When a Wedding Planner Weds...

Happy Wedding Wednesday! With just over three weeks to go until my own wedding, I wanted to talk about the one thing I have been asked a lot recently. Why did I, as a full time wedding planner, hire a wedding planner instead of plan my own wedding? 

As a wedding planner, I solve problems. I know all the things that can (and most likely will) go wrong on the day of the wedding. So, I decided that as the bride at this wedding, I don't want to know about any of those things. I wanted to be truly present in the moment and enjoy the entire week leading up to the wedding. I wanted to spend time with my family, my bridesmaids, my college friends who are flying in from across the country to be a part of this special day. I didn't want to be worrying about escort cards or party favors or floral arrangements and miss out on the most important parts of the wedding, the people and the memories. I also wanted to be able to drink some champagne and wedding planner Kristen does not enjoy a nice glass of champagne at wedding's she is working. 

Another reason I chose to hire a wedding planner was because I didn't want my own wedding to take anything away from my business and my clients. It's impossible not to care more about the details of your own wedding. Up to this point, my wedding day is the biggest day of my life. It's something I've dreamed about since I was a little girl and I want everything to be perfect. If I planned my own wedding and took on all of those small, detailed projects, I would have never had to the time to give my client's the attention they deserved. By turning over the details of my wedding to a wedding planner, I am able to focus completely on the details of the wedding's that are being turned over to me. 

And the last reason I chose to hire a wedding planner is because this is my full time job. I love my job! I cannot say that enough. I feel so truly blessed to be able to do what I do every day. But it's still my job. I didn't want my wedding and my marriage to Cole to feel like another job, another project, another client's wedding. I wanted it to be special. I wanted to feel special. I wanted to be the one oo-ing and ah-ing at the pretty florals I had picked out! I wanted to receive my own wedding invitation in the mail and be blown away by how perfectly my vision was brought to life. I wanted to actually eat at the cake and menu tasting instead of just take notes and update my spreadsheets. Again, I love my job! I love taking notes and updating spreadsheets and making phone calls and approving proofs for my brides. But, for this wedding, I wanted to feel like the bride. I wanted this to be 11 months of pure wedding planning fun and not another job. 

I believe so much in what we do as wedding planners and think our jobs are so important that I knew there wasn't an option for me as a bride not to have a wedding planner. My planner has made my life so much easier and we've become great friends through the process. She's worked perfectly with both me and my mom, who has been very involved in the planning. I also feel like being the bride in this situation has allowed me to know even more what my client's needs are and how I can better serve them as their wedding planner.