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Should I Hire A Wedding Planner?

With a background in event management, often I find myself assuming the role as a photographer and event planner. Photographers want to work alongside of the vendor team you hand picked to ensure the most seamless day possible. As a photographer, our job is to capture all the moments throughout your day and never miss a moment. I want to encourage couples to consider hiring a wedding planner as part of their vendor team.

Wedding Planners come in many variations. Much like photographers, planners are generally not a single option or set price. Shop around, look at styles, websites and ask questions. Be curious and see who best fits your style and character. A planner will lead your vendor team and be in close contact with you most of the day.

The 3 Main Types of Planners

Charlotte Wedding Photographer - Kelsie Elizabeth Photography at North Corner Haven for a wedding. Floral arrangement and tablescape by Seeded Event Design
Venue: North Corner Haven
Table Scape & Florals by: Seeded Event Design

There are incredible planners that begin a relationship with you from day one of being engaged. They will be the first person you hire shortly after being engaged. Their role is to do everything from book vendors, collaborate ideas, and create a vision for your day. They will keep in touch with you throughout the process and execute your day with the team they have helped you hire. This type of planner is called Full Time Wedding Planner.

The next type of wedding planner is someone who starts in the middle of your planning process. Your key vendors (venue & photographer) are booked and a date has been chosen. Part-Time Wedding planners come in to provide assistance with several other crucial vendors and the aspects of the day you need assistance with as well as the execution of your day. They often provide a list of trusted vendors they already work with and have built relationships with.

Lastly, a month of coordinator. Month of Coordinators can add a lot of value for someone who enjoys the wedding planning process but needs assistance that day. They will ensure all the details are executed and that your day flows smoothly. With “month of” coordination, often there is still some prep work involved and several meetings to go through all your details you have arranged. Recommendation is to hire a month of coordinator a few months prior to your wedding date.

A few of my favorite Charlotte Wedding Planners:

The job of a wedding planner is to ensure that your day runs as smoothly as possible so you both can truly enjoy the day without stress. Planners know best how to coordinate your wedding day schedule, set up the best flow of events and placement of items. Behind the scenes, they do a lot more than just that. Here are a few of my favorites in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

Sarah Duckworth Events

Sincerely Jane Events

Jackie Fogartie Events

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