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Why You Should Hire Your Wedding Planner First

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That might not have been something you would’ve expected to hear me say right?

But there’s a reason why you should hire your wedding planner before anyone else. Today I’m doing something a little bit differently, and I’m having my friend & wonderful planner Tiffany Butler from Humble Jade Co. speak on this topic.

Here’s her hot take on this.

Hiring a wedding planner as your first vendor is a wise decision that can help you save time, money, and stress.

Here are some reasons why you should consider hiring a wedding planner first:


The level of expertise and capability matters tremendously. Unlike many couples that set off to plan their wedding for the first time ever, a wedding planner has years of experience in the industry and can provide you with valuable insights and guidance throughout the planning process. They can help you find the perfect venue, recommend vendors that fit your style and budget, and ensure that everything runs smoothly on your big day. Vendor selections are crucial to ensuring your wedding runs without any hiccups. When the planner offers their suggestions, that means they have worked with and trust the vendors they refer.

Budget Management

A wedding planner can help you create a realistic budget and keep track of your expenses. They can also negotiate with vendors on your behalf to get the best deals and ensure that you stay within your budget.

Time Management

Planning a wedding can be time-consuming, especially if you have a busy schedule. A wedding planner can take care of all the details, from scheduling vendor appointments to managing RSVPs, so that you can focus on enjoying your engagement.

Stress Reduction

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. A wedding planner can handle all the details and logistics so that you don’t have to worry about anything. They can also help you navigate any unexpected challenges that may arise during the planning process.


A wedding planner is well-versed in wedding etiquette and can provide you with guidance on everything from invitation wording to seating arrangements.

Creative Vision

A wedding planner can help you bring your vision to life and create a cohesive look and feel for your wedding day. They can also provide you with creative ideas and inspiration to make your day truly unique.

Hiring a wedding planner as your first vendor is an investment in your peace of mind and the success of your big day. With their expertise, guidance, and support, you can relax and enjoy every moment of your engagement.

As far as the budget line items go, this should be one of the most significant expenses, except for large-scale tented installations, property buy-outs, catering, and sizable design choices where products and raw material expenses take effect and extensive labor is involved.


Because expertise and time are vital.

We often spend 350-1,500 hours planning, designing, and producing a wedding. No other entity or vendor will invest more time and expertise into your wedding or have a leading responsibility than us.

Curious to see how your wedding planner & photographer work together to make your day run smooth? Contact us here: Humble Jade Co.   &   Hope Ann 

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