Throughout my years of experience as a Long Island Wedding Photographer, I’ve picked up quite a few tips and tricks for what makes for a successful and stress-free wedding day. One of the most important lessons has been what type of support couples need most on their wedding day. Hiring a wedding planner is not typically the first decision that most couples make when it comes to planning their wedding. However, let me just tell you that investing in a wedding planner can be a major game-changer when it comes to making sure your wedding day runs as smoothly and stress-free as possible.

Next to your wedding photographer, your wedding planner can be incredibly influential and helpful throughout the planning process and wedding day. Not only can your wedding planner alleviate stress but can also help reallocate your energy into other things that may need your attention on your wedding day.

A wedding planner may not seem like the first thing that you're going to want to run out and invest in for your wedding expenses, but let me tell you this. Hiring and investing in a wedding planner can quite literally change your whole wedding planning life and can ultimately save you on one of the most important days in you and your partner's lives. Now, let me explain.

What Is A Wedding Planner?

A wedding planner is someone who handles all of the logistics. They are someone who can help with vendor referrals, contract negotiations, vendor communication to day-of execution on your wedding day. Wedding planner's essentially can take a load of stress off your shoulders and ensure that you are fully and thoroughly enjoying the entire process. Does that mean that they make every single tiny decision for you without your consent? Absolutely not. Essentially, your wedding planner is there to help get ish DONE.

Hiring a wedding planner also means that you have someone who is there to help keep track of your wedding budget. As we begin planning that big special moment, it can be easy to get blinded by the things that we want vs the things that we need. That is when your budget starts to become a little bit "flexible", if you know what I mean. Hiring a wedding planner for your wedding day helps keep everything in check, you accountable and makes sure that your money is being spent in the *right* places. Other responsibilities that a wedding planner may have are designing/styling services, full planning services, etc. This will completely depend on your wedding budget, how much support you're looking to have as well as what services that specific wedding planner has to offer.

Benefits Of Hiring A Wedding Planner For Your Wedding Day

So maybe at this point, you’re intrigued. I’ve caught your attention… now what? Well rather than just tell you this is what you *have* to do, let me back it up with some facts. Below are just some of the reasons why investing in a wedding planning for your wedding day can be life-changing.

Hiring A Wedding Planner Gives You Peace Of Mind

One of the most important things in general, but especially during your wedding planning journey, is your mental health and stability. Especially when it comes to something as stressful as wedding planning, things can get hectic very quickly. That's why hiring a wedding planner allows you to have more peace of mind on your wedding day. No need to worry about all of the logistics of the wedding day, because your wedding planner has got your back! The whole point of hiring a wedding planner is so that you don't have to worry about all of the teensy weensy decision making on your big day. You should be able to kick back and relax, and that way your wedding planner can make sure that your wedding day vision is executed promptly and swiftly.

Hiring A Wedding Planner Gives You A Point Of Contact

Hiring a wedding planner for your wedding day also allows for you to have a point of contact. Not just you however, but anyone including members of your wedding party and your other vendors such as muah! The last thing your vendors want is to disrupt you with a small question, especially when our goal is to make sure you have the most fabulous day ever. Hiring a wedding planner also helps your wedding vendors to move more effectively and have someone to turn to if there is ever any sort of issue. Your wedding planner will take the brunt of the work so that you can enjoy your day to the fullest. Rather than you focusing on the issues, let your wedding planner do it. That's their job!

Leading up to the wedding day, a wedding planner is also there to act as your support as well. Someone who is there to communicate with other vendors, and ensure that you are getting fed the correct information. With so many different vendors and information to juggle, so much information gets tossed around and lost in the sauce. Your wedding planner helps keep you organized and ensures that everything that you are hearing is exactly what you're getting.

Helps You With Your Budget

I touched on this briefly above, but hiring a wedding planner for your wedding day also helps you stay within your wedding budget. We all know how hard it is to see something sparkly and shiny and sometimes we just *have* to have it. However, our budgets are not within the range to be splurging left and right. In comes your wedding planner who is there to ensure that you are staying well within your wedding budget. This goes for the other wedding vendors you hire, your venue, your decor and florals, etc. Your wedding planner is there to help keep you in check so that you don't scream next time you look at your credit card bill!

Helps With Your Creative Vision

Your wedding planner is also there to help you with your creative vision. As someone who struggles sometimes putting together exactly what I want into words, hiring a wedding planner is the perfect solution. A wedding planner is there to help bring your wedding day vision to life, that's their job. Helping you in curating all of your vendors and ensuring that on the day of your special day everything looks just how you want it? Yeah, they've got it. Being able to communicate with your wedding planner to ensure that you are getting exactly what you envision is key though. Sharing a Pinterest board for inspiration is one of the many ways to perfectly curate your vision with your wedding planner to ensure you are getting the ultimate dream wedding.

Should You Hire A Wedding Planner For Your Wedding Day

The million dollar question, should you hire a wedding planner for your wedding day? In my humble opinion, I would say absolutely YES. Hiring a wedding planner helps put your mind at ease, helps you with your creative vision and overall ensures that you are living the good life on one of the most special nights in your entire life. If you're wanting some wedding planner recommendations, I always give my couples the inside scoop to some of the best Long Island / New York wedding planners. If you're in need of a Long Island wedding photographer ready to capture your special day, click here!