One of the decisions you will may encounter early on in your wedding planning is whether or not you should employ a wedding planner.
This post will be a guide to what you should expect from your wedding planner, and will hopefully assist you in making your decision. We will look at the pros and cons of hiring a wedding planner as well as some of the costs.
According to research, only around 20% of couples used a wedding planner in 2011.
You can’t decide if you need a wedding planner without first knowing what they will do for you, so we will start with a quick breakdown of their role and the benefits that a planner can bring.
The primary role of a wedding planner is to offer you advice and support to ensure that your day goes off without a hitch. They bring knowledge and experience of the industry, including suitable and reliable venues and vendors. The will act as a go between for you and your suppliers to ensure they are paid on time and that everything is delivered and ready for your wedding day.
Finally, the wedding planner will also ensure that the day itself runs smoothly, from cars to photographs, ironing out any problems that may pop up, leaving you free to enjoy your day.
The primary benefit of a wedding planner is the experience that they offer, as well as the pressure and stress that will be taken away from you. Yes, you will have decisions to make, but you will have helpful advice on that, and won’t have to be in contact with all suppliers as you will have someone who can field those calls and ensure that everything is arranged.
Also, whilst a wedding planner will cost you, they should also be able to make you savings, either by spotting where you can cut costs, keeping you grounded, or through discounts they can negotiate with vendors.
Things to Consider
A wedding planner is strongly advised if you are planning a wedding abroad, or in a town or city outside of where you live. A planner might also be a good idea if you have a particularly large wedding as they can help with invites.
A wedding planner is an important consideration if there is likely to be family issues as they can act as a go between and prevent any family feuds or falling outs!
If you’re satisfied that you can handle the majority of the prior planning yourself, then you might want to consider hiring a planner just for your wedding day – to ensure that things run smoothly then.
Furthermore, if both you and your partner work full time jobs and think you will struggle to find the time to plan and organise your wedding, a planner can be a massive help.
There are many reasons you may decide you don’t need or want a wedding planner. Although cost may be the first thing that springs to mind, this shouldn’t be your main concern.
If you know that you will have the time or support from close friends and family to organise and plan then you may be ok without a wedding planner.
Similarly, if you are planning a very small wedding, or are looking to DIY a lot then you may not need the extra help. For example, if you are making your own cake, decorations and invites then this will reduce the amount of suppliers you will need to find and deal with.
In addition, if you only feel that you need help organising things on the day, this is an option with some wedding planners – or your chosen venue might offer this service, so take that into consideration.
Make the decision at the start
One of the risks you face is deciding that you can manage on your own, before getting stuck in and realising that there is a lot more to handle than you thought. Be aware of the amount of work that you will have to take on if planning by yourself, as taking on a wedding planner when you have already begun to struggle will be a lot more difficult and, in some cases, can be a lot more costly.