Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Why Professionals are Worth Every Penny

It's no secret that weddings are expensive, so it's understandable that many couples would seek alternatives to hiring professionals for every last detail. While we do believe that well-planned DIY projects can save money for some couples, we also believe that the right professional is worth every penny. It all comes down to one determining factor that just can't be replicated: experience.

Bridal industry professionals have expertise far beyond what any bride could possibly learn in the year prior to her wedding, no matter how much research she may try to do. But it's not just about the DIY choices- it's about finding the true professional. The true professional may cost a lot more than someone else you found on a wedding discussion board, or even a talented friend or family member. And trust us, that extra expense is justified a hundred times over. Just a few examples:

Photography/Videography: Weddings are incredibly special events with incredibly unpredictable elements. Professional photographers and videographers are capable of making split-second decisions to best capture any given moment. In addition, a professional will almost certainly be working as part of a team, thus increasing the likelihood that the moment will be captured, even when that inconsiderate guest steps into the aisle to snap an iPhone photo and thus blocks your professional photographer's shot. And I won't even begin to go into the benefits of working with professionals with regard to the finished product. I would hope that would go without saying.

Please, sir. Make sure you get that shot with your iPhone.

Florists: Not only do professional florists have a keen eye for design, but they also know their product. They know which flowers will need to be warmed up a few hours to ensure they look their best and which ones need to remain in the cooler until the last possible moment. They know what flowers to recommend in July versus December and they know how to properly handle those flower selections to make sure they look the best they possibly can throughout the entire day. One bride we know decided to DIY her flowers on the morning of her wedding. Unfortunately, she didn't think about how that would effect her manicure. (It was ruined.)

Invitations/ Paper Goods: Possibly one of the most popular DIY choices for couples these days, paper goods make up a significant portion of your wedding budget. Having a professional do the job ensures the entire suite- from save-the-dates to escort cards to invitations to menus and beyond- looks cohesive and fits perfectly into your wedding day aesthetic. They also already know all the "rules" for proper etiquette and wording. Even if you want to break those rules, they can help you do so while still ensuring your guests have all the info necessary.

Invitations by The Paper Belle

Wedding Planners: It's a common misconception that wedding planners are exhorbitantly expensive and that they will completely take over the planning of your wedding. Truthfully, the best wedding planners offer different types of services depending on your needs and budget. And unlike a helpful, well-meaning friend or family member, they actually understand how to execute a wedding flawlessly and keep things running smoothly, even when problems arise. Again, it comes down to experience and even a wedding planner who comes in at the last minute and just helps execute on the wedding day can still navigate all the details and coordinate all the vendors involved better than you can even imagine. The peace of mind you'll have as you and all your guests are able to simply enjoy the day is worth more than you can imagine.

Hair and Make-up Artists: Yes, Princess Kate did her own make-up when she married Wills. But I'd bet my bottom dollar she had a back-up plan just in case. And let's face it, if you decide to do your own hair and make-up, Murphy's Law dictates that it will NOT be a good eye liner day for you. And that's just one thing that can go wrong. The assurance of a steady-hand and the experience that comes with hair and make-up professionals is invaluable. They know how much make-up is appropriate for photography, not just to make you look pretty. You'll be looking at those photos on the mantle for decades and you don't want to look like a drag queen, or all washed out. You want to strike the perfect balance, so trust a professional to give it to you.

Joanne McDonough of Joya Beauty appling perfect wedding day make-up for a bride.

Officiants and DJ's: I hate to beat a dead horse, but once again, it's experience that sets the professionals apart from your groom's friend who got ordained on the internet in order to officiate for you. There will be plenty of jitters on the wedding day, and you want a calm, steady presence helping you navigate your vows. And when it comes to the reception- there are a lot of details and logistics to keep flowing smoothly. An experienced DJ understands this while also being capable of going with the flow if something unexpected happens. The right DJ can make or break the toasts, the dancing, the cake-cutting- pretty much everything!

What it comes down to for nearly every aspect of your wedding is this: Are you willing to risk that one day to save a few dollars? You won't get a second chance to make the day everything you hoped for and only seasoned professionals will be able to pull it off to your expectations. So think twice before hiring the photographer with only two or three weddings in his portfolio or the Dj start-up who's only done high school dances and a couple of retirement parties at the local Elks Lodge. Experience is everything.

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