Starting today, I’m making two new promises to you. From this point forward, there’s no more sugar coating anything. I’m getting real about the ups and downs of wedding planning, the fun and the not so fun stuff. I promise from this point forward to share nothing but the honest truth with you. It may not be what you want to hear, but it’s what you need to hear. And, you’re going to have a better planning experience because of it.

Why? Because you’re no longer going to feel like the random kid in the corner that can’t get it together while everyone else is planning perfectly beautiful weddings with ease. Let me tell you, everyone has their struggles while planning, even wedding planners like me (more on this later!).

My second promise is to help you through it. While we may be getting into the nitty gritty stuff no one likes to talk about, you’re going to get through it. I’m going to give you the solutions to get you through every breakdown, every struggle, and every surprise budget buster. Together, we’re going to plan your best day ever with way less stress.

Alright, let’s get this nitty gritty honest facts about wedding planning started. In all my years of doing this, I’ve come to realize that the most stressed out brides are the ones that don’t ask for help. Typically, these brides assume everyone is too busy, that it’s easy and they can do it on their own or they don’t have the budget to hire professional help. Pair that with feeling ridiculously overwhelmed and you’ve definitely got a mental breakdown on the horizon. If you’re still thinking you’ve got this on lock, here are five signs you actually need some help…

  1. You have decision paralysis | The possibilities for colors, decor, location and more are endless when it comes to your wedding. If you’re struggling to plan because you can’t seem to make any decisions, you may need an objective third party that will help you figure out what you really want and help you execute it.
  2. You’re 8 weeks out and still missing vendors | Y’all, everyone is busy. I understand that completely. But if you’re wedding is in 8 weeks and you still don’t have your florist, baker, and rentals, you may need some serious help.
  3. You’ve been engaged for two years and still don’t have any plans | Obviously, there are some people who get engaged and wait to get married for various reasons. I’m not talking to you. I’m talking to the people who got engaged and have been talking about their wedding plans for two years and still nothing.
  4. You’re curled in the corner crying you feel so overwhelmed | If you just went to your first bridal show and you left feeling completely overwhelmed, talking to a professional that can help might be a good first step for you.
  5. You’re freaking the heck out because the font on your save the dates looks more hot pink than fuchsia | If you’re yelling at people because the shade of the text on your save the dates is just a hair to bright, it may be time for an intervention.

Do any of these sound like you? If so, it’s okay. Take a deep breath, pour a glass of wine, and let’s talk about getting you some help. Friends and family are a great option. Although, like you they can be quite busy and may let things slide unintentionally. Obviously, I’m an advocate for help from a planner. Surprisingly there are options for a wedding planner no matter your budget. Don’t automatically assume you can’t afford one.

Our virtual planning service helps you manage and organize every element of your wedding while giving you access to a curated team of wedding professionals to answer your questions and provide guidance around the clock. The best part is it’s only $229 per year (or $29 per month) which fits into everyone’s budget. You can purchase our virtual service here if you’re interested.  

If you feel like you need someone a little more involved in the day to day of your planning, ask for recommendations of planners in your area. Reach out and ask for package and pricing information before assuming the expense won’t fit in your budget.

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Did you finally break down and get some help with wedding planning? What was the straw that broke the camel’s back?