"Why hire a wedding planner when you can do everything yourself? It's easier that way," said no bride ever. If you've ever been involved in the wedding planning process, you would know that it is no easy feat. There is managing a budget, working with multiple vendors, your twice removed cousin complaining that they didn't make the guest list, and, well, COVID-19. So, let's get it out in the open: You will have your fair share of things to worry about, but should all the items mentioned above be part of it?

You're also probably wondering if this applies to micro weddings, and the answer is yes! Micro weddings still utilize various vendors; you just have more leeway in deciding which ones you want to include in your wedding. Think caterer, photographer, florist, and officiant. If you've hired more than three vendors, we'll recommend hiring someone to worry about the nitty-gritty. In short, if you want to keep your sanity, why not consider hiring a planner? Here are five reasons why we think that it is totally worth it!⁠⁠

THEY ARE PROS

Whether you are having an intimate ceremony, big bash, or something in between, a little planning goes a long way. And if managing your budget, logistics, vendor meetings, and overseeing your wedding day doesn't fall on a planner, it falls on you. So if you're having doubts, remember they make a living out of tackling to-do lists and ensuring that brides come out stress-free on the other side. In addition, they take the guesswork out of the wedding planning process, saving you a ton of time and money (more on that later!), making them an invaluable asset to your wedding.

CONNECTIONS, CONNECTIONS, CONNECTIONS! 

Suppose you decided on a destination wedding; you should remember that a local planner has many connections and in-depth knowledge of the region. Let's take Lake Tahoe as an example. As you know, this is a small area, and it's helpful when your planner knows how to get things done in a small town. In addition, they are well-connected with other experts to pull off your celebrations. Another thing to consider is that weather can also contribute to some last-minute changes. Luckily, your local planner will be more than prepared to deal with those unexpected moments. This makes them a critical investment when turning your wedding dreams into a reality.

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Believe it or not, but hiring a planner can actually help you save money. Yes, you've read it right! And it makes sense when you think about it; they keep couples' within their budget by prioritizing what is essential and making recommendations accordingly. Also, they know the wedding trends by heart, the budget must-haves, and what vendors will fit your budget. Lastly, you can also count on their industry knowledge when it comes to reviewing contracts for avoidable and hidden costs. How cool is that!

TURNING YOUR VISION INTO A REALITY

Picking the right planner means hiring someone who knows exactly what you want and when you want it. They know your Pinterest boards by heart and are equipped to make decisions based on your vision. Let's face it, wedding planning can be overwhelming because there are so many options out there. But it doesn't have to be. What's great about having a planner is that they narrow down your choices and give recommendations, making the planning process a lot easier. Plus, they've probably worked with your vendors before and know how to utilize everyone's strengths to ensure everything goes according to plan.

ELEVATE YOUR WEDDING DAY

Did you think your planner's superpowers stopped before the I do's? Depending on which package you choose, they are there to help you coordinate your special day and focus on the little details that make your wedding so unique. If anything goes wrong, your planner will be there to lean on so that you don't have to sweat the small stuff. The last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day is making the rain call or searching for the cake topper that disappeared the night before. This means way more time for mental pictures and actual pictures for the happy couple.

If you don't know where to start looking for a wedding planner, you're in luck. We've got four of the best planners any bride can ask for listed on our Vendor Guide. You're welcome!