Here is one of the most common questions among brides; should I hire a wedding planner? Since we don’t know your complete situation it’s impossible for us to answer this question for you, but we can provide information that will help you decide for yourself.
As you approach your wedding there are 2 approaches you can take. You can hire a professional or you can plan the wedding on your own. Neither decision is a bad decision. Your wedding can be picture perfect either way.
Before making a decision there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Time, money and your desired experience will probably be the main factors as you make a decision. Ask yourself these questions before you make a decision: Do I have time to plan a wedding? What is my budget? What do I want my wedding planning experience to be like?
With these questions in mind compare the pros and cons of both approaches. Here are some of the pros and cons of hiring a professional as well as planning on your own.
Pros of Hiring a Professional
One of the best things about professional wedding planners is the fact that they will make your life so much easier. Weddings are stressful no matter who you are. Having a professional by your side will lighten your load more than anything else. If you don’t deal well with stress and have the money, we recommend hiring a wedding coordinator.
If you and your family are inexperienced when it comes to wedding planning, hiring a pro can make sure your wedding turns out the way you want. Tell the wedding planner what you want and leave it in their hands to make it happen. Wedding planners are very talented at what they do so it’s ok to trust them with your special day.
Hiring a professional to help you plan your wedding can be costly but can it save you money in the long run? Sometimes wedding planners have special deals with other wedding vendors such as photographers, wedding cake specialists and even wedding venues. If this is the case, you can actually end up saving money in the long run.
Cons of hiring a professional
There are only a few cons that come to mind when thinking about professional wedding planners. First is cost and second is experience. Wedding planners can save you money with other wedding vendors but not every bride works with wedding vendors. Some brides like to do everything on their own with the help of friends and family. If you are on a tight budget, hiring a pro might not be best for you.
Some brides want to experience every emotion of wedding planning. They want to do everything on their own, find their own vendors and use their own creativity. If this is you, and you deal with stress well, you probably don’t need to hire a pro.
We recently heard a horror story about a wedding planner who didn’t pull things together in time for the wedding. With any vendor you work with, you run the risk of someone not doing their job. Most wedding planners are fantastic; it is simply important to get to know the professional before you hire them. Look at their portfolio of past weddings and talk to brides that have worked with them in the past.
We hope this information helps you make a decision. Remember, no matter how much money you have it is important to establish a budget for your wedding. Decide how much you have to spend, and then make decisions on where the money will go.