Don’t give yourself a manicure.  Don’t regret NOT hiring the pros.

Do your nails look better when you give yourself or manicure or when you go to the spa and let the professionals do it?  When my friend Bethany with Bethany Walter Photography posted the quote below on her Facebook a few days ago, it really resonated with me.

“I have found the perfect analogy for the bride who thinks she can handle all wedding things herself and doesn’t need a professional for planning, decor, flowers, photos, etc., …doing a manicure yourself.
It’s less polished, less pretty, less smooth, and less neat than having a pro do it, and about halfway through, you regret your decision.”

She even shared these lovely photos with us to illustrate her analogy:

                                                                                       

                   
image of do it yourself manicure

Our thoughts on what Bethany said:

In conversation, when asked what I do for work, and I respond with, “I am a professional wedding planner”, I am often met with the response of, “Oh, man, I wish I had hired a wedding planner when I got married.”  I will never quite understand why so many people only think of hiring someone to handle the pesky details of one of their most-special days, after-the-fact.   But this doesn’t just ring true for hiring a wedding planner.

Often times couples only wish they’d of hired the professionals once their wedding day is long-over, and only the memories remain.  More likely than not, those memories aren’t all fond memories.  Maybe they consist of the memory of that dance with Daddy where the DJ forgot to listen to the song all the way through and an advertisement interrupted their special moment.  Maybe it’s the memory of having to move the cake cutting ceremony up to before dinner, because the cake was about to fall over as it wasn’t properly constructed.  Or maybe it’s the memory of being forced into a first-look because your photographer only realized the day of the wedding that the ceremony would be taking place just a few short minutes before sunset and they failed to mention they can’t shoot with off-camera lighting.

Why are couples taking a risk?

A lot of times, when asked, couples tell us the reason for doing things themselves, or hiring friends or hobbyists to handle all of the wedding things, is because of budget.  Sometimes it’s just because they felt that the person they hired would do an okay job, and they didn’t think the task they were hired for wasn’t very important to them.

Being involved with almost 100 weddings now, we’ve seen our fair share of clients who have tried to do everything themselves, or they’ve hired hobbyists and non-professional vendors, and without a doubt something inevitably goes wrong because of something this vendor did or didn’t do.  To be fair, some hobbyists and non-professional vendors do an okay job, but 8 out of 10 times, something goes wrong.  I’m not sure about you, but I wouldn’t want to have those odds working against me on one of the most special days of my life.  Why do this to yourself?  Why not just hire professionals and truly enjoy your special day?

What can you do to make your wedding day as polished as a professional manicure?

The first place every couple should turn in their wedding planning process, before signing the first contract, is to a professional wedding planner.  Wedding planners are trained in formulating a proper budget so that you can hire professionals in every vendor category.  You may be asking yourself though, if I can’t afford to hire professionals, how can I afford to hire a wedding planner?

There’s a saying that goes something along the lines of, “If you think hiring a professional is expensive, wait until you hire an amateur.”  How true this is.  Look at it this way, sure you can take a risk and hire a vendor you find off of that popular “list” website who is cheap, but if they choose to take a gig that pays more than what they quoted you, and fail to let you know until the last minute, it’s going to cost you a lot more to then hire someone to remedy that bad decision.

A wedding planner’s goal is to help you allocate your budget properly from the start.  They can put you in contact with vendors who fit within your budget, and find ways to save you money where it can and should be saved.  Wedding planners, after sitting down with you and discussing the budget you have to work with, should show you the economical vs. standard vs. luxury pricing in your market for every vendor category.  By doing this, it allows you to see where your budget lines up, and allows you to easily choose which categories you want to spend more on, and which you want to save on.

Don’t be a risk taker!

Why take the risk of hiring non-professionals for your wedding day? You don’t have to be one of those bride’s who thinks she can do it all and then regret not hiring someone to do it for you.

If you’re sitting there thinking to yourself, “man, I don’t want this to happen to me,” or “I wonder if I could actually afford someone to handle all this for me?” then I want to talk to you!  Click on over to the contact page, fill in the information box, and a professional wedding planner will be in touch with you soon to help make sure your wedding is full of only happy memories.  Don’t give yourself a manicure.

 

 

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