This reason popped up in conversation the other day, when I was asked by an acquaintance if I had worked with a particular DJ. She said she booked him but wasn't sure what kind of job he was going to do and music was a big thing for her. Meanwhile, she was also going to go with the venue's coordinator, instead of hiring a planner (that will be a future topic as well). It made me realize that that's another reason to hire a planner...so you don't have to wonder if your vendor is going to be good or not. With the preferred vendor partnerships, there is often discount passed on to the couples, for the referral. So you can save yourself money too (which is usually the reason people hire DJs or vendors they have to worry about).
Think about when you're going out to eat; what's the first thing you do to look for a restaurant? Pull up your Yelp app and start looking for reviews. If you're like me, I roll past a restaurant when the stars are 3 or less. But in the event industry, it's not as easy to sort through options. Some of us are on Yelp, Wedding Wire, Thumbtack and other sites where we can be rated...but that's not all vendors. It's not an easy platform to sort through; some not so great vendors, have a ton of reviews, but aren't good anymore, they've just been in the industry for years. Some vendors with lower reviews are amazing, but their couples haven't posted reviews. So how do you sort through that? You hire a planner that can refer you to their preferred list and also vet any suggested vendors, from their professionals experience, rather than your emotional decision.
Keep following as I continue with more tips in the month of March. Until then, stay magnificent.
Let's look at what happens when you start to loose your sanity and your stress levels rise: you tend to eat wrong, workout less, get short with friends/family/coworkers, and your whole vibe gets out of wack. Now imagine this happening while you're planning your wedding or a conference you're also speaking at. How do you feel on the big day? Exhausted, with bags under your eyes and you just can't wait until it's all over. By the way, this IS how your family feels if you leave them to plan your wedding...just FYI :) My question to you is: why? Why put yourself through that when you don't have to. It's unnecessary because there is someone out there that can help. Someone that is an expert in this event planning thing. You should want to arrive on your wedding day, flawless and stress free. You should expect to walk into your conference and straight to the stage, with fresh energy. Leave the stress to the expert.
Let's look at another example. One of the most talked about things in the event industry right now, is the infamous 'Fyre Festival', known as the greatest event that never happened and one of the most hyped up, yet failed events. While there were many things about the Fyre Festival that went wrong, the Netflix documentary is now an educational piece for planners. We'll talk more about this festival in later blogs, but on the topic of today's reason, the team planning the event basically went insane. They believed they could do something, hours before guests arrived, that was simply, impossible. They were rude to guests, they made bad judgement calls, and they endanger lives. They had literally lost it, in the process of trying to do something they had never done - an not once, did they consult a professional on the scaleability of what they were trying to produce.
Think about starting a workout or a financial plan for the new year. You walk into the gym, you try some weights, you get frustrated and leave, vowing to start your workout next year. Or you go online to start to look at ways to invest and you go down a rabbit hole of information. You eventually feel overwhelmed and you quit; maybe next year. But what if you would have hired a trainer at the gym or joined a gym with a circuit program? You probably would have stuck it out because you had someone to guide you. Or if you would have saved time, and visited a local investment firm to consult with a financial planner? You would have saved your sanity and gotten the results you were looking for, instead of just frustration.
Don't let this be your or someone you know. We are writing this to help people. And it may not seem like a big deal; I mean, being a professional wedding planner or event planner isn't like we're saving lives, but we are saving the moments that matter, for your life, and that's something. Check out the video on YouTube to hear a little more banter on the subject. Tune in tomorrow. Stay magnificent.
On to day number two and the second reason to hire a planner. This applies to couples, corporate executives, CEOs, associations, and anyone whose asked to plan events (and it's not part of their job title). Here's why you should hire a planner - because you need someone to take the ideas that you have, and make then actually happen. To help create a streamline plan and execute the plan seamlessly.
I met with a couple today that is getting married in June. They inspired me to write reason number two. They were very laid back, which is a nice type of client to have; except, they also had no real direction. They has Pinterest inspiration, cultural influences, family input, and fun ideas they saw at other weddings; but they needed help to bring it together in a way that was feasible and fit the budget.
I have also experienced this with corporate clients. They have an idea of what they want and absolutely no clue how to actually make it happen. Or if they can even make it happen. One of my clients always tosses the expertise angle to me. He'll tell me what he things he wants, and then says 'But you do this, so you probably know better than I do, if that can even be done'. I appreciate his recognition and think it fits nicely into the point of Reason #2.
So, what's the reason to day to have a planner? Because you need someone to bring all your ideas together, create direction, and make sure it's executed flawlessly. Tune in tomorrow. Until then, stay magnificent.
I meet a lot of couples. Some through Wedding Wire, Yelp, and other online resources. I also meet couples in person, at wedding fairs and networking events. What always makes me laugh, is when couples tell me "We're good, we don't need a planner. We're doing it ourselves; we've got it". That sounds really great in theory...and I even thought the same thing when I got married a decade ago, but the reality is...you really don't got it. So, because I hear this often and I can't always relay the message to each couple, or future client, I decided to do a video/blog series for the month of March (Women's History Month), and educate some of these people. If you have a friend that's engaged, or know someone getting married, or in the capacity where they plan events (that aren't part of their job title), please share this with them. Encourage them to check out the YouTube Channel where all the tips will be posted daily. Whether they book us or someone else, doesn't matter to me (it kinda does, but it's not the point :), we just want to help people think logically when they are planning, especially their wedding.
So what is reason number one? Reason #1 is: Planners have experience you don't have. Your event will not be their first time planning. You may only plan one wedding, compared to the dozens of wedding a planner has managed. You may be planning your first company event, and a planner is already years ahead of you. Don't risk what you don't know; hire a pro.