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    The Top 5 Ways a Wedding Planner Will Help You Save Money (And Your Sanity)

    The Top 5 Ways a Wedding Planner Will Help You Save Money

    What they don’t tell you about weddings is that they’re only as beautiful, grand, and memorable as the people behind them.

    Almost everyone knows this by now: the planning stage of every wedding isn’t as glamorous as how the movies play it out to be. There’s so much pressure from every side that you can’t help but feel overwhelmed, especially if you’re the one doing all the planning. 

    It’s truly a serious and extremely tedious business. And that’s probably why couples who’ve already gone through this very demanding journey towards their walk down the aisle will tell you to leave it to the experts. 

    Hiring a wedding planner doesn’t just help you save your sanity, they will also do their best to make the most out of your budget. You’ll even end up saving more money than you planned as—and we cannot emphasize this enough—a good wedding planner knows the ins and outs of the industry. They’ve been through this many times over. 

    You might think that hiring will only be an added expense, but you’d be surprised. Here are the top five reasons why you should consider hiring an experienced professional right at this very moment. 

    Track and Keep You Within Your Budget 

    This might sound counterintuitive at first as wedding planners are an investment themselves, but they can help you save money in the long run. 

    Budgeting is more difficult than it seems. It’s not just writing what you need on paper or a spreadsheet and comparing the prices of one vendor after the other. With a wedding planner, budgeting starts the moment you hire them. Planners will keep things as realistic as possible, but they will still base each element on your preferences. 

    How wedding planners do their magic is quite simple: they take your budget and break it down into prioritized categories. They do this for transparency so that you’ll know how much you have to spend on each. 

    From venues to decors and flowers, planners know the real cost of everything that goes into a wedding. This knowledge comes from years and years of building relationships with trusted and reliable vendors. Your wedding planner will constantly keep track of the numbers so that they can guide you into making choices that you can actually afford. 

    1. Endorse The Right Vendors 

    Choosing the perfect wedding photographer, venue, caterer, hair and makeup pros, florist, musicians, and a host of other vendors might seem a little intimidating. That’s a lot of people you need to consider. If you want top vendors for the wedding of your dreams, you can rely on your wedding planner to give you the best recommendations that will still fit your budget. 

    Your wedding planner has a direct link with the vendors in your area. Behind the scenes, they’ve built long-lasting relationships with these professionals. 

    Your planner knows who can nail your desired wedding style or follow or take inspiration from the mood board you created without breaking the bank. It’s your planner that can also help in negotiating vendor contracts so you’ll never have to worry about going overspending.

    If the planner you’re eyeing to hire has been in the industry for a long time, chances are that the preferred vendors they work with will pass along discounts or waive certain fees. They might even offer special packages or be more flexible with their services. 

    2. Look Into The Nitty-Gritty Details 

    Part of a wedding planner’s job is to thoroughly examine contracts for any hidden fees. They will then educate you on what the contract does and does not include that might incur additional expenses on your end. Your planner will also make note of payment deadlines to ensure that you won’t have to deal with any late fees. 

    These details can easily go over your head especially if you’re talking to other vendors and keeping everything on track. With a planner, your contracts are reviewed with great accuracy to make sure that every tiny detail is covered. 

    Remember that no good wedding planner wants their client taken advantage of so they will always read between the lines. They will also make sure that you understand cancellation and postponement policies, what they could mean for you, and how to protect yourself. 

    Give You Tips To Save Money

    With years of experience in the industry they are in, wedding planners know exactly what couples can do to cut costs. And any good wedding planner will be happy to share these with you. 

    They might tell you to really examine your guest list and cut it here and there. How large your guest list has a direct effect on every aspect of your wedding so if you’d like to be wise about your money, it’s best to keep it reserved for your closest family and friends. Another common tip you might hear is to choose an off-peak wedding date. 

    Most wedding planners will also advise you to reserve a portion of your budget for unexpected expenses. This is just to keep you secure should anything arise. 

    Free Up Your Time 

    Wedding planners save not just your money and your sanity, they also save you your precious time. Planning for as grand an event as your dream wedding will require you to sacrifice a significant chunk of your day. It will be hard to juggle everything from your demanding job to your list of chores and other obligations. It’s going to be even harder if you have zero experience coming into this. 

    If you don’t have time to spare and you’d rather rely on someone who knows what they’re doing, your wedding planner will do the extensive research and sourcing for you. They will present you with the options that fit your theme and your needs so that you wouldn’t have to think about it that much. 

    That’s time back in your life. Just imagine how fresh and stress-free you’ll look on your big day!

    A picture-perfect wedding starts with a well-thought-out plan. Your wedding planner will iron out every detail to give you a smooth and stress-free event because you deserve to enjoy every second of it without any kind of worry or anxiety crossing your mind.

     

    Be sure to contact us today for your wedding planning needs.

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    Charleston Venue Options

    Charleston Wedding Venues for Your Ceremony and Reception

    Although we work all over the Charleston area, we wanted to share some of our favorite Charleston wedding venues that we love working at and of course that couples love just as much.

    Charleston Harbor Resort

    What we love:

    This venue is a Resort Hotel and provides a fun experience for your guests.  There are many indoor and outdoor venue options here as well, along with gorgeous views.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Linens, Arbor, Cutlery, Food & Bar.

     

    Citadel Beach Club

    What we love:

    We love venues that have options for your ceremony and this one certainly does including out on the beach, on the lush yard facing the ocean, or inside.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Wedding Suite

    Founders Hall

    What we love:

    This venue has so much character and many different spaces, both outdoor and inside.  It reminds us of a Frank  Lloyd Wright style.

    What’s Included:

    Chairs, Tables, Dressing Suite

     

    Francis Marion Hotel

    What we love:

    This hotel has all of the elegance and Southern Charm.  It boasts 4 indoor spaces and overlooks Marion Square Park.

    What’s Included:

    Chairs, Tables, Cutlery, Linens, Food and Bar.

     

     

     

    Regatta Inn

    What we love:

    This is a luxurious B&B with the most striking sunsets in Charleston.  Located in the famous Folly Beach town, this venue sits back secluded from all of the hustle and bustle. You are able to rent out the entire inn for you and your family, which makes this space completely private and all yours!

    What’s Included:

    While nothing comes with the venue, it does provide a blank slate to have the wedding of your dreams.

     

     

    The Island House

    What we love:

    Situated on the Stono River on Johns Island, this venue boasts a stunning sunset and free parking for all of your guests. We love that it also already has a permanent tent which will save you a few thousand.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Arbor and Lighting (additional fees), Tent w/lighting, Wedding Party Suites

     

    The Pavilion at Pepper Plantation

    What we love:

    This venue is off the beaten path and is perfect for the county chic themes and is on a lake.  Located in a quite equestrian neighborhood, you are likely to see horses trotting by.

    What’s Included:

    The space includes a lakeside gazebo, indoor and outdoor wood burning fire places, porches, and onsite parking.  There is a dressing suite available for an additional fee.

     

    The Planters Inn

    What we love:

    Tucked away on the main strip is a gorgeous courtyard, along with indoor ball rooms.  While this space is for a more intimate crowd, we love the ambiance and romance of the venue, not to mention the superb service.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Food, Cake and Bar.

     

    The Wickliffe House

    What we love:

    What’s not to love about an old mansion in downtown Charleston.  This venues offer both indoor and outdoor space.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Linens, Food and Bar.

     

    Wild Dunes Resort

    What we love:

    There is so much to do at the resort, you and your guests wouldn’t need to ever leave. This resort has so much versatility in regards to their indoor and outdoor spaces for both large and small groups.  One of our favorite hidden locations here is the

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Linens, Food, Cake and Bar.

     

    Contact us today to start planning your dream wedding.

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