Do You Need a Wedding Planner?

A wedding party in The Gardens at Pillar and Post in Niagara

Weddings are a massive commitment of time, resources, and mental energy. Planning a wedding on your own will mean many hours spent on every element of your ceremony and reception, from hiring vendors and choosing décor to buying clothing and coordinating with your wedding party. That’s on top of all your normal obligations like work, school, kids, housework, and anything else that’s important to you.

With the sheer number of options available to modern couples, along with the significant time investment, it’s no surprise that many couples are choosing to hire an experienced wedding planner to help lighten the load in the leadup to the big day.

Less Responsibility Means Less Stress

Hiring an experienced wedding planner means less responsibility on your plate. They can take on as much or as little as you’d like, freeing up mental space and time to take care of other important things on your to-do list. They can also handle tasks you’d rather not tackle yourself, freeing you up to focus on the aspects of planning you do enjoy.

Newlyweds in the halls of Prince of Wales wedding venue in Niagara

Wedding Planners Know the Ins and Outs of a Venue

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When considering hiring a wedding planner, it’s important to think about their experience with your venue. When you work with someone who has planned a wedding at a similar venue, or even better, at the exact venue, they often know specifics of the area that can help make your day truly one to remember. For example, our wedding planners know the best areas in Niagara-on-the-Lake for memorable photos, and have exclusive access to picturesque spaces that may not otherwise be accessible.

A wedding reception at Queenston Mile Vineyard

Budgeting May Actually Be Easier

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Hiring a planner is an expense, but they may actually help you stay on budget with your wedding. They’ll have advice on what a realistic wedding budget may look like for the type of event you want, keep track of all your expenses, and warn you about unexpected costs.

Planners also often have access to insider discounts, helping you save money and get the best possible experience for your guests.


A wedding ceremony space at Queen’s Landing

Get Access to Insider Tips

Wedding planners are well-connected with other wedding industry professionals, and as such, they know the best of the best. They’ll put you in touch with talented florists, like local florists, DJs, hairstylists, makeup artists, and more. You won’t have to spend your time sifting through endless search results and review sites to find vendors that you can trust.

Your planner may also have exclusive agreements with various vendors that they regularly work with, offering you discounts and deals that you wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

A wedding tablescape designed by a wedding planner

Communication with Vendors

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Deciding to hire a vendor entails paperwork and ongoing communication, which can use a lot of your time. Your planner will help you read through contracts, so you understand what you’re getting, keep up with vendor communications, and sort out any potential snags in your plans before the big day.

Floral arrangements designed by Clippings Floral Design

A Sounding Board and Advisor

Your wedding planner should be your trusted advisor throughout the entire planning process. You should be able to go to them with all your wedding-related questions, concerns, and fears. They, in turn, should provide helpful, reliable advice that draws on their industry experience. Having a seasoned sounding board for your ideas can be invaluable.

A couple enjoying their wedding reception

Handling Day-Of Details Behind the Scenes

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When your special day rolls around, you should spend it enjoying yourself and spending time with your nearest and dearest—not stressing about logistical details or minor inconveniences. Your planner will be present on your wedding day to coordinate everything you’ve planned together, ensuring that everything runs smoothly and allowing you to focus on making memories with your loved ones.

Plan Your Dream Wedding with Our Experienced Planners

Hiring a wedding planner can significantly lighten the load for you and your partner, and at Vintage Hotels, each of our wedding events includes a dedicated wedding coordinator who helps brides and grooms plan the celebrations they’ve always wanted.

If you can dream it, we can achieve it! Contact us today to speak with one of our talented wedding coordinators and make your special day a stress-free success.

*Featured image courtesy of Devin Begin Photography

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