Friday, August 9, 2013

Why You Should Hire a Wedding Planner (The Basics)

Many people still think that hiring a wedding planner is only for the wealthy and those throwing huge events.  However, that simply isn’t the case anymore.  Wedding planners are available for a huge range of weddings from the intimate to the extravagant, from the budget conscious to the limitless credit line.  In fact, there are several very good reasons you should hire a wedding planner for your big day.  Following, I will briefly go over ten reasons you should hire a wedding planner, then later in the series I will address each reason in more detail.  Let the planning begin!

  1. Handling the planning yourself often takes away from your being able to enjoy the process of being engaged and planning your big day.
  2. Venue coordinators generally have very little, if any, involvement in helping you with any other aspects of planning your wedding outside of the specific services their venue provides.
  3. Wedding planner are also your mediators.  They help with disagreements between the bride and groom; as well as family and friends who may be over stepping.
  4. Hiring a wedding planner is a great idea for DIY couples who want to make a lot of the d├ęcor/details for the wedding themselves, because the planner can focus on the logistics of the wedding while the couple can focus on the arts and crafts.
  5. A planner can often help you save money and can even sometimes help you save enough to cover their rate.
  6. A wedding planner will also help you stay on budget and keep you from over spending, and thus help you recover their rate as well.
  7. A wedding planner can save you time and streamline the process by helping you to more quickly narrow down your options.  Many already have connections with vendors which helps further with this, helping you save time and possibly money.
  8. When planning a wedding, staying on schedule is vital, and a wedding planner will help you do just that, saving you stress and possible money.
  9. Hiring a Day-of planner can help defuse disasters and potential disasters, often without you even needing to know about them so that you can fully enjoy your day.
  10. According to different surveys, between 15 and 25% of couples plan destination weddings.  A wedding planner can help make sure that you have all the necessary requirements met to be legally married in the area you plan to have the wedding, otherwise you find out later your marriage wasn’t legal and end up going down to city hall to be legally married.

If you aren’t sure whether or not you should hire a planner, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you have a stressful and/or time consuming job?
  2. Are you bad with money and/or schedules?
  3. Do you get overwhelmed by the details?
  4. Is there drama and/or the potential for drama in your family?
  5. Do you want to have your wedding out of town?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should hire a wedding planner, whether for full service, consultation services, and/or day-of coordination.  When selecting your wedding planner, you should choose someone you feel comfortable with, who listens to you and shows that they understand what your vision for your wedding is, and is organized.  If you don’t feel comfortable with the first planner you meet with, don’t be afraid to say no thank you and look for a different planner; it is easier and more cost effective to work with one planner or one group from start to finish than to start with one and then switch in the middle of the planning because things aren’t going well.