12 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Wedding Planner

Not everyone is going to need or want a wedding planner to help them with your wedding and that is totally ok!  It can be an expense that people are not willing to part with however you should consider a few factors about why you should have a wedding planner first before you make your final decision. Wedding Planners can help you so much with your wedding, your decor, the budget (ummm you may have to spend to get a planner but you get back in budget costs!), timeline, day of service. Here is my top 12 reasons why you should hire a wedding planner.

12 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Wedding Planner

  1. TIME
    This is really where the Wedding Planner brings the most to the table. We have done this before so we know who and where are all the best vendors and venues are, which cuts down on the amount of time you are going to spend searching for them on your own.
    We can visualize your wedding theme/decor instantly giving you ideas that might be perfect for you rather than you again searching and filling up your pinterest board. Let’s be honest, if your board is full how often do you go back to those pinned photos?
    The time you are going to spend planning your wedding is huge and even more so huge because for most it’s your first wedding so it’s all new and your learning. A planner saves you so much time in so many aspects that you are going to really appreciate how enjoyable the planning process is going to be.Edmonton wedding planner tall floral arrangement
  2. MONEY
    Here’s the subject that really seems to be the big deciding factor. A good experienced planner can be expensive but they can also save you money, time and stress. We’ve worked with the best vendors and more than often they go above and beyond for our clients because the planner has built a great relationship with them that you the bride and groom get to benefit from. Some vendors also give discounts on their services to planners which we get to pass onto our clients to enjoy. So yes it will cost you money but in the long run it will pay off in so many ways.
  3. STRESS
    Did someone say weddings are stressful to plan? I cannot count the number of times I have been told by the groom (once in their speech) – “I didn’t want to hire a wedding planner originally but I am so thankful we did. You were amazing, my bride enjoyed the whole planning process and she never was stressed out or overwhelmed by the wedding”.
    It is our job to take the stress off of the happy couple. We have done this before, we love doing it and it’s our job. Your planner should be able to come to you with ideas, create an entire budget for your wedding that is updated through out the planning process. You should know that if you have questions you don’t have to scour the internet looking for answers but instead just send an email, call or text to your planner. We handle all the details so all you have to do is relax and enjoy!20141-5
  4. BE INVOLVED OR NOT
    Just because you hired a planner doesn’t mean that they take over. It’s your wedding day and we are just there to help you along. If you would rather have your wedding planner handle everything then that’s our job and we will keep you up to date on the status of the planning and ask you questions as they come. If you really want to be right in there then  let’s do it! It’s your day and really we are just here to do the nitty gritty stuff so you can enjoy the fun stuff!
  5. BUDGET
    This is such a scary one for the couple to handle so let your wedding planner take that off your list. We provide you with an accurate estimate of your wedding costs, tell you where to cut/add and give you ideas on how we can make the wedding work within your budget and desired theme/style. Having a planner take this task off your plate is huge, it keeps your budget on track, keeps the bride/groom/both from going too crazy with their wedding desires and you know where you stand. Weddings are costly so having someone experience help you tackle this is beyond worth it.Desert Display!
  6. VENDORS
    I’ve said this above but the relationship that wedding planners bring with them is so valuable. We’ve worked with these vendors on multiple weddings so we know that they provide quality work, they are on time, they never fail us in their skills and that when we recommend them we can stand behind them 100%.
  7. SET UP & TEAR DOWN
    Hands up if you want to be setting up your wedding decor the day of your wedding? Or asking your bridal party to head to the venue after dress rehearsal to set up the room? In this virtual blog room I don’t see any hands. Why? Because you have better things do to! Like enjoying your dress rehearsal and dinner, like getting your makeup and hair down with your bridal party on your wedding day. Like partying the night away with all your bestie’s without having to worry that you need to clean up that night before you go home. Let the planner handle that for you! Nobody wants to be on clean up patrol at 1AM. The planner set it up, they know which box each item goes into, the have a team to help them and can get it done for you. Enjoy your day!Edmonton wedding planner tall floral arrangement
  8. DAY OF COORDINATION
    This is the big day and there is so much to get done. Do you want to remember as much details about your day as possible or do you want to remember running around, worried that everyone is going to remember when they need to walk down the aisle, did the candles get lit at the reception, will the dj, lighting, cake and flowers make it to the reception and look good? No you don’t want to remember those details. Who would? Let your planner take care of that. Wedding Planners can catch details that need to be fixed before you even know about it, sometimes you will never know if something went wrong. They also have backup plans in the event that it rains and how they are going to convert your outdoor wedding ceremony to indoors. Your day is so busy and all you should have to worry about it enjoying it.
  9. THEME & INSPIRATION BOARDS
    I’m a little decor and detail specific so I LOVE the theme and inspiration boards for couples. It’s a way to take the bride and grooms ideas make them all work together and give a visual on how the day is going to look from start to finish. We know what is available in Edmonton or who can make it for us. We can give you ideas you didn’t think of, add in venue specific details and really bring your vision to life.IMG_0287-EditWEB
  10. DETAILS
    It’s all in the details and Wedding Planners love it! We take care of the details from the decor, to stationary, to where to put the photographer at a table (this seems to be forgotten by a lot of couples), to the coordination of the ceremony to reception. It’s easy to overlook the small details but Wedding Planners know all the details that need to be taken care of even the small ones.
  11. TIMELINE COORDINATION
    Wedding Planners create a detailed timeline that is specific to the bride and groom, the bridal party, the vendors and for themselves. This keeps everyone on time, know where and when they should be there. This also helps the venue know when to expect vendor drop offs like rentals, cake and the DJ.  If by chance someone is late they can be easily contacted and if they are lost then they just need to refer to their timeline to know what the address and contact person’s details to get to where they need to be.
  12. LOVE YOUR PLANNING EXPERIENCE
    The planning experience can be such a fun one especially if you are working with a Wedding Planner. It’s the planners job to make it enjoyable for you, we want you to love your planning experience and feel confident that your day is going to be exactly as you want it to be.
    edmonton wedding planner Jennifer Kinal Fresh Look Event Management

If you have any more wedding planning questions feel free to send me an email and we can chat more about your wedding day, questions and why you should hire a wedding planner! xo Jen from Fresh Look Event Management.

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Wedding Reception Stationery

I am a huge fan of wedding reception stationery and making it coordinate with your wedding invitations. I like to have the whole wedding match, kinda like a theme but with your stationery. Some guests may notice it but others will notice it unconsciously and recognize the coordinated theme through out the whole decor. It starts with a save the date and invitation, your introduction to your wedding colours, theme and feel. Then it spreads to your programs, escort cards/seating chart, table numbers, menus and so many more fun ways to bring your stationery design to life. Today I thought it would be fun to show you the many ways you can make your wedding flow nicely with stationery. And since I am feeling a little summery, bright and cheerful I am going to make that the theme for the wedding stationery I pick. Hope this inspires you think about how you can use the same design from beginning to end of your wedding.

Beautiful Watercolour floral save the date wedding cards! #wedding #savethedate #stationerySave the Dates: I think save the dates are a great idea but to be completely honest I think they are more of a formal thing than a necessary wedding etiquette. If your wedding is in the summer then it is nice to give a heads up to your guests of your date so they don’t book their vacation then. That said anyone you really really want to attend your wedding will definitely already know your date, either from talking with you or a close family member. If you decide to send out some save the dates then etiquette suggests that you send them out 6 months before the big day.

Love this bright floral wedding invitations and all the co-ordinating stationery that goes with it! #wedding #invitations #stationery #receptionThe Invitation: Seriously I adore this stunning floral wedding invitation design. The use of watercolour artwork just gives this such a personalized touch to the design. Depending on the amount of detail and information you want to include in the invitations you can add on additional cards with details such as accommodations, rsvp and even a fun address band to wrap around the envelope.

Beautiful Watercolour accommodations wedding card help guests to know where they can stay on your big day #wedding #invitationsAccommodations Card

love this watercolour design wedding invitation with matching RSVP Card. #wedding #invitation #rsvp #watercolour #stationeryRSVP Card

Adore how you can add this address label to the outside of your envelope. It makes your invitation so much more fun and personalized #wedding #invitation #stationery #watercolourWrap Around Wedding Address Label

 Next is all the coordinating stationery!! This is where the fun really begins since it will help bring your table and wedding decorations to life.

this is such a beautifully designed wedding ceremony program. The colours and the watercolour texture is beautiful #wedding #program #stationery #invitationWedding Ceremony Program: It is so nice to go to a wedding and see a well designed program, especially if it matches everything else visually the guests will see that day. Instead of the usual printed at home on white paper with black ink and folded in half.

I seriously love having custom wedding table numbers for your wedding rather than the hotel provided numbers. They are so much prettier and more personal #wedding #table #numbersTable Numbers: I have always really disliked the table numbers that are provided by the hotel. For me there is nothing less personal than the white table numbers on a metal tall stand. I love having my table numbers match the decor, either through the stationery like I am showing here or with something that matches the theme.

bright floral wedding menu #wedding #menu #stationery #designMenu: Menu’s are something that I consider optional. It’s nice for the guests to know what they can expect for the menu but not necessary. You can choose to have one at each guests seat (which is my preferred because it looks nicer) or 1-2 per table for guests to browse.

these would be really pretty wrapped around a napkin and would also continue the stationery theme #wedding #stationery #receptionBelly Bands: These are just an extra add that I thought I would share. They would be really pretty wrapped around napkins or water bottles if you are having an outdoor ceremony.

bright floral gift tag is super cute for your wedding favors #wedding #favors #gifttagGift Tags: Another absolute favourite of mine is to create custom gift tags for your wedding favors. It’s small but extra personal for your guests and a great take away for them from your wedding.

LOVE these bright watercolour wedding coasters! They are just too much fun! #wedding #stationery Wedding Coasters: I cannot even begin to share my excitement about how fun this idea is. Picture having a stack of these at the bar for guests to use, or scattered in the cocktail area. It is just too much fun.

such a beautiful thank you card that goes with the entire wedding stationery design #wedding #stationery #thankyoucardThank You Cards: And finally the thank you card. Your already sending them so isn’t it so nice to have the option to have the stationery continue right until the last touch you send your guests.

Hope you liked seeing the beautiful stationery I picked and how they can go from the beginning of your wedding right until the end.

Have a wonderful day!
Jennifer

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Teacher Theme Wedding Escort Cards

I love a good theme to a wedding or event. It makes it so much fun to plan around and this weekend when two teachers were married it was a great opportunity to have a teacher theme wedding. We used books on the tables, mason jars filled with beautiful flowers and my absolute favourite is our escort card tags. When guests arrived they were able to find the mason jar with the first letter of their last name. In it was a special pencil with Kaila & Peter’s wedding name and date and a tag that had their name and their table number. It really was so much fun it needed to be shared with you today!

Such a fun teacher themed wedding using these custom pencils and tags to help guests find their seats Such a fun teacher themed wedding using these custom pencils and tags to help guests find their seats

Wedding Planning + Design –  Fresh Look Event Management
Stationery – Pinkpolka Wedding Invitations & Stationery
Pencils – The Carbon Crusader on Etsy

Have a wonderful day!
Jennifer

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