Why We as Wedding Photographers Recommend Hiring a Planner

As wedding photographers and videographers who have captured over 150 weddings, Aaron and I have learned a crucial lesson that we’d love to share with you: the value of having a wedding planner or coordinator cannot be overstated. In our six years in the wedding industry, we’ve seen just how pivotal a planner is to the smooth execution of a wedding, benefiting not only you as a couple but also greatly assisting your vendors.

The Role and Value of a Wedding Planner:

Having a wedding planner by your side is not just a luxury—it’s a strategic choice that can transform your wedding day experience. Here are the key reasons why every couple should consider hiring a professional planner:

  1. Stress Reduction: There’s a reason why we are listing this one first. For many brides, planning a wedding is a new and overwhelming experience filled with decisions and details that you might not have considered. Having a planner means you have someone to handle these details, allowing you to relax and truly enjoy your day as a bride, without being the go-to person for issues and adjustments.
  2. Saving Money: Would you believe us if we told you that hiring a planner actually saves you money in the long run!? It’s true! Planners have established relationships with vendors and can negotiate discounts and deals on your behalf. Often, we offer discounts on our services when a skilled planner is involved, as it ensures the day will proceed smoothly without requiring us to step out of our primary role.
  3. Expertise and Experience: Wedding planners are seasoned pros who plan countless weddings each year. They bring a wealth of knowledge and know exactly what it’s going to take to pull off your dream day!
  4. Vendor Coordination + Timeline: Your wedding will involve multiple vendors who need to work together seamlessly. A planner understands how each vendor relies on the other and they serve as the team captain who coordinates everyone and everything on the day of so that all moving parts go off without a hitch.
  5. Budget Management: During your first meeting, a planner will discuss your budget and help you stick to it, prioritizing expenses based on what matters most to you. They are skilled at making your budget work, ensuring you get the most from your investments in the day.
  6. Acting as a Mediator: Yep, we are going here because almost 70% of weddings have some sort of “drama” that inevitably comes with planning weddings and marrying into a new family. It’s near impossible to make everyone happy when planning a wedding. There’s lots of thoughts and ideas that will come through the planning process from both sides. Planners often act as mediators, smoothing over potential conflicts and keeping the peace on your wedding day.
  7. Besties for Life: I don’t know how many times we hear that a wedding planner has become one of our clients’ besties. You spend so much time communicating with them that in some sense they basically become your therapist. They are your biggest sounding board, confidant, creative resource and the one who will listen to your visions, hopes and dreams more than anyone else. They are the ones who bring your entire day to life and that comes with a lot of trust and a relationship especially if you are at least planning a year out.
  8. Overseeing the Big Picture: While some venues provide a coordinator, their role is limited to managing the venue’s specific responsibilities. They won’t attend to broader planning needs like your decorations, personal items, or off-site details. A personal wedding planner will manage all aspects, ensuring everything is perfect from start to finish.

Why Not Just Rely on a Venue Coordinator?

Hear us out on this one. It’s important to understand the distinction between a venue coordinator and a wedding planner. Venue coordinators are fantastic resources, but their role is primarily focused on venue-related responsibilities. They aren’t there to manage all the nuances of your entire wedding day. A dedicated wedding planner covers every aspect, ensuring that your vision for the day is realized flawlessly.

Investing in a wedding planner is investing in the peace of mind that your wedding will be as stress-free and joyful as possible. Remember, this is your day to shine and celebrate the love you share. With a professional planner, you can rest assured that every detail will be handled with care.

Tampa Wedding Planners We Love

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite wedding planners in the Tampa, FL area. We hope you find the perfect match to make your wedding day everything you dreamed and more!

Jaimi Weatherspoon | Choose You Events

Stephanie Voth | Stephanie Voth Events

Rebecca Silva | Bustle & Bloom Weddings

Lisa & Jen | L & J Elite Events

Mel | Chantilly Chic Celebrations

Florida, North Carolina + Beyond Wedding Photographers

Want to make sure your wedding is everything you’ve dreamed of and more? Reach out to us at Paisley Sunshine Photography. We’re here to capture every laugh, tear, and dance move, in the most authentic way possible. Let’s make some memories!

Happy wedding planning!
Aaron and Rychelle