I was torn about hiring a planner, as I’m a relatively organized and type-A person who had already exceeded her wedding budget. Let me tell you – this was the best decision I made in the entire wedding planning process! Looking back now, I don’t know what I would have done without Joan and her expertise! The selling point for me was the realization that it doesn’t make sense to spend thousands of dollars for an event without hiring a professional to oversee and coordinate the many moving parts involved. I didn’t have to be the point person for all the vendors and most importantly it limited my interaction with my challenging venue manager. I got to just enjoy the day and not worry about anything – our wedding truly went off without a hitch (or I didn’t know about any issues, which is fine by me!). There was a huge benefit of having someone with extensive experience give me advice and tell me what works well in various situations. Planning a wedding is an intense process and it was made easy by Joan and her team. I was able to trust and outsource nearly all of the last minute coordination between vendors, which was a huge relief with my demanding work schedule. I’ve since been to a handful of weddings where there were minor snafus (couldn’t hear the vows, DJ didn’t have the first dance song (!) etc) and I couldn’t help but feel grateful we avoided any similar glitches. I have nothing but amazing memories from that day and I am truly grateful to Five Grain Events for being there for me.
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