Should You Hire a Wedding Planner?

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From the very first moments of your engagement until the day you both say “I do,” there’s a great deal of planning involved as you anticipate your wedding. The questions are seemingly endless: Where should I have the wedding? How many guests can I invite? What kind of dress will I select?

With so many details to cover while managing everyday life—work, finances, home—there’s a solution: Just hire a wedding planner! Wedding planners are a great option for anyone who dreams of their wedding going off without a hitch—no pun intended.

“I tell my clients that are on the fence about spending the money on this service that using an event planner removes any stress you may have that day regarding logistics, vendors and overall flow,” says Deborah Minarik of Deborah Minarik Extraordinary Events, a Long Island-based event planning service. “We help with the timeline, get your wedding party through the ceremony and pictures and work with all vendors to make sure everyone is working off the same page.”

Reverend Karen Campbell at Christ Episcopal Churc in Sag Harbor affirms that the most beneficial aspect of a wedding planner is the stress that he or she helps to alleviate. She notes that couples don’t often have a sense of all the details that go into planning a wedding, and the wedding planner takes care of the minutia of the day, allowing the couples to be more focused on each other as they embark on the next step in their relationship together.

“A wedding planner allows couples to concentrate on family and friends, which is a huge blessing,” says Reverend Campbell. “They can help to put couples at ease, because they know all of the fine details that go into planning a day.”

Minarik admits that there are unique challenges to planning an East End wedding, especially during the summer when navigating traffic and back roads can be tricky. “Being crazy-organized is the key to a successful wedding out east,” says Minarik. “Being early for everything and moving everyone along in a timely manner really is key to helping our guests find unique venues that are off the beaten path.”

There are many other reasons why you should hire a wedding planner. Budgeting: It’s important to stay within a budget, and expert event planners understand this. A wedding planner is an extension of you and fully understands how to work under the guidelines of an appropriate budget. Time Management: In many cases we can get caught up in the minor details, creating unnecessary stress. A wedding planner has the ability to see the overall picture, allowing for adequate time-management. Experience: Each event company offers extensive resources and industry connections. Peace of Mind: Wedding planners allow the bride-to-be to enjoy the entire experience; you can be confident that every last element will be taken care of.

“If needed, EPs have relationships and friendships with vendors that they like to use, which makes the planning process even easier,” says Minarik. “We can’t take away all of the wedding day jitters, obviously, but we can work with her to ensure that all details of her big day are taken care of and the bride can relax and concentrate on her guests, her party, and best of all, her new hubby!”

Your wedding day should be one of the most special days of your life. Don’t let the pressure of it all overwhelm you. It’s important to evaluate everything from start to finish and decide whether or not you can (or wish to) handle every detail on your own. If you have a dedicated wedding party or a mom who loves making every decision for you, you’re all set. If not, I recommend checking out a few local event planners to see exactly what they have to offer.

For more information on Deborah Minarik Extraordinary Events, call 516-318-6079 or visit, For Long Island Event Services, call 631-300-8328.

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