Planning a wedding might be a time-consuming process, and even the tiniest of weddings might need advance preparation. As a result, many brides and grooms nowadays choose to work with a professional wedding planner to assist them in putting together all of the elements for their big day. In the past, only the wealthy could afford to employ a wedding planner, but nowadays, couples are paying for these services as a way to lower their stress and keep their focus on the things that matter most.
So, what should you think about when comparing the benefits and drawbacks of hiring a wedding planner to arrange the entire event yourself? Here are some questions to ask before making any decisions or beginning your search for a wedding planner.
Do you have the time?
The time commitment for planning a wedding ceremony can be huge. If you don’t have the time to plan your wedding knot, hiring a professional wedding planner might save you and your spouse-to-be lots of aggravation and hassle. Even if you hire a day-of-event planner, it may take enough off your plate that you can keep sane throughout the months leading up to your wedding knot.
Do you have the additional funds?
Hiring a wedding planner for your knot doesn’t have to be costly. There are many ways wedding planners can charge, and they may actually save you money because they know how to find and negotiate deals with vendors. Wedding planners charge in a few different ways: some by the percentage of the cost of the wedding knot, others by flat fee, or by hourly rates. If you decide that hiring a wedding planner is something you want to do, make sure all costs are clearly laid out before forging ahead. If you think you can afford a wedding planner, make sure you understand everything before proceeding.
Are you a do-it-yourself type of person?
For many couples, their wedding ceremony day is the most important event of their lives. It’s a time to celebrate love and commitment with friends and family. A lot of the planning process goes into a wedding knot; it can be an emotional rollercoaster ride for even the most organized person. Planning every wedding details down to the last minute inevitably leads to stress, frustration, tears…and more wedding planning!
If you answered yes to at least one of the above questions, you like to do things on your own. For many brides, making the favors, invites, save-the-dates, centerpieces, and a variety of other wedding-related items is a dream come true (except for getting married to their one and only).
If you’re the DIY type who loves doing things yourself, hiring a wedding planner may not be your style. A planning binder or online wedding software may assist you to manage all of your vision instead. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer and want to hire a wedding planner, make sure there’s a clear division of labor so you don’t step on each other’s toes.
Do you like details?
Some individuals are detail maniacs, and they enjoy keeping track of every aspect of their life. Others don’t want to deal with minor chores and details, therefore they prefer the broad view. How can you tell if you’re a details person? If you must your checkbook, answer all your emails, put your dress out for tomorrow’s meeting then you’re a details person and you’d feel at ease not only planning your own wedding but also planning weddings for a living.
If you can sleep well and don’t even consider these things, then you’re probably not a detailed person and should look for someone else to help you plan your wedding. This isn’t meant to imply that a details person shouldn’t hire a wedding planner or that a non-details person shouldn’t be able to do it on their own; just keep in that if you take a step outside of your comfort zone, you’ll probably second-guess yourself at some point.
Do you like negotiating and haggling for deals?
It’s your wedding day, and you want it to be perfect. You know what you want: the perfect dress, the perfect venue, the right colors for your flowers, a ring that will make her say yes. But there are so many decisions to make! Who should arrange my flowers? How do I find the best photographer for my budget? Where can I get my cake from without breaking our budget but still have it taste amazing? What kind of music should we play at our reception? And how do I handle all those little details like invitations and guest seating charts and table settings when I’m not exactly Martha Stewart in real life…or am I?! Then you may need to pay someone additional fees to assist you. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, then it might be time to hire a wedding planner. The latter has the benefit of allowing wedding planners to negotiate with wedding vendors, understand what items should cost, and tell clients whether they’re getting good.
Do you like wedding planning parties?
Do you like wedding planning parties? This is really the deciding question, because although a wedding in most cases has a religious component to it, in the end, what you are really planning is a party. Some people enjoy organizing parties and everything that comes with them, such as creating invites, planning food offerings and entrees, scouting out/reserving halls, and so on. If this sounds like something that would interest you or if you already enjoy doing these things then hiring someone else will probably not make any difference (but if it does sound like something up your alley, you should seriously consider hiring a wedding planner). If you enjoy going to parties but dislike organizing them, a wedding planner may be on the way.
The decision to hire a wedding planner or do it yourself can depend on your personality and what you like doing. If you are detail-oriented, enjoy negotiating deals, and love wedding planning parties then the best choice for you is hiring a professional event planner. However, if these three things sound overwhelming to you or not enjoyable at all then there’s no need to worry! You may be better off handling the details of your own big day without having someone else take up space in your house with their ideas and opinions. Whichever way suits you best will work out great as long as that’s what makes YOU happy! For more information about which option might make sense for you specifically please contact our team today – we’re always here waiting to help when needed!
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