Today, my friend, Neil, the wedding film-guru-extraordinaire of Iron Kite Films, is sharing his thoughts on the perks of a wedding planner. P.S. If you have ever been on the fence about the importance of a wedding film, take five minutes and watch the above. I guarantee it will change your mind!!
I have been blessed to work with some amazingly gifted wedding planners…one of which is the wonderful Miss Leigh “make-it-fancy” Pearce! The difference that a planner can make in the outcome of a wedding is pretty remarkable. From taking the burden off of the bride and her mother to crafting a timeless event, a good wedding planner is more than worth the investment that a family will make. From a wedding vendor’s perspective, like myself, a skilled planner is an absolute necessity.
When I receive a wedding inquiry, I take into consideration if the wedding will be facilitated by a planner or not. The majority of the time, I will stay away from weddings that are not professionally planned. Thankfully, 99% of my inquiries are from brides who are working with a wedding planner. When I was first starting out, however, this wasn’t the case…and I am so thankful those days are behind me! I remember one wedding, in particular, where a friend of the family was “coordinating” the day as a favor to the family. While well intentioned, she was in over her head. The DJ was supposed to play a particular song to cue the wedding party to begin walking down the aisle. None of this had been communicated to him…until I asked when he was going to get the show on the road. The song he played was the one that was supposed to cue the bride…so he just played it twice! The fairy tale entrance that the bride had anticipated her whole life was put into the hands of a disconnected DJ. These sort of things should be left to the professionals, the ones who make the bride’s dreams come true.
A great wedding planner can turn an idea into a reality…and assemble a team who can make sure that the beautiful reality is preserved and documented in the best possible way. My job is to tell the story that the bride and groom are starring in…and this is so much easier when there is a “director” to oversee the flow of the day. A planner really is the director, and if this director is missing, the day becomes more like an exercise in survival instead of storytelling. With a great planner at the helm, the canvas that I’m presented with is gorgeously decorated, seamlessly consistent, and like a fairytale. I love walking into a wedding with the confidence that I can point the camera almost anywhere and have a beautiful shot.
Another misconception is “certainly with the amount of weddings I’ve been to, it won’t be that difficult to keep the day organized and flowing.” The easiest way to trainwreck a wedding is poor planning, which also involves anticipating the “what ifs.” Again, from a vendor’s perspective, a good plan is vital. Should I stay with the bride or do I have 15 minutes to grab the guys praying? Will the wedding party enter through the main door or through the side door? Is the bride a daddy’s girl and, if so, when will she see him the first time on the big day? These are all tiny details that seem to get lost in the shuffle when no planner is involved; but somehow…as if by some sixth sense, the professional wedding planner seems to know all of these intricate details of the day! And when the planner knows, we all know…and the fairytale wedding becomes a beautiful reality.