engagement, we will become trusted confidants and I’ll have your back along all those big and small decisions that pop up.

Keep costs down

You’ve likely never planned a wedding before, and well, let’s just say it’s not my first rodeo. Do you know how many bag pipers you should hire for a venue of your size? How much alcohol to buy? It’s okay if the answer is no - that’s why we’re here! Rather than book and pay for more than that you need, we can assist you to ensure you have secured exactly what you need for the big day. With years of experience, your wedding planner knows how to mitigate extra costs and the best ways to keep your wedding under budget while delivering the overall style you desire.

Stay on time

If you’re planning your own wedding, I am sure you’ve heard all about timelines. There’s the planning timeline, the week of timeline, the day of timeline, and sometimes it feels like there’s no way to stay on track. That is exactly where your wedding planner comes in. Not only will we keep you on track with a planning checklist customized for your engagement length, but we also build timelines for you and your bridal party for the remaining tasks on the week of. At your rehearsal, we deliver to you your final wedding day timeline that pieces together all those little parts of your wedding day puzzle in an efficient way. We work with each of your vendors to create a seamless schedule so that you can focus on being relaxed and saying, “I do.”

Whether you just said yes and haven’t started planning yet, or your wedding is three months away and you’re ready to have someone else take over the details for you, we have the skills and experience to take on your wedding day and deliver a meaningful event that you’ll never forget. Whether you are looking for full service wedding planning, or wedding day coordination in the Greater Seattle area, we are now booking 2019 dates. Please feel free to reach out to learn more and ask us any questions you may have.

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