Your Maine Wedding DJ: Chris BouchardPlanning your wedding is an exciting time, but there are a lot of details that will go into making your big day everything you envision it to be. If you are a particularly busy couple, or just want to take sweating all the small stuff out off your shoulders, hiring a wedding planner may be a good solution to explore.

Help with Venues

Experienced wedding planners will have first-hand knowledge of many of the local venues, and will be able to advise you on what locations may best suit your goals. They are familiar with capabilities of different spaces, layout options, and what particular features or quirks different locations have. Even if you are pretty sure about where you will have your wedding and reception, involving your wedding planner early on can help get a lot of details nailed down and clarified well ahead of time. They know all the important questions to ask about what the rental includes, deciphering extra charges and cost savings, and finalizing the schedule of the reception. A lot of finer details of your wedding are driven by the venue, so getting a clear picture of all the particulars early on gives you plenty of time to resolve any issues and make necessary plans. You’ll also have better information to give your other vendors such as the caterer, band or DJ, and your photographer so they can do their planning ahead of time.

Save Time & Aggravation

A wedding planner’s main job is to sweat the small stuff for you. Weddings basically boil down to planning a very large event. Detail after detail, the planner’s job is to stay on top of things, keep an eye on the budget, and follow up on dates and deposits. They will do the research and find options for everything from your decorations to accommodations. They can troubleshoot, find better pricing, and chase down leads. And all these necessary efforts are on their time, not yours!

Bring on the Creativity

Most wedding planners rock the creativity. The picture you have on your phone of your dream wedding gown, the image you have of your perfect wedding cake, how you want the alter to look when you say your vows – they can make it all happen! If your venue has a particular quirk to work around, your planner will come up with something to disguise or accommodate it. Planners are up on all the latest décor ideas and possibilities, they know where to purchase affordable strings of pearls and prisms, and they have the tools and equipment to design and install a lot of design elements.

Access to Other Vendors

Because they are in the wedding business, an experienced planner can help you find all the other vendors you will need. They have worked with local florists, caterers and entertainment professionals, and they know the good ones and ones to stay away from. They are networking, researching, and working in the industry every day, so their access to all the various services you need is at their fingertips. Finding and hiring the right people will save you a lot of time and money!

Relax & Enjoy Your Day

The final hours leading up to your wedding are fraught with last minute details, and timing of activities. If something goes awry during your ceremony or reception (and something always does), your planner is there to handle it, protecting you and your future spouse from stress and aggravation. While hiring a planner is an additional cost, and yes, you will have to relinquish some control, taking all the small details and headaches off your back could give you the peace of mind you need. A wedding planner will worry so you don’t have to!

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