Do You Need a Wedding Planner? (Part 3 of the Fusion Wedding Planning Series)
Mar 9, 2019 | By: Fusion Photography
We've all seen the rom coms with wedding planners hovering over a wedding like a fairy godmother. They swoop in at the right moment and save the day. But what about for your big day? Is hiring a wedding planner the right call for your process? As with any decision you'll make for your wedding, you've got to decide what fits you and yours needs best.
Here's our take - wedding planners can be a great shoulder for some of the stress that goes along with getting your major event underway. If you're not a Type A organizational type, you might want to consider bringing a planner on board. Or if you're planning the event of the century...having a planner can keep you on track and on time even with a ton of balls in the air. If you're trying to DIY, let us give you some tips that will help you organize and plan (even if those areas aren't your strong suits).
Set yourself up for success
Some people are naturally organized but for anyone who struggles, there are so many tools to help - especially for wedding planning! The Knot has a great book/binder that can help you be your own wedding planner. They also have planning tools on their website. Set up a Pinterest board (as if you haven't had one for years in anticipation) and really hone in on what makes sense for you and your SO.
Before our clients show up at their shoot, we like them to show up at our studio so we can all get to know each other a little. We also send out questionnaires before each shoot and one of the things we ask is if you need/want any help with venues or vendors. As part of our role as your wedding photographer, we also become the clock on your big day. We sit down and map out a wedding day timeline. This includes things like knowing when sunrise and sunset are as well as timing out each element of the day (getting ready, ceremony, toasts, etc.).
Do what makes sense for you and your SO
Here's the thing: this is your wedding! Having a clear vision is going to be half the battle. Don't get married on a golf course if you and your love prefer the beach. Don't have roses if you adore daisies. The major rule is that there are no rules. You don't have to do save-the-dates or programs. You build the day to best fit you - your needs, your wants. The right planner (whether that's you or someone you bring onto your wedding team) facilitates your vision.
Build a team that works well together
Maybe your team starts when you select a planner. They're going to have contacts and will have a list of who they like working with and who will do a stellar job for you and your wedding. This can be invaluable (especially if you're getting married in a new-to-you city or if you're having a destination wedding). If you don't have a wedding planner on the team, most venues have an events coordinator and they have a list of recommended vendors. That's helpful because everyone on that list knows the drill - they know where they're going and who to ask for. And the venue is putting their name on them - if they don't pull through for you, there's (hopefully) some accountability from the venue.
At Fusion, we work with couples throughout the process (from proposal through the wedding), so sometimes we are the very first vendor that's been selected. And we LOVE that because we've been doing this long enough that we have a list of venues and vendors to meet a variety of needs and preferences for our clients. We've worked in so many amazing places, with so many powerhouse teams but we have also worked with teams that didn't deliver on their promises. When your venue and vendors come together to make your wedding come together as you imagined, it makes our jobs so much better - we get to capture all that beauty!
While we have a list of vendors we can't say enough fab things about, even when we are working with new-to-us vendors, we take on the role of coordinator. We make sure all your vendors know your wedding hashtag and use it on their social media so you'll have easy access to photos they took.
Whether you team up with a wedding planner or not, we've worked with enough couples to know that at the end of the day, you're married to your love and it ultimately doesn't matter if the cake was droopy or the ceremony ran a little longer than planned. With or without a wedding planner, there can be hitches. The best defense against some hiccups on the big day is a good attitude and a power team. And we would love to be a part of that team and offer you and your SO our experience. Not just in photography, but in wedding coordination.