All The Little Things

 Styling:  Something Old Dayton  / Photographer:  Caroline Koehler Photography   

Styling: Something Old Dayton / Photographer: Caroline Koehler Photography  

When it comes to planning your event, the emotional spectrum spans anywhere from "I have no idea what I'm doing, this thing is going up in flames" to "Planning may be my calling. Should I quit my day job?". Whether you have had your wedding planned since age 7, or you feel like you're being suffocated by seating charts and tulle, hiring a professional is totally worth it. 

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 Styling:  Events Held Dear   / Photography:  Kyle John Photography  / Location:  Richwood on the River  / Fabrics:  Stella Wolfe  / Stationary:  Plume Calligraphy

Styling: Events Held Dear  / Photography: Kyle John Photography / Location: Richwood on the River / Fabrics: Stella Wolfe / Stationary: Plume Calligraphy

Planners keep things stress-free.

 The reality of planning a celebration is that it can be quite stressful and takes a lot of time. Leda from Events Held Dear says its helpful to challenge the belief that everyone should simply be able to handle planning an entire wedding. "Remember that you are trying to pull off a 200-guest event with a lot of moving parts", she says. From a vendor's perspective, working with a wedding planner on last minute details keeps things streamlined and stress-free for everyone.

 Planning + Styling:  Events Held Dear   / Photography:  Jenna Powers  / Stationary:  Jenny Sanders  / Location:  Zurïe Studio

Planning + Styling: Events Held Dear  / Photography: Jenna Powers / Stationary: Jenny Sanders / Location: Zurïe Studio

Planners will fight for your wedding vision.

Perhaps the most important perk of a planner is having someone who will fight for your wedding vision from start to finish. Most brides spend hours scrolling through Pinterest and flipping through bridal magazines in search of fresh inspiration but a planner will have a wealth of brilliant and original ideas (many of which can't be found online). Leda says an important part of her job is not only brainstorming with a couple, but making all the event details cohesive with their vision. A planner will focus on determining your needs and ultimately push to make your unique vision to come to life.

 Styling + Coordination:  Events Held Dear  / Photographer:  Jenny Haas  / Location: Virtues Golf Club
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Styling + Coordination: Events Held Dear / Photographer: Jenny Haas / Location: Virtues Golf Club

Planners take care of all the little things.

The truth is, there are so many little things of which you won't be aware that a planner will be on top of. Even if a venue offers an in-house coordinator, Leda advises couples to remember that that person will likely only be coordinating the specific details that venue is responsible for providing. They may not be focused on helping you juggle all the little details that will make your special day so, well, special. Full and partial planning packages aside, a day-of coordinator is ideal. When your wedding day finally comes around, you'll have peace of mind about a planner who not only coordinates logistics and ensures that everything runs smoothly, but is there to style all the little details.