How much is your sanity worth!?!?
Why hire a wedding planner? Does this sound familiar?
As you watch the costs of your wedding go up, you're looking for ways to cut costs. You may be tempted to skip the wedding planner, thinking you can do it yourself. You have a wedding plan and a rough budget – sort of. With all the how-to guides, you're sure to cover all the bases. Right?
Before you decide to ditch the wedding planner, consider the following five nothing-to-do-with-money reasons for why you should hire a wedding planner. Sometimes, the best reason to hire a wedding planner has nothing to do with money.
Your wedding is in six or nine months instead of the standard 12 to 18 months. You're going to need help. Remember you are trying to cram 18 months of work into 6. Be sure you hire a wedding planner who has experience planning weddings under a time crunch.
Everyone has someone who gets a little carried away at parties. Have you thought about who is going to keep an eye on Uncle Joe? Then, there is a seating plan. Are there members of either family that don't see eye to eye? Having a wedding planner can help with those difficult decisions and leave you free to say, "The wedding planner organized the seating." Plus, the wedding planner can be in charge of Uncle Joe!
If you or your spouse-to-be has a child, a wedding planner may be the way to go. Raising children takes time and energy. If you are working full time and have children in several activities, a wedding planner may be the only way to stay sane. How are you going to fit vendor meetings into your schedule? You don't want to be so rushed for time that you settle for quick rather than right.
Both of you are in high-stress jobs with long hours. Maybe one of you travels for work. When time is short, a wedding planner can help. Wedding planners can do the leg work and leave you to make the final decisions. No point in letting the wedding plans derail the wedding by putting your relationship at risk.
If you're planning a destination wedding, you need a destination wedding planner, especially if the destination is a foreign country. You need someone who understands the culture, its protocols, and the legalities of working with vendors. What about currency exchange? There's a lot of little details that can turn a destination wedding into a disaster.
Remember you don't have to hire a wedding planner for the whole wedding. You may be able to hire a planner by the hour, for specific tasks, or for the wedding day. Hiring a wedding planner for your big day is not just about money, although it is an important consideration. Using a wedding planner is about enjoying your day.
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