Why You Need a Wedding Planner

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Winston-Salem Wedding Photographers explain why you need a Wedding Planner

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Deana and Matt’s Wedding at the Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel, Quantico VA

Why do you need a wedding planner? There are many reasons why a wedding planner will make your wedding day much smoother and more enjoyable. Josh and I have photographed many weddings, and by far the most successful had an amazing wedding planner behind the scenes making magic happen! Below are the 5 reasons why we think wedding planners are essential for your wedding – no matter the size!

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Reason 1: Wedding Planners bring clarity

When you get engaged, your mind begins swirling with all of the possibilities. There are so many things that you will need to nail down in order to make your wedding go off without a hitch. You have to decide when you will get married and where. You will need to choose your wedding style and colors. You may have a grand wedding vision or have no idea where to start. A great planner is going to ask you the right questions to help you really zero in on what you want for your wedding day. A wedding planner is also going to help you take your vision and match it to your budget. Your planner will have a realistic estimate of what things will cost and will help you prioritize the most important things to help maximize your budget.

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Reason 2: Wedding Planners have connections to the most amazing vendors

An experienced wedding planner is going to have connections with the best vendors in your area. In fact, they will most likely have a preferred vendors list ready to show you! Their vendors list isn’t going to be a bunch of people who paid for that spot on the list – these will be actual vendors your planner has worked with and had a great experience. These are vendors that have been vetted by your planner and will serve you well on your wedding day.

Reason 3: Wedding Planners have the knowledge and experience to help you think of everything you didn’t

There are so many little details that go into a wedding day that you probably never thought of. Experienced wedding planners have seen it all. They know what little details you will need to think of (and budget for) ahead of time. When Josh and I got married, we really had no idea what we were doing. My biggest regret is not hiring a planner to help us have a great wedding day. Everything fell on our shoulders and I became so overwhelmed with all of the questions I did not have an answer to. For example – who was going to make sure the reception area was set up before we arrived? I had to set everything up that morning instead of enjoying time with my bridesmaids. Who was going make sure my bridal party knew where to go and when? I assumed they would just figure it out! Instead, my Pastor’s wife stepped up and helped guide my wedding party to the right place at the right time instead of being able to enjoy her time as a guest. All of those stressful situations could have been avoided if I had a planner that could have assembled a team for me.

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Reason 4: Wedding Planners make sure you are served well on your wedding day

Your wedding day should be one of the best days of your life. You and your new spouse should be the center of attention. All of your wedding vendors should come together to serve you well and make sure your day is wonderful. All of those vendors are going to need a leader to make that happen! Your wedding planner and their team will be the point person on the wedding day so you don’t have to be. Imagine relaxing with your bridesmaids, sipping mimosas, when suddenly your florist, photographer, caterer, DJ, and Venue owner all run into the bridal suite with last-minute questions because something is going wrong. Now imagine your wedding planner, standing in the doorway going “Leave her alone; ask me the questions. I got this.” A good planner is going to literally shield you from stress on your wedding day and make sure your experience is the best it can be.

Here is what one of our favorite planners had to say about why you need a planner on your wedding day and how they will serve you well:

“In the past, Wedding Planners/Coordinators were considered a luxury, but now more than ever, they are a necessity. With couples and their families spending thousands of dollars on this one-time event, couples need a professional planner/coordinator on their team to make sure their vision and the day go as planned. With the size, scope, and curated details of today’s weddings, there are so many moving parts that couples need a professional to help orchestrate the day and keep it on track.  Couples need someone who knows their event inside and out, will make sure the venue and vendors are providing their contracted services, and be a point person to answer all of those last-minute questions. A wedding day goes by fast and you want to be able to enjoy every moment. By hiring a wedding planner/coordinator, you can.”

Tonya W. Miller, CWP, CMP
Owner and Lead Coordinator
Blueprints Wedding and Event Coordination
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Reason 5: Wedding Planners handle the problems so you don’t have to

I always tell my brides that something will go wrong on your wedding day. It isn’t always a big something – but something will go wrong! Just like in the previous scenario, your wedding planner is going to make sure whatever is going wrong is handled with as little stress for you and your new spouse as possible!

5 Things to ask to make sure your planner will serve you well

You want to make sure that your wedding photographer is experienced and will be the expert you need to make sure your wedding day is the best it can be. Dogwood Gatherings and Events suggests asking your wedding planner these 5 questions before you book:

  • Will you be serving multiple weddings during my wedding weekend, or just mine?
  • Do you have a team that can assist if something happens and you can’t be there the day of?
  • Do you have a preferred vendors list?
  • Are you a preferred vendor for any local venues and if so who?
  • How many weddings have you planned/coordinated?
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Deana and Matt’s wedding – made perfect with the perfect planner

Deanna and Matt’s wedding was absolutely beautiful, but they could not have done it without the help of an amazing planner. This was a destination wedding for these two, and Deanna worked with her planner – during the height of the Covid lockdowns – to make sure that her wedding was everything she dreamed of. Because Matt is a marine, they were given permission to use the Semper Fidelis Chapel in Quantico, VA for their ceremony and they held their reception at the beautiful Workhouse Arts Center. Covid lockdowns and regulations caused a lot of issues for Matt and Deanna, even forcing them to change their wedding date and reception venue. Because Deanna had hired such a phenomenal wedding planner, they were able to have an amazing wedding with their closest friends and family by their side. I can’t say enough about Amanda Tyner and her team at Remembered Events. As a photographer, it is so important for us to know the details of what is happening on a wedding day and have a general timeline. This allows us to curate those special moments and anticipate the big ones that we need to capture! Amanda was so great at communicating with us so we didn’t have to bother our bride about those last-minute details.

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Deanna and Matt’s Wedding Vendors:
Ceremony Venue: Sempre Fidelis Chapel
Reception Venue: Workhouse Arts Center
Planner: Remembered Events
Catering: A Taste of Elegance
Dress: David’s Bridal
Menswear: Mens Warehouse
Transportation: Dulles Limousine

 

We're Josh & Alisha

Just two lovebirds, enjoying everyday life.

Photographers. Artists. Creatives. Parents to two. Nerds. Foodies. Lovers. Friends.

We have been friends since 2006, married since 2008, and capturing memories through photography since 2010. The years of experience in all three make us uniquely qualified to tell your budding love story. If the years have taught us anything, its that fulfilling, long-lasting marriages have a foundation of friendship, and are built with joy - and perhaps quite a few carbs! 

We strive to help you feel confident during your big day, and not awkward or stressed - so you can look back on joyful memories that tell your love story.

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Hi! I'm Alisha!

I'm so excited you're here! 

In addition to being a lady-boss photographer, I am a wife, a mom, a teacher and a follower of Jesus. Those things are the center of everything about who I am, what I do, and how I do it. That means I believe in how important family is, whether you are just starting your own, or are celebrating all of those special milestones. Josh and I have been married for over 12 years and photographing weddings and families for over 10 of those years. Our style has evolved over time, but we love capturing images that are bright, colorful, and tell the most important story - yours!

When we are not shooting, I love going on adventures with our two beautiful girls, trying new recipes, or catching up on my favorite shows with my hubby.

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Hi! I'm Josh!

I want to capture your day!

Having the opportunity to live in a town as beautiful as Kernersville, NC is great. Being able to be here with Alisha is even better. I've been married over twelve years to the love of my life and for most of that time we have worked closely as wedding photographers. Because of this, we have a unique outlook on the wedding experience. Having the opportunity to find the joy and love in that special day and share it with you and your family and friends is the best thing about what I do. That's why I never miss getting a photo of the groom's face when he sees his bride for the first time.

When I don't have a camera in my hands, I enjoy coffee dates and car-sushi with my bride, board games before bed, and binge watching Netflix.

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