“I Love a Wedding Planner,” by Jessica Seedling

A Guest Blog Post Written by Jess Seedling, Seedling Photography
www.seedling-photography.com

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I wanted to write a post today to share my love for the WEDDING PLANNER!

I have had a few couples lately trying to decide on using a wedding planner for their wedding, so I know this is a topic that is being talked about.

In the throws of trying to sort out what is a “need” and what is a “want” for a wedding, it can feel overwhelming! Obviously, I usually argue that the images that you have after the day is said and done are what will be the most lasting thing from your wedding day. If you are working within a budget, the photographer should be where the priority of money is spent. Having said that, I want to chat with you about why I think using the awesome, professional services of a wedding planner can be super BENEFICIAL for the impact of those lasting images.

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To start off, I capture what is at your wedding. Typically the wedding planner offers services to help you design your day. If you’d like to have the beautiful photos that you’ve always dreamed of, it helps to have beauty for me to capture. Am I saying you need to go crazy and design a set for your wedding? Not at all.

It is my opinion that LOVE is the very most beautiful thing and capturing the love between the couple is what my goal is the entire day. But for me to build an album that tells the story of your day, it is ever so helpful to have the professional help of someone who can step back and help you to create the vision of the most beautiful day in your head in real life. They also step in to help you create all those details that you have dreamed of. The design aspect of the planner is something that I am ALWAYS grateful to have as I document the day.

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Another BIG piece the planner plays a part of, is to help me create the lasting images to help set the tone for the day. I capture facial expression, body language, details, etc. I want those things to be filled with JOY, ROMANCE and HAPPINESS! What I don’t want to work around is the expression of frustration because the cake is wrong, or the flowers didn’t arrive, or something isn’t right.

What I have seen in my experience is that the wedding coordination and logistical planning that the planner works so hard for the couples is a priceless piece. It takes that worry off of the couple and allows them to be fully immersed in their day, so that I get to document those beautiful emotions as they say “I DO”.

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A final piece of the puzzle that I believe the planner is invaluable is in their “little black book.” We all know what I mean when I say little black book right? When the planner sits down with you, hears the dreams and hopes you have for what you want your day to look like, and pulls out her book and says, “I know the PERFECT person for you!”

The contacts that the planner has in the industry are usually people that the planner trusts, has worked with before and can vouch for their talent and expertise in their area of service. Picking a photographer from a website is so hard! But hearing the experience that one has had professionally working with a vendor, makes these decisions so much easier and really gives a testimony to a person, not just a name on a list. That little black book is full of people that the planner trusts and knows will help to create your perfect day!

~ Jess

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