Welcome to the Nuptial Nest, aka my blog. I’ve decided to go through all the weddings I’ve ever worked and discuss a lesson I’ve learned from each of those weddings – be it a life lesson, a lesson about how to be a better wedding planner, or a lesson to future clients. No topic is off limits – let’s get into the dirty details of weddings! *no brides were harmed in the creation of this blog*
Nuptial Nest Lesson 5 – Give it to me, I’m worth it.
During my first year in the wedding planning industry, I kept hearing various numbers/dollar amounts being thrown out everywhere for vendors/services. It appeared as though everything was just so expensive. This included wedding planners and wedding coordinators.
I was chatting with one client who really wanted to work with me, and she just seemed like she needed assistance. Wanting to make sure that my clients really left with a great experience, I devalued myself for this couple very deeply. I truly thought I was doing the right thing, and just said to myself, “it’ll be worth it to help her out and make sure she’s happy.”
When you have a certain skill set and you want to make sure that this skill set is used properly, devaluing yourself is NOT the way to go. This client used up resources that I didn’t even know I had, and definitely was one of the more challenging events I’ve worked. I’m all for a good challenge (any time, any day) but this was not the way to go for my own psyche, mental clarity, and self-esteem.
Lesson Learned: know your value and your worth. On the flip side, understand the value of what you are paying for. Sometimes prices for the wedding industry seem outrageous, but it all depends on value for YOU. Love photography? Splurge on a good photographer and save on the flowers. Love food? Get set up with some killer caterers and save on the photographer. Want to sit back, relax, and enjoy your day? Spend a bit on a GOOD wedding planner/coordinator to help you live your best life come wedding day.