A few decades ago, most weddings were planned by the bride and her family with a little input from the groom and his family. Wedding planning was something private to be handled just by the people who cared most about the event. Today, more and more couples are turning to wedding planners for assistance in putting together an incredible ceremony and reception.
The question is do you need one. Below are 6 reasons why you might want to consider taking on the extra costs of a wedding consultant.
1. The benefits of experience – We’ve all had great ideas that – once implemented – turned into horrible disasters. That’s because we lack the experience to know what’s going to work and what won’t work. A wedding planner, on the other hand, has sufficient experience to know whether ideas are going to be effective or not. He or she can also let you know if the idea is reasonable for your budget.
2. Less stress – Although a wedding planner won’t eliminate all of your stress, having someone else handling all of the coordination, making sure everything is ordered on time, and staying on top of contracts, deadlines, payments, etc. is a great way to relieve a bit of your anxiety.
3. Not as much business involvement – When you’re planning your dream wedding, the last thing you want to do is haggle about the price of your catering or negotiate a reduced fee for your transportation. If you’re using a wedding planner, his or her responsibility is to deal with the vendors on your behalf. They make all the deals. That’s good for you because they know how the business works and they have solid relationships with certain vendors so they can often get you a better deal.
4. Stay on budget – Even if you’ve established a budget, you may find it pretty easy to spend more than you can afford. A wedding planner can help you get your budget more under control and can make sure you stay on budget. Of course, if you’re on a tight budget, make sure that you don’t choose a planner who earns a percentage of what you spend on the wedding – that only gives them an incentive to encourage you to over spend. Other payment arrangements are usually more effective.
5. Increased creativity – Wedding planners aren’t just good organizers, they are also meant to help you brainstorm some amazing ideas for your wedding. Not only do they know how to think outside the box, but they also know what’s possible. You may dream about having flamingos wandering around the garden where you’ll be saying your vows, but if you can’t rent the birds or if local ordinances would be against it then you’d be out of luck.
6. Spend time with the people who matter on your big day – When you’re celebrating your wedding, you don’t want to be checking with vendors, arranging photographers, and paying bills. You want to be dancing with your new spouse, hugging your guests, and having a good time. A wedding planner can take care of all those details while you spend your day enjoying yourself.
If you’re considering hiring a wedding planner, then make sure you have some idea of how much you can afford for their services. Ask for recommendations from your friends and family members, especially if you’ve recently been to a great wedding and would like something similar for yourself.
The bottom line is really whether you want to share your planning with a third party or not. That decision – like most wedding decisions – is entirely up to you.