If you grew up watching movies like Father of the Bride, hiring a wedding planner might seem like an extravagant luxury. With the continued growth of the wedding industry, wedding planners are becoming more and more of a necessity to help manage your big day. If you’re unsure if you really need a wedding planner or how you’ll be able to afford one, keep reading to learn more about how a wedding planner helps make your wedding amazing and some tips and tricks to make it all work with your budget.

Wedding Planner vs Day of Coordinator

First of all, you should know there is a difference between a wedding planner and a wedding day coordinator. A wedding planner will likely be working with you for months before your big day and will be involved with hiring vendors, booking the right venue, sending invitations and much more. A wedding day coordinator will handle the events on the day of the wedding and make sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes. Here at An Inspired Affair we have a variety of packages to serve your different wedding planning needs. The Enchant is our full service wedding & coordination planning package that will take over the planning from start to finish, while our Dazzle package is more ideal for a bride that only needs coordination help for the rehearsal and wedding day.

Decide What You Need the Most Help With

When you’re determining if a wedding planner will fit in your budget it’s important to narrow down what exactly you need help with the most. If you’re a bride with a clear vision of how you want your wedding day to look, you might just need a coordinator to bring that vision to life on the big day. However, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the whole wedding planning process or confused about a cohesive theme for your wedding, a full service planner would be a great investment. Don’t be afraid to chat with your potential wedding planner about the areas you need the most help with to land on a package that’s right for you!

Can a wedding planner save you money?

Many people might not know that a wedding planner can actually save you money in the long run! Wedding planners know the ins and outs of the wedding industry and often have special connections to vendors or insider knowledge of the best deals. They’re also experts on budgeting and will serve as an extra set of eyes to make sure you stay within your limits. Because of this, it’s often worth it to factor the cost of a wedding planner into your budget to ultimately avoid overspending. If you take out a wedding loan to cover costs, make sure to set aside a percentage for your planner that works with what you can afford.

How to Afford a Wedding Planner:

If you’re concerned about the cost of a wedding planner, we’ve come up with a few ways to trim your budget in other areas and make it work.

Cut Down the Guest List

The quickest way to cut down on wedding costs is to bring down the size of your guest list. A lower head count means less food, drink, invites, favors and more that you’ll have to buy. It’s tough trimming people from your list, but it can be worth it to have the type of wedding you want. Just ask yourself if you would go on vacation or spend the holidays with the person. If not, maybe they shouldn’t be invited to your wedding!

Save on Printed Materials

Thick, gold foil trimmed invitations may be alluring, but chances are they’re not worth the price tag for something your guests will probably end up throwing away. The same goes for programs, menus and other printed signage at your event. Go with the cheaper option for these categories, they’ll still get the job done and let your guests know when and where your wedding will be without breaking your budget. Or better yet, instead of printing a hundred programs and menus, display the information on a beautiful chalkboard. No paper to throw away and you get to keep the chalkboard to display in your home afterward!

DIY What You Can

Creating your own favors, decor, or centerpieces will save you big on the expense of purchasing or renting items that will only be used once. DIY doesn’t have to look homemade either! Check out these centerpieces that look totally professional for a fraction of the cost. Things like arbors or chuppahs can also be made pretty easily if you’re handy with tools. This could also be a good opportunity to recruit friends or relatives who are crafty to help bring your vision to life!

Borrow or Buy Secondhand

Many former brides have extra wedding decor sitting around and are unsure what to do with it. Check out sites like Tradesy or Facebook wedding groups to find gently used wedding items that you can get for a much cheaper price. If you have friends that recently got married, ask if they have any wedding paraphenalia they’re trying to get rid of. Just don’t forget to pass on the goodwill and try to help out another bride once your big day is over!

Contact An Inspired Affair now to schedule your complimentary consultation! We are looking forward to working with you to create the wedding day of your dreams!

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