Congratulations! You’re finally getting married!
By now you’ve probably taken all the time you need to celebrate and bask in the thought of finally tying the knot with your significant other and might now be wondering how best to make your dream wedding come true. Perhaps you’re thinking of busting out your box of arts and crafts and going DIY-crazy on everything. Or perhaps you’re thinking that, between dealing with the wedding budget, exasperating family members, unsolicited advice, and living your everyday life, the least you want to do is to be dumping glitters on a personalized wedding invitation for a distant aunt.
Should you hire a wedding planner? We’ve come up with a list of reasons why you may want or not want to hire another pair of helping hands for your big day.
Hiring a wedding planner means hiring a professional
Let’s face it, not every one of us is particularly blessed with the skills required to micromanage an event that involves a lot of details (and by “a lot” we mean A LOT). You may be the type of person who does not do well under immense pressure or hates organizing a huge event. If so, you’ll benefit from hiring a professional whose sole job is to mind all the teeny-tiny details surrounding your big day.
They are in-charge of troubleshooting any mishaps that may occur before and during your wedding day. A supplier backed out? They got your back. Your wedding band can’t make it to your ceremony in time? No doubt they’ll handle that and get Around Town Entertainment in Connecticut (CT) in a jiffy.
A good wedding planner will bring fresh, exciting ideas to the table
As professionals in their field, wedding planners keep themselves in the loop on the latest wedding and design trends. Their experience (they’ve been doing this for far longer than you, for one) and input are therefore invaluable in bringing your wedding visions into fruition.
Planners have plenty of connections
They can hook you up with suppliers, venues, and providers that you wouldn’t even think of approaching on your own. An experienced wedding planner also has inside knowledge of the industry and knows a trick or two on how to stretch your given budget.
All this means less stress for you! You don’t want to turn into the kind of bride horror stories and viral social media posts are made of, right? With a wedding planner, you’ll have all the time to relax and enjoy the thrill of the days leading up to your wedding.
Hiring a wedding planner may take away some of the intimacy of the wedding
There is a special feeling involved when you have handpicked every detail of the wedding – from the save-the-dates to the wedding souvenirs down to the after-party playlist. There is a certain feeling of pride, for instance, if and when a guest praises a particular item that you crafted by hand. All this can be lost by hiring someone who will instead handle these details for you.
It might be hard for you to relinquish control on the minute details of your wedding preparations. This is especially true if you are the type who is very hands-on and would like to be involved in every aspect of the preparation. Some of the anxiety you might feel in giving up the reins to a professional might be alleviated by having a planner who thoroughly understands and is 100% committed to your vision.
Speaking of, finding a planner whose style, values and vision match yours can be a little bit difficult. A common mistake brides commit when hiring a planner is settling for someone who might charge less but with whom they don’t quite connect with. Your relationship with your wedding planner must be quite like with a trusted friend or confidante. Go with someone who understands and respects your wishes but also possesses enough guts to tell you when your wishes won’t work. This way, you can be sure that you get the best value for your money.
Hiring a wedding planner is an added cost
Wedding planners are like tattoos – those that are good aren’t cheap, and those that are cheap are probably not good. If you feel your wedding budget is quite tight, perhaps a wedding planner isn’t the best course of action for you. If you think you need help but are on a tight budget, try seeking the help of your bridesmaid and trusted friends. Hiring an on-the-day coordinator is also a less expensive option to ensure every kink gets to be ironed out on the day itself.