There are things wedding planners do better than photographers.
I’m a wedding photographer who will do absolutely anything I need to help my couples have an amazing wedding. So I feel it’s my job to tell you, despite how organized and experienced I am, there are reasons why you might still want to hire a wedding planner.
Wedding planners can coordinate your wedding preparations.
Ask me about making a timeline for your wedding photography and I’m on it. I’ll factor in travel time, first look, ceremony, family pictures, and time for all the photography things. But there’s also more to your wedding planning than your photography timeline.
Wedding planners can keep you on track with all the prep you need to do. They can put stamps on your invitations and record your rsvps. Planners can help you with your guest list and make a seating chart. They will communicate with every single vendor for you during, before, and after your wedding day. Wedding planners like W00t Weddings specialize in themed wedding craft projects, making it possible for you to have unique DIY decor without doing all the assembly on your own.
Could I do all these things as your photographer? I could (and have) because I really want to help you. However, I think you deserve my honesty. Wedding planners are different than me helping you plan. Planning and handling tasks for you is literally the entire foundation of their service.
Wedding planners can help manage your wedding finances.
Wedding photographers are photography specialists. Wedding planners do more to keep your wedding finances organized.
They can help make your entire budget and keep you on track with spreadsheets and documentation of your purchases. Planners also have more experience at exactly how to organize your wedding finances so you can purchase what you need. A lot of couples tend to look at hiring a wedding planner as an extra expense, but planners are worth it because they can help you save (sometimes more than you’re paying them). Their experience in wedding planning can help you invest wisely by identifying all the things you really need for your wedding, as well as what you don’t need to buy.
Wedding planners direct your entire wedding.
As a photographer, I often communicate with the DJ to make sure we’re on schedule for the important reception events like first dances. Also, I do things like track down missing family members at portrait time, set up your detail shots, and make sure we’re following our photography plans. My priority at your wedding is your photography. Your wedding planner’s priority is the coordination of your entire wedding day.
They take care of the challenges that arise without interrupting your photography. This includes things like getting on the phone with guests who need directions to the venue and making sure your reception tables are set with the correct centerpieces. Minnesota based MH Event Productions was a lifesaver when we had unexpected snow in October and had to set up the ceremony inside. Melissa and her team made sure the ceremony space decor, chairs, and floral arrangements were taken care of. They did it all while I kept the wedding portraits going. Your wedding planner will be there to provide solutions that let your photography go on while they handle all the other details that come up during your wedding.
Here’s why you might need a wedding planner:
I specialize in photography. Your wedding planner specializes in coordinating and planning your whole wedding. We’re both skilled professionals with our own role in making your day awesome.
If you’re confident in planning your own wedding go for it, I’m always happy to provide resources and help. If you want someone who will handle all the planning get a wedding planner. There are tons of skilled planners in the Minneapolis area and you can find the right one for you.
The best weddings I’ve attended are ones where all the couple’s wedding professionals use their specialized skills to contribute to the success of the day. This is always my goal when I’m your photographer.
A few of my favorite wedding planners in the Minneapolis area: