5 Reasons Why A Wedding Planner Is A Must Hire

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Here’s Why A Wedding Planner Should Be The First Vendor You Hire

Hello, friends! I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend, even if it looked a little different than last year. If you’re familiar with my blog, you know I’ve discussed 10 things I do as your wedding planner before. However, especially with the recent pandemic affecting so many of weddings, it only solidified how important hiring a wedding planner is to an engaged couple. Now, I don’t want to toot my own horn, I think every vendor is extremely important to planning your big day. It takes a village, after all! However, once you get engaged, the very first vendor you should hire, is a wedding planner. Here are my top 5 reasons why:

A Wedding Planner Can Help Find Other Vendors

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Photo by: Sisterlee Photography

One of the biggest reasons why hiring a wedding planner first is such a good idea, is because of all the vendors we have worked with. I have all the tips and tricks to finding your perfect wedding venue and can help you find the best vendor team based on your budget and style. We have built up relationships over the years and can provide you with the best vendor team out there. It saves you hours of research and trusting reviews online and wondering if they really are a good choice or not. We got you and we can save you time and money!

A Planner Keeps You On Track

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Photo by: Sun and Sparrow

Planning a wedding can be feel so overwhelming at times. There’s a million details you’re juggling all at once. As your wedding planner, my job is more than just getting you down the aisle. I’ll help you keep track of your vendor team, your planning progress, planning your wedding budget, and even remind you of important dates like when to send out invites. For our partial and full planning clients we use a platform called Aisle Planner to keep them on track and for our basic management clients, we use our own system with them that we’ve created. All said and done, we’ve got you covered from start to finish!

We Can Help Bring Your Design Dreams To Life

A colorful and vibrant wedding reception at Triunfo Creek Vineyards, pink and yellow table set up
Photo by: Dear Lovers

One of my favorite parts of being a wedding planner is collaborating on design with my couples. You have a vision in your mind of what you want your day to look and feel like and we can bring that to life. I’m so fortunate to have the experience under my belt to know how to make your dreams come true! For example, I loved designing this floating charcuterie board during cocktail hour for one of my couples. We help you hone in our vision, color palette and bring your dreams to life so that the day looks cohesive and beautiful.

A Wedding Planner Reviews Contracts

A Fall Wedding ceremony at Calamigos Ranch
Photo by: Studio Castillero

Everyone thinks being a wedding planner is so glamorous (thanks, J.Lo!). However, the majority of my job is behind a computer, working out logistics and reading lots of contracts. I’m talking about every contract you sign as a couple, I will review them and ensure nothing is missed in the fine print, deals are good, etc. This can save you from so much headache and potentially even hidden fees. We help you make sure you’re making the right choices and decisions to set you up for a stress free wedding day.

We Are There For YOU

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Some couples will tell me that their venue has a coordinator, so they don’t really need a full wedding planner. And while I think it’s great your venue provides that, most often, that coordinator is focused more on the venue logistics and less on you as a couple. You want to hire someone that knows you and your fiancé and all the details of your wedding! You want someone who is your confidante and your go-to during the planning process. Believe me, things you could never predict will pop up (like a pandemic). I’m your soundboard, your advocate and your solution finder. We also make sure that along with you and your fiance, your family and friends don’t have to worry about setting the tables or keeping the timeline on track. We got you covered in all of that, so everyone’s only job is to pop champagne and celebrate!

If you’re a newly engaged couple and ready to get this party started, contact me on my homepage here!

Feathered Arrow Signature Kari Dirksen


Expert Party Planner, Podcaster, and Creative Entrepreneur.

I'm a creative entrepreneur at heart and have been running my business for over 10 years and have planned and executed over 150+ weddings. I'm an expert in this industry and care deeply about my clients and making sure they have the best experience. I just launched a podcast with my work wife, Gabby Pinkerton of Cause We Can Events, called Just Another Biz Podcast! Go check it out!

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