You said yes, you told the family, you changed your relationship status to “engaged,” now it’s time to start thinking about the wedding!
While wedding planning is a very exciting time, it can oftentimes become stressful and overwhelming. That’s where a wedding planner can help!
Before we get to whether or not you need a wedding planner, let’s discuss what you can expect from a wedding planner.
What do wedding planners do?
Simple answer… a lot! Wedding planners will help you decide on the look and feel of your wedding, vet through vendors, create and review vendor contracts, manage your budget, ensure deadlines are met, coordinate your schedule (we’re talking dress fittings, cake tastings and other important appointments), ensure that you have all your wedding day essentials and so much more.
A good wedding planner will live and breath your wedding from the day she/he is hired until you are waving goodbye to your wedding guests. This person will be able to ensure that everything runs smoothly and not one detail is left behind.
What does a wedding planner cost?
Clearly someone who will do so much is going to come at a cost. According to The Knot’s 2018 Real Weddings Study, the average cost of a wedding planner was $2,002. That, of course, may vary depending on the demand of the planner and the responsibilities he/she will be taking on. In most cases, a wedding planner will have a free consultation where you can discuss details and pricing.
Now that you have an idea of what a wedding planner does and how much it may cost you, let’s figure out if it will be worth the investment. Here are five questions that can help you decide if you should hire a wedding planner.
1. Do you have spare time?
Wedding planning can be time-consuming. Just think about it… researching vendors, touring venues, negotiating contracts, managing deadlines, coordinating appointments… we’re exhausted just thinking about it!
If you have a demanding job, children or other commitments that take up the majority of your time, it is probably worth bringing on a wedding planner.
2. Are you detailed-oriented?
This is a question you should ask your wedding planner, so if you don’t intend on hiring one, you need to ask yourself this question! Will you be able to keep vendors on budget, make sure deadlines are met, submit your payments on time, send out invitations and track RSVPs, make sure your wedding party is doing what they need to do and hundreds of other things that come with planning a wedding?
3. How big will your wedding be?
A wedding planner can come in handy despite the size of your wedding; however, the bigger your wedding is, the more difficult it can be to plan. With a larger guest list, you will need a larger venue, a caterer that can handle a mass order, a more involved seating chart, guest accommodations, more decorations and place settings … the list goes on and on.
If you’re electing for a simple, small wedding, you may be able to handle all of the details yourself. But, as you continue to add to wedding must-haves and your guest lists, you should consider speaking to a wedding planner.
4. How do you handle stress?
Wedding planning can be stressful! You have a lot of decisions to make, deadlines to meet, people to talk to, contracts to manage. There will be hiccups. There will be things that go wrong. Will you be able to handle the stress while remaining excited about your wedding day?
5. How much do you really know about weddings or event planning?
One of the biggest perks of a wedding planner is that they organize and execute your wedding like it’s their job… because it is!
With a wedding planner, you won’t need to spend time researching and reading reviews on every single vendor, you won’t need to call venues to see if they can accommodate your guests and wedding date, you won’t need to worry about creating contracts and meeting deadlines, and you won’t need to hunt down a contact when something goes astray. Your wedding planner will have it covered!
Plus, wedding planners have connections with many local vendors and venues and can sometimes get you deals that are only offered to wedding planners. Hey, those savings can help you pay for the wedding planner!