You've been dreaming about your wedding ever since you can remember, and now that you're engaged, you're excited to start the planning process. But planning a wedding isn't all fun and games -- there's a lot to do to prepare for your big day! If you're feeling overwhelmed, consider hiring a wedding planner.
A wedding planner is a professional consultant who will help you with most (if not all) of the tasks involved in planning your wedding. From vendors, accessories, etiquette and even the smallest of details, this expert has the skills and contacts necessary to make your day come together seamlessly. Not to mention that hiring a wedding planner will help you enjoy the planning process more by taking stress out of the equation!
Is a wedding planner right for you? If you fit into one of these five categories of brides, then the answer might be yes.
5: You're Just Too Busy
Do you have a job that requires a lot of your time? Or do you just have a lot on your plate in general? A wedding planner will help you schedule meetings with vendors (or even attend the meetings for you!), pick out linens and invitations, and take care of the other tasks that you just don't have time for.
Since wedding planners are professionals, they know the industry much better than the average person. With that in mind, they know exactly where to go to get the services and products that you want, which will cut down on the time you spend searching for what you like.
4: Your Wedding Is Out of Town
Hiring a wedding planner is a great idea for brides who are having an out of town wedding, whether it's in a different city or country. If you're miles or time zones away from the location, it'll be helpful to hire someone who's familiar with the area as well as local vendors and venues.
Not only will a wedding planner help you get more bang for your buck, he or she will also be able to represent you at meetings with your vendors before the big day. A planner who has knowledge of the area is also handy for helping organize all of the details you'll need to cover for your guests, such as hotel accommodations, welcome baskets, maps and directions, and a list of fun things for them to do during their downtime.
3: You Have a Small Budget
Trying to plan a wedding on a small budget? Although it seems like hiring a wedding planner is counterintuitive, it will actually help you save money in the long run.
Your wedding planner will work with you to set a budget and then help you stick to it, stretching your dollar as far as it will go. Not a big fan of monogrammed napkins but can't do without an ice sculpture as the buffet centerpiece? By understanding what's important to you, a wedding planner can also help you determine what items can be cut from the budget so you can afford to get what you want. Because most wedding planners have special relationships with vendors, they won't just get you the best deal in town -- they'll also help you rest easy knowing you're working with reliable companies.
If you can't afford to hire a planner to help you during the entire process, it's acceptable to bring one in halfway through your planning period or even just on your wedding day. This way, you can still benefit from the services of a wedding planner without the total expense.
2: You're Just Not That Into It
So, your best friend spent days picking out the perfect shade of Tiffany blue for the fondant on the wedding cake. And your sister interviewed six seamstresses before choosing one to alter her wedding dress. But you just aren't the kind of girl who's excited about hopping from store to store picking out party favors and centerpieces.
That's OK! A wedding planner is sure to take the things off your hands that you're not interested in doing yourself. Your planner will get to know your tastes so the wedding is tailored around your personality from the start.
It's your planner's job to take care of as many details as you want, and since you're paying for the service, take advantage of having the professional help.
The key is to have fun while organizing your wedding, so have a planner take care of the dirty work so you can enjoy your engagement.
1: You Get Easily Stressed
Does the thought of planning a wedding stress you out? Sure, there are a lot of details and things to think about, but planning a wedding should be fun! Having a wedding planner can ease the stress that you may feel during the planning process. A wedding planner will help you keep a timeline, stick to your budget and do the heavy-lifting so you can spend your time at hair and makeup trials or clinking champagne glasses at wedding showers.
Especially on the actual wedding day, it's convenient to have someone on hand to fix any issues that come up (and there are bound to be a few!). You shouldn't have to worry about sewing a button on the groom's tux or finding your grandmother's corsage -- you should be having the time of your life! After all, planning your wedding (and enjoying it) is the No. 1 priority on your to-do list.
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