To Hire or Not to Hire a Wedding Planner?

So you decided to get married, you’ve even envisioned the perfect wedding day for you, and now your goal is to get this to actually happen. Like most couples, you probably have a lot of things in mind – how to prepare for the wedding, how to arrange the actual day, how to deal with your guests – and it may all seem overwhelming. Well, you don’t have to do everything. Hiring a wedding planner could take off a great deal of pressure that comes with organizing your wedding. So should you? Here are some considerations to help you decide whether you need a wedding planner or not.

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Your personal load as a couple

Planning a wedding takes a lot of time. Large weddings may need over 250 hours to plan and execute, and even small ones still require a lot of organization. If you and your spouse-to-be have busy schedules, then you need a wedding planner who can set up all the important matters leading to the wedding and who can make sure that everything runs smoothly on your wedding day. A good wedding planner can save you from getting exasperated from having to deal with too many things at once.

Your desire for creating things

Some people may find wedding planning tedious (many men sure are), while others find it very enjoyable (most women do). So which type are you? If you’re looking forward to creating the invitations, save-the-dates and favors, and are brimming with ideas about the wedding décor, then you probably should take a more hands-on approach to your wedding. If you decide to forego hiring a wedding planner, you can instead use a planning binder or online wedding software to track the development of your wedding.

Your bargaining and haggling skills

A not-so-romantic side of planning your wedding is negotiating the price of the various services you need for the event. Among the vendors that you need to deal with are the photographers and videographers, the caterers, and the florists. If you’re not wise to the ways of bargaining prices, you may have to pay a big sum for all these. Hiring a wedding planner, who surely have had a lot of experience negotiating with vendors, can help you bring your wedding cost down.

Your own budget for the planner

In the past, only rich or well-to-do couples can afford to hire a wedding planner. That’s not the case anymore as the price for planning services has become more affordable and, as we mentioned above, can even reduce the total cost of the wedding. Wedding planners commonly charge in either of three ways: by the hour, with a flat rate (this may increase if there are any overtimes), or by charging a percentage of the cost of the wedding. More experienced wedding planners commonly charge higher rates, but also provide better service quality.

Your confidence on other people

If you’re the type of person who can trust other people to manage your affairs, or one who have more confidence on other people ability to organize, then hiring a wedding planner should not be a problem for you. It may even be a must. However, if you are the type of person who plans ahead, can multitask, and always organizes things, then you’ll probably do well at planning your own wedding. In fact, you may even want to try your hand at planning other people’s wedding.

Your view on wedding planning

We all want a beautiful wedding, but not all of us can (or want to) personally manage the practical aspects required to make it happen. Your wedding is your own big party, so will you be happier just attending (and financing) it, or would you like to be more active in its creation? Whether or not you and your partner will enjoy planning your wedding is really the deciding factor on hiring a wedding planner. However, even if you do decide to plan your own wedding, it might still be a good idea to get a professional consultant, just to make sure that all parts of your wedding are covered and planned properly.

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