Many brides today struggle with the question of whether or not they should hire a wedding planner. Wedding planners are professionals and it’s their job to handle weddings and organizing everything that needs to be done to make things less stressful for you. If you hire one, hands down you should have an enjoyable wedding planning experience. If you don’t hire one, it doesn’t mean you will have a hard experience, but it will not be as easy. So the one question that you need to ask yourself is this: Do you want to pay someone to do the difficult work for you or are you willing to do the hard work yourself?
If you decide that you don’t want a wedding coordinator, there are some things you need to be prepared and ready for:
Wedding planning is incredibly time consuming. So, if you already have a jam packed schedule and aren’t willing to take time off of work to plan for the biggest day of your life, you most definitely need a wedding planner. The last thing you want to do is add more stress on yourself as you get ready for your wedding day. So make sure you take into consideration the time and effort that it will take to plan your wedding. Because it will take hours. Countless hours
Wedding planning is not easy. Not only is it time consuming, but wedding planning is very hard. You have to be a good organizer and be good with checklists and due dates. If you have the lazy and chill personality, you will be digging yourself into a deep hole. Wedding planning can be very enjoyable and fun along the way, but you must be prepared for the hardships that come along with it as well.
Wedding planning is very stressful. If you are taking on the job of coordinating your wedding yourself, you can plan on being very stressed out at some point along the way. From ordering invitations, finding a dress, finding a venue, figuring out the songs to dance to, and going through your mom’s old address book to find the relative’s’ addresses that you are in desperate need of, there is a lot that comes with the job. Even if you are a good organizer, you will experience some stressful situations in one way or another.
These points are not made to discourage you at all! But they are very realistic reasons that you need to consider when deciding if you want to hire a wedding coordinator or not. Even if you hire a wedding planner, there will still be stress, just not as much of a workload to go along with it. In fact, many couples enjoy planning their own wedding because it gives them time to work together and enjoy planning their big day.
But aren’t wedding planners expensive? What if it’s not in the budget? I still don’t know!
While there are many statistics that answer this question, it is very true that every wedding planner is different. Some will ask for a certain percentage of the total cost of the wedding, maybe 10 or 15 percent of your total. Others will charge anywhere from $40 to $150 an hour just for consulting. That is not including the actual event itself! So yes, for some couples the only option is to plan your own wedding. But for others, a wedding planner can be very affordable.
For those who cannot afford a professional, there is another option!
There are many loving friends and lots of family around you. One of them is bound to be a good organizer, enjoy weddings, and be willing to offer their services for a very cheap price! Many times, the mother of the bride will offer her expertise on many ideas and concepts. So although a professional coordinator may not be in the wedding budget, there are many people surrounding you who care about you. Ask around and see if any of them would be willing to help you for a cheap price!
I want a wedding planner, but how do I find one?
The best way to find and hire a wedding planner is to do a little research. Search on google for event planners and wedding coordinators in your area. Then review their websites and information and narrow down some of your choices. Book appointments and meet with the coordinators before making your decision on which one you want. There is a wedding planner out there for you! You just need to do a little bit of searching.
In conclusion, there is no right or wrong when it comes to deciding whether or not to hire a wedding planner. And in the end there are pros and cons to each. But take some time to think about what would be best for you and your future spouse. Look through reviews online and checklists from other brides to see if you can handle doing it yourselves. Make sure you have enough time to take off work so you can put in solid hours taking care of it. But whatever you do, make sure you leave time for you and your significant other. The last thing you need is more stress on your plate.