Planning a wedding can be stressful – there are so many little details that are easy to forget about like the lighting, transportation, and the do-not-play list for your DJ. Even with websites that offer wedding planning tips, it can still feel a little overwhelming. Luckily, wedding planners exist to help everything run smoothly. Deciding whether or not to hire a wedding planner is just another one of the many decisions that come with planning your wedding. We’re here to help you determine if a wedding planner is right for you.
The Pros of Planning It Yourself
There are lots of advantages to planning your wedding yourself. The biggest one is that you’ll save money. A full service wedding planner will usually cost from $5,000-$10,000 depending on their prior experience and current demand. You can also choose to hire a day-of coordinator to save some money. A day-of coordinator costs about $1,500 depending on their experience. They’ll ensure everything runs smoothly on your big day. If you’re looking to save money, ask your friends and family if anyone of them has experience planning a wedding. If they’ve recently planned a wedding, they’ll be able to give you some advice on planning your own. Your bridesmaids will also be there to help – you’re not totally in this alone!
Another reason to plan your own wedding is to maintain a sense of control. Many people like the idea of being able to carefully choose every detail. This is especially true for Type-A brides or grooms-to-be. Planning your own wedding can also give you a sense of pride once the wedding is completed knowing you were able to organize the entire event yourselves. So if you’re genuinely excited to plan your wedding and have the time to dedicate to it, a wedding planner may not be necessary.
The Cons of Planning It Yourself
If this is your first time planning a wedding, the lack of professional insight can become an issue. You may feel like you have no idea what’s going on. Additionally, the lack of industry connections can also make it more difficult or expensive to have the wedding of your dreams. Wedding planners usually have connections with venues and vendors. Your lack of connections may not be an issue if you’re planning a hometown wedding, but, a planner may be extremely useful if you’re planning a destination wedding. A planner will have a better understanding of a destination’s customs, logistics, and typical costs.
The Pros of Hiring a Wedding Planner
Hiring a planner is a great option because you’ll have the help of an expert every step of the way. You may not know where to start when planning your wedding – and that’s okay! Your wedding planner has probably done this hundreds of times before. They’ll make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible – and it’ll be less stressful for you because they will take care of everything. Being engaged should be a fun and exciting time – why be stressed out when someone else can take care of it all for you? You’ve probably heard of bridezillas before – in fact, there is a whole reality TV show dedicated to it. Planning a wedding can get stressful and bring out the worst in everyone. The stress of planning a wedding can even impact your relationships with your close friends and family. Hiring a wedding planner can help alleviate a lot of that stress because they will take care of everything for you.
Although your wedding planner is not a lawyer, they’ll come in handy when you have to sign vendor contracts. Sometimes, these documents can be difficult to read. They’ll make sure you know what you’re getting into so you don’t have any surprise fees. They also understand the legal aspects to certain venues – for example, beaches have many specific laws and regulations. If you’re planning a beach wedding, a wedding planner may be helpful in understanding what you can and cannot do for your wedding.
Another benefit to hiring a wedding planner is that they’ll save you a lot of time. Couples that don’t work with a planner can spend 200-300 hours planning their wedding (about 8-12 full days). By hiring a wedding planner, you can cut that time in half, freeing you up to live the rest of your life – working, playing, and watching Netflix with your partner. If you and your future spouse work full time, a wedding planner will be incredibly helpful for you. A wedding planner is also especially helpful if you’re planning a wedding on a time crunch – they can work to make your wedding happen on time.
Wedding planners are also great because they have knowledge of current wedding trends and design ideas. They can help make your vision of your dream wedding come to life and bring concepts to the table that you hadn’t even thought of before. They also are very helpful for someone who isn’t as creative and needs the assistance to create a beautiful wedding.
Wedding planners can get expensive, but they can also help you save money. They’ve planned dozens of weddings before, so they know some tricks to cut costs. They also will know the best ways to save money. The connections that wedding planners have with vendors can also help you save money. Your wedding planner will likely have worked with the same vendors before and can get you a discount.
The Cons of Hiring a Wedding Planner
Weddings are already expensive on their own, and many couples look for ways to cut costs. The different services that a wedding planner provides will add up quickly. You should expect to add about $5,000-$10,000 to your wedding budget if you want to hire a planner.
Sometimes, hiring a wedding planner means that you can lose some creative control. When someone else is in charge of the little details, you may lose some control of the creative aspects of your wedding. This isn’t usually a problem because a good wedding planner will work to create your dream wedding, but it’s something to consider. Another reason you may want to skip the wedding planner is that some venues already come with prepackaged services, making a planner pretty unnecessary.
Again, your personality type may be a reason to skip the planner. If you’re a Type A bride or groom, you may feel more at ease being in control of all of the little details yourself.
Planning a wedding is a special and unique experience. Hiring a wedding planner can make your big day run smoother and lift some of the stress off of you so you can enjoy the actual event – but at a cost. Whether you decide to spend the extra money for this convenience or not, remember that a wedding is supposed to be a celebration of love – and the happiest day of your lives.