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Why you should hire a Wedding Planner before choosing your venue

Feeling overwhelmed and clueless at the start of your wedding planning journey? No worries! It's time to bring in an expert – a Wedding Planner! If you're not sure where to begin, wedding planners can be your coach and guide, helping you book the most important vendors and think outside the wedding box to create an unforgettable day. Planning a wedding is exciting, but it can quickly become overwhelming with details to consider, such as location, date, guest list, and color scheme.

Bride and Groom kissing in front of the Langham hotel in Pasadena

Photo by Epic Vision Studios

Many couples make the mistake of booking their venue and vendors before hiring a professional planner. But why is that a mistake, you ask? Well, planning an event of this magnitude involves numerous factors and decisions, and it's likely your first time navigating an event of this size. That's where we as wedding planners shine! We have the expertise and knowledge of various venues and vendors that can perfectly reflect your style, personality, and budget.

The venue is often the most thrilling piece of the planning puzzle, but it's also where couples can make costly missteps. There are so many variables to consider when selecting the ideal venue, and couples don't always realize the additional fees and upgrades they may need to have the wedding they want. Having a planner who understands your vision can provide upfront guidance on making each venue work for your style and budget. We break down the pros and cons of each venue, giving you a complete picture of the experience and cost comparisons.

Photos by Visi Studio

Now, let's dive into the top 3 benefits of choosing a wedding planner before securing your venue:

1. You'll have an expert by your side right from the start. When you hire a wedding planner before choosing your venue, you gain the experience and knowledge of a professional who can guide you throughout the entire process. A great planner knows numerous venues in your area and can help narrow down your options based on your budget, style, and priorities. This saves you time and stress, as you won't have to search through countless options alone. We not only help with the smaller details but also consider the big picture of the entire wedding weekend, ensuring a stress-free experience for you, your family, and your guests.

2. Your planner can help you negotiate the best deal. If you've already selected a venue, you may have missed out on the chance to negotiate from a position of strength. Working with a planner from the beginning allows them to navigate the booking process with the venue and secure the best possible deal. We can even arrange planner-specific discounts or additional perks that you wouldn't be able to access on your own. Plus, a planner can help determine the necessary onsite time for set-up, tear-down, and other events, preventing unnecessary expenses.

3. Your planner can help you avoid common mistakes. Planning a wedding for the first time can lead to costly or time-consuming errors. By involving a planner early on, you can avoid common pitfalls and stay on the right track. We provide expert advice on everything from vendor selection to timeline planning, ensuring your wedding day runs smoothly. Your planner can review contracts before you sign, clarifying important details and making sure that everything promised during the site tour is included.

Photos by Mandee Johnson

While there's no one "right" way to plan a wedding, hiring a planner before selecting your venue is a smart move. With an expert by your side from the beginning, you can make informed decisions, stay within budget, and bring your unique style and vision to life.

If you're interested in working with a professional planner who seamlessly handles all these details for you, reach out to us today and set up a complimentary consultation!

Until next time!

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