A few weeks ago I had the privilege of introducing my sweet friend, Taylor Doehrman, of Taylor Dawn, in this blog post, where we learned about how she got started and her mission and vision for her business. Today, she's been so kind to share some of her wisdom and advice in the wedding planning process, talking about common misconceptions, why hiring a planner is important, and more. As a wedding photographer in Atlanta, I love it when my brides say that they are working with a planner. It almost guarantees that their wedding will be that much more stress-free and wonderful for their overall experience, and of course, helping aid getting the most beautiful photographs!
Taylor has the most beautiful heart behind her brand, and I'm so glad that she took the time out of her day to share this with you. If you have any questions for her or just want to say hello, take a peek at her website and Instagram below! To begin, let's start off with:
5 reasons why to hire a planner:
1. Budget Tracking
Everyone should have a budget when planning for their wedding, and with the nature of the event, it can become incredibly overwhelming trying to stay within your budget for each aspect of the wedding day. Having a planner will help you stick to your original plans (so important especially if your sweet parents are paying!), while also having a beautiful wedding.
2. Design cohesiveness
Having a planner provides you the benefit of bringing all of your beautiful ideas into a consistent vision. With Pinterest and the nature of social media, having a planner with a deliberate and careful eye will help your event's detail aspects come to fruition, in a way that is tasteful, yet not overdone. It can be tricky to do this on your own!
3. Vendor relations
Communication with your vendors is the key to having a seamless and stress-free wedding day. However, the task can seem daunting with the differing timelines and details that need to work together. You don't want your caterer asking you where a table goes while you're getting your hair done. Luckily, having a planner takes this burden off of you as they will be your vendors' primary point of contact to answer all questions and concerns, and all you'll have to do show up and enjoy. :)
4. Wedding day flow
In addition to communicating with your vendors, a seamless wedding day also involves coordination! To keep your wedding day smooth and to ensure that your wedding day foregoes long bumps and pauses, your planner will be there to help ensure that the events flow and continue naturally, without feeling rushed through helping ensure that everyone sticks to the timeline.
5. Having someone in your corner
Most importantly, having someone in your corner is one of the things that will help you not only relax, but enjoy your wedding planning process. My brides are my priority, and I'm here to listen and walk you through your sweet season of engagement every step of the way. If you need your dress bustled quickly or a sip of champagne between photos, I'm your girl!
misconceptions & Closing Thoughts:
One of the biggest misconceptions is that people think their fiancé’s-mom’s-best-friend’s-sister can be their wedding planner and provide the same services that I do. As with any job, this is where my experience and my team both come into play.
It’s so important to have someone in your corner, as a bride, who has been in the current wedding industry and is able to guide you in that process.
It's easy to forget about the value and expertise that having a planner brings and forego using someone who specializes in this. It's so important to set aside a realistic budget for a planner, paying them for their time, experience, and expertise. It's one of the best investments for your wedding!
At the end of the day, you are MARRIED to your best friend and that’s really what this is all about! Don’t get hung up on the small stressors (let me take care of that for you!), and really enjoy this time preparing for marriage.