If you’re engaged and have started planning the big day, one decision you might be considering is whether to hire a wedding planner or not. Wedding planners aren’t necessary – you can plan a wedding yourself – but a planner can be a practical and emotional support during a time of great change. Hiring a wedding planner can be costly, so you should consider several factors before making a decision. Here are six reasons you might want to enlist the help of a planner when arranging a wedding.
1. You have limited time
Even if you’re planning a small wedding, making all the arrangements involved in this special occasion takes time. Whether you have a demanding job or existing family commitments, a wedding planner can save you weeks of planning and often thousands of dollars in mistakes made by making all the practical arrangements for your big day.
2. You have very specific ideas in mind for your wedding
A wedding is one of the most special days you will experience, and many people want to mark the occasion by doing something original. Wedding planners are usually very well connected, and know a lot of professionals in the industry, so if you have a specific idea in mind for your wedding, a planner could help you turn it into a reality.
3. You want a large wedding
The larger your wedding, the more planning you will need to do in advance, so if you’re planning a big event, enlisting the help of a wedding planner will make the process easier.
Hiring a wedding planner when you’re trying to stick to a budget might sound counter-intuitive, but one of a wedding planner’s main tasks is to try and help reduce the cost of your wedding. Planners can help negotiate discounts with vendors, potentially saving you more money than you spend on their fee.
5. You’re not sure how to plan a wedding and want some expert advice
If you have no idea where to start when planning your wedding, or you’re feeling overwhelmed with everything you need to do, involving a professional could reduce your stress levels. Experienced wedding planners will be familiar with the process of planning and executing a successful party, so will be able to offer guidance and advice.
As well as helping with the planning process, a wedding planner will be there to support you on the day, acting as a go-between between vendors and any third-party contractors, and ensuring everything runs smoothly behind the scenes so you can enjoy your party.
7. You want someone to mediate conflicts.
Weddings are a time of celebration, and also a time of transition. During periods of change, emotions can run high and conflicts can emerge between the wedding party and vendors, and between the different families involved in the wedding. Planners are impartial so don’t get emotionally involved in the situation, which makes them a useful source of support and mediation when needed.
Wedding planners might seem like an unnecessary expense, but if you have the budget, hiring a planner can reduce your stress levels, and help you enjoy the wedding of your dreams.