What is a Wedding Planner?

What is a wedding planner and should you hire one? Social Maven | Wedding Planners | Buffalo New York

As most married couples will tell you, wedding planning can be a little overwhelming.  You’re excited, anxious, and probably have a million questions, and that’s before you even get to the guest list.

We might be a little biased, but we strongly believe that all couples should have some professional help while planning their wedding to help them create the event of their dreams (without losing their minds along the way), and actually enjoy attending it.

Whether you’ve witnessed a friend or family member’s planning journey or have started planning you own wedding, you probably already know a helping hand from an expert can be essential when it comes to finding the best vendors, making sure all the details are in place, and running the big day. But did you know there are several different types of wedding professionals?


Yes, there is a difference. Very often people confuse a wedding planner with a wedding coordinator or a wedding designer. So, which one is right for you? Fear no more! We’re here to decode the differences to help you find the best fit for your event. We’ll start with:

What is a wedding planner?

…And should you hire one?

What is a wedding planner and what does a wedding planner do? Social Maven | Buffalo New York Wedding Planners

What does a wedding planner do?

A wedding planner will be your partner through every single phase of the wedding planning process from start to finish. They’ll take care of everything from brainstorming concepts to helping you find and contract the right vendors, booking hotel blocks and coordinating out of town guests, managing your budget, running your rehearsal, and overseeing everything on your wedding day.

Usually a wedding planner will put anywhere from 100 to 250 hours into the planning of one event. They’ll make sure you have the least amount of stress possible during the planning process, and ensure you don’t have to worry about things like whether the bartender has enough ice when you should be enjoying yourself with your guests.

What is a wedding planner? A wedding planner spends 100-250 hours planning your wedding to make sure that it’s perfect. Social Maven’s Syrie Roman at work
What is a wedding planner? A wedding planner will be your partner through every single phase of the wedding planning process from start to finish.

Who should definitely hire a wedding planner?

  • You want the least amount of stress possible, specially on your wedding day.

  • You have little free time to commit to planning your wedding.

  • You’re in a time crunch and need an expert to take over the planning of your event.

  • You live in a different city from where your event is taking place.

  • You want a highly professional look to your wedding.

How much should I expect to invest?

You should expect to invest about 15% of your total wedding budget for a full service wedding planner, or an average of $3-5k.

What is a wedding planner? How much should I expect to invest? Ask Buffalo Wedding Planner Syrie Roman

When should I book my wedding planner?

Most wedding planners book well in advance – we’ve already got events scheduled for the next two years!

When to hire a wedding planner? We recommend that you book your planner a year to 18 months before your event. This will give you the most return on your investment and make the process smoother and less stressful, since your planner will be there from the beginning. You’ll be working together closely, so make sure to check reviews online and have a chat with your planner prior to getting started so you know you’ll be a good team. Instagram is also a great tool to ensure that your planner’s style is cohesive with the vision you have for your day.


Join us in the next installment where we'll get into the role of Wedding Coordinator.

At Social Maven we offer all 3 levels of service: planning, coordinating, and designing, as well as custom packages designed to meet our couples' needs. Our goal is for you to be able to make an informed decision when hiring your wedding team so your expectations are met and your wedding day is as flawless as you have dreamed about. Want to chat? Send us an email, the coffee's always on us!

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