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So… like most brides on a budget I'd always thought that hiring a wedding planner would not be a good option for me. But boy was I wrong! There are many benefits to hiring a planner- some that will even save you some money!
This weekend, I had the opportunity to meet with the fabulous Tara Stouder Milam of Lavish Events in Nashville. She's been planning Nashville area weddings, and elsewhere, for a few years now and she is passionate and really seems to love what she does. She's a blogger as well- which I love. She found me through this little blog here and opened me up to the idea of having a wedding planner. The biggest thing that has sold me on this idea is having “day of” or “week of” coordination for the wedding. This service includes vendor management 2 weeks before the wedding- Tara will become the point of contact with all of our vendors in order to take the stress off of me and my mom. My mother and I both agreed that this alone is worth the cost, because we both tend to get a little high strung during stressful times. After meeting with Tara this weekend, we realized that her cool, calm, and collected nature is just what we will need during those weeks leading up to the day of the wedding. She'll handle payment distribution the day of the wedding- making sure the vendors all receive their final payments. She will also coordinate the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception including overseeing the set up/break down of all vendors and decor, as well as keeping everything running according to our planned timeline.
Some words from Tara:
“A plus to having a planner is they have been around the wedding block more than once – we know tricks, tips, ways to save money – not to mention we can be fab at flowers, favors, and decor. We will be there to make sure everything looks great – we can make a $10000 wedding look like a $20000 wedding. If a cake topples, a guest gets too rowdy – we can fix it! We know which vendors are worth the money and which are not – even if the price seems good. I have personally worked at a flower shop and offer floral services to brides who are on a tight budget.
Of course, every planner will consult on an hourly basis, and a lot of brides choose to pay for day of coordination, then use their planner for consulting help hourly. Usually you can let the planner know a maximum number of hours/dollars you want to cap it off. “

I'm really excited to work with Tara and I know she will be a huge help when it comes to selecting my vendors and coordinating my wedding day! I'm glad to know I won't have to be obsessing over “the little things” that day and will be able to focus on the BIG thing- getting married to E. 🙂 Having that kind of peace of mind is worth so much.

Have any of you hired a wedding planner to help you plan your wedding?

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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