Why You Need to Hire a Wedding Planner | Just Lovely Wedding & Event Planning

I've been lucky to have photographed quite a few weddings and continue to work with some of the most amazing wedding industry professionals in New Mexico. There is SO much work that goes into a wedding whether it be a small elopement or a larger than life wedding party.

Brides and Grooms to be, weddings are HARD WORK.

There's so much effort, organization, patience, and dedication that goes into planning the wedding of your dreams. And as much fun as it sounds to go cake tasting or look at pretty floral arrangements, there is so many other things that go into wedding preparation that are not so much fun. Wedding Planners know what to look for when choosing a wedding vendor, create and help you stick to timelines and deadlines, help you budget accordingly, know what to do if things don't go accordingly, and just so much more. And, they are more than worth the investment (I can promise you that)!

I asked my good friend and one of NM's best wedding planning services to help me shed some light on why you NEED to hire a wedding planner! :)  

Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography

Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography

Just Lovely Wedding & Event Planning LLC is a wedding & event planning consultancy based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Just Lovely was founded around the idea that every love story is unique, and your wedding should be just as unique. We want to help you tell your love story through all of the elements of your Big Day, as you share it with the people who mean the most to you and create lasting memories.
— Just Lovely Wedding & Event Planning LLC

 

 

The ever so amazing Lauren from Just Lovely Wedding & Event Planning was kind enough to answer a few questions that I thought would benefit my brides and newly engaged couples starting to plan their most special day. 

 

 

 

Why is hiring a wedding planner important?

 

Hiring a wedding planner is important because there are so many details & decisions that go into wedding planning… many that people don’t even think about until they’ve started! Some questions to ask early on are:

What style of wedding do we want? Do we have a theme?

What is our budget?

When will we get married?

Where will we get married?

How many guests will we invite?

These are just a few decisions that should be made early on, as they play a huge role in many of your future decisions! Hiring a wedding planner can save you time, money, and headaches through expertise and guidance, as you answer these questions and move forward with planning your Big Day!

Photo Credit: Blue Rose Photography

Photo Credit: Blue Rose Photography


What made you pursue a career as a wedding planner?

I’ve always been into planning things… my favorite time of year growing up was always when my dad would take me to the store to pick out a new planner for the school year. A few years ago I had a job at a spa where I was responsible for the scheduling, and I had to work with the massage therapists to plan their schedules out and ensure that there weren’t any discrepancies. I loved all of the details and planning involved! Right after that I found a job as a hotel catering manager, where I got to work with weddings. As soon as I did my first wedding I was hooked and knew that I’d found my passion! I worked for a few different venues over the next 3 years, and am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing couples. After leaving the last venue I decided that it was time to embark out on my own, planning weddings and doing what I love!

(Also… I’d be lying if I said that movies like Father of the Bride and The Wedding Planner didn’t have some influence on my decision to become a wedding planner! :))

Photo Credit: Julie Haider Photography & Design

Photo Credit: Julie Haider Photography & Design

 

What kind of planning do you offer?

At Just Lovely Wedding & Event Planning, we offer three package options: Month-of Wedding Coordination, Partial Planning, and Full-Service Planning. We also offer a la carte options for individual services, such as timeline planning or rehearsal dinner planning. All of our packages include wedding day direction in addition to the coordinating and planning that is done in advance, and all of the packages include styling services. We also use an incredible wedding planning software called Aisle Planner that makes for a really collaborative planning experience with our couples!

 

What should a client expect from the experience of working with a wedding planner?

The experience of working with a planner varies based on the type of service selected, (for example, month-of coordination vs. full service planning), but overall the client should expect to feel more at ease and in control of the planning process. Since there are so many details involved in wedding planning, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done at any point in time. When you work with a planner, their goal is to plan as much as possible in advance with the goal of giving you and your family a seamless wedding day, knowing that everything that needs to get done will get done. At the end of the day, we want you to completely enjoy your wedding day with you partner, family, and friends… while we take care of the details. 

Photo Credit: Just Lovely Wedding & Event Planning

Photo Credit: Just Lovely Wedding & Event Planning

 

Will you handle every aspect of the planning or can the client do some things on their own? In other words, what parts of planning will they be responsible for?

This is a great question! I’ve had several brides tell me that they aren’t hiring a planner because they want to be able to plan their own wedding. I can’t speak for every planner, but most planners that I know of do not want to plan the whole wedding by themselves… we want to bring the couple’s ideas to life! When I start the planning process with a client, I love taking the time to learn about their vision and ideas for their wedding day. I can then make recommendations and offer additional ideas and insight that I feel my client would like! Through the Aisle Planner software we are able to save images to design boards, (which is sort of like built-in Pinterest!), and then I can share these images and ideas with the other vendors that are going to help bring the event to life. So, the client is responsible for telling me what they like, and what they have in mind so that I can help bring the event to life and make sure that I’m giving them what they want. Can I make all of the decisions for a wedding? Sure, but the wedding isn’t about me, it’s about the couple. And the wedding day should be a reflection of the couple and what they’ve envisioned for their special day. 

 

How does the wedding planning process work?

A great place to start when planning your wedding is with the questions that were mentioned above:

What style of wedding do we want? Do we have a theme?

What is our budget?

When will we get married?

Where will we get married?

How many guests will we invite?

If you’re unsure about any of these elements, you should call a wedding planner first because they can help you answer all of these questions. These questions should be answered as soon as possible since they will influence all of your other decisions. 

The planning process usually begins about a year in advance; it’s perfectly fine to start planning more than a year out, but be prepared for a lot of vendors to ask you to call them when you’re closer to the wedding date. When I am working with a client whose wedding is more than a year away, I always let them know that we can begin pre-planning, (such as sharing ideas, sending vendor recommendations, etc.), but that official wedding plans will begin closer to the one year mark. This still gives ample time to make all wedding plans! The first vendors we work on securing are the venue, caterer, photographer (engagement photos can be used for Save-the-Date cards!), videographer, florist, cake designer, and entertainment. These will make up most of the budget, so it’s important to begin working on them early. 

Photo Credit: Maura Jane Photography

Photo Credit: Maura Jane Photography


What has been your most challenging wedding planning experience and how did you work through it?

I am so happy to say that most of my wedding planning and coordinating experiences have been very positive and enjoyable for all involved. One thing that has been a little bit challenging is doing weddings at venues that are in remote locations, where you don’t get cell phone service… that’s pretty stressful because you can’t easily make a phone call to check on a vendor who might be lost. How I’ve worked around this is by sending detailed directions to all involved in a particular wedding, and asking them to not rely on their map app to get them there, but to print out the directions. I’ve had pretty good luck with this, and I believe that communication is the key.


What advice do you have for potential brides to be?

My advice for any bride or groom is this: don’t get so caught up in planning the wedding that you forget why you’re getting married. Even if you have a wedding planner, planning a wedding will be stressful at times. Sometimes, despite everyone’s best efforts, plans may have to change.  Take a step back & breathe. Try to keep things in perspective and remember all of the love that you and your partner have for each other, and that that love is more important than anything.

Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography

Photo Credit: Alicia Lucia Photography

Written by Lauren Mestas
Certified Wedding Planner and owner of Just Lovely Wedding & Event Planning LLC
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