Episode 11

Do I Need to Hire a Wedding Planner? - With Claudia Hanlin of The Wedding Library

Welcome to the Step-by-Step Wedding Prep Podcast - The weekly show where we teach you everything you need to know to plan your wedding like a pro! 

On today's episode, we welcome Claudia Hanlin, owner and founder of The Wedding Library, a luxury wedding planning and design company that has grown to become New York City's largest wedding planning business. She's been a contributing editor for Martha Stewart Weddings, producer of Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party - the US’s premier consumer bridal show - and has been named top wedding planner by Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Vogue, the Knot and Modern Bride.

If you've never considered hiring a wedding planner, or maybe you have but dismissed it entirely because of budget concerns. This episode is eye-opening!

if you’re really stressing out trying to keep all the moving parts in motion and staying organized, if you’re not sure what happens when and are constantly seeking advice on how to do any part of the planning for your day, or if you’ve ever thought that having someone do all the heavy lifting for you would really make your life so much easier, then you definitely want to listen to today’s show.

Claudia and I discuss...

  • What a wedding planner is and what they ACTUALLY do
  • If you are hiring one person or a team
  • Different types of planning services available and what they offer
  • Reasons why you SHOULDN'T hire a wedding planner
  • What the process of hiring a planner looks like
  • How much you can expect to pay for a planner
  • How a planner can help you even AFTER you've booked all your vendors
  • The fact that even with a planner, you have TOTAL control
  • How to save time and money by hiring a planner
  • 3 ways wedding planners can actually SAVE you money
  • What you can do if you REALLY don't have the money to hire a planner but desperately need some help

Stay tuned to the end of the show when I ask Claudia 5 Fun Questions and learn about how she got into the business of wedding planning

To learn more about Claudia and The Wedding Library or to book a consultation with her, please visit:

The Wedding Library

FB: Claudia Hanlin's Wedding Library

IG: @weddinglibrary

As always, if you have a wedding planning questions you'd like answered on the show, we'd love to hear from you. Join the conversation online at:

IG: @SBSWeddingPrep (#sbsweddingprep, #weddingwednesdays)

FB: @SBSWeddingPrep

If you are a Hudson Valley Bride or Groom, please make sure you check out Wedding Connections of the Hudson Valley, a blog specific to your Hudson Valley needs with local insights,real Hudson Valley wedding photo inspiration, and more.

IG: @wedconnecthv #wedconnecthv

FB: @WeddingConnectionsHV

Music by Chris Orazi, Mixing by Nate Terry at C.A.S. Music Production

About the Podcast

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Felicia Zammit-McMann

Felicia is a former bride helping future brides plan their weddings in a fun and easy way - the way they should be - by sharing expert advice and personal anecdotes tackling couples most pressing and common wedding planning concerns and questions. She believes when you’re equipped with the right knowledge from the start, you’re better prepared to plan your wedding without the overwhelm and stress so many couples face.

In addition to hosting this awesome podcast, Felicia is the the owner and editor of Wedding Connections of the Hudson Valley - a regional online wedding publication based in upstate New York and is a 2019 40 under 40 Honoree in her local county for the work she’s done supporting weddings and wedding vendors in her community.

Her tips and advice have been featured in prominent wedding industry publications including The Overwhelmed Bride, The Budget Savvy Bride, and the former Wedding Industry Education.

She holds and M.A. in Communications and a B.A. in Fashion Design. During her time as an undergrad she studied in London and apprenticed with luxury couture wedding dress designer, Phillipa Lepley.

Outside of weddings, Felicia is a life-long Disney fan. She got engaged there and honeymooned there. She loves the New York Yankees, loves to cook, has a serious soft spot for cats, and is a huge history buff!