You’re in love, you have found that special someone, you know it in your heart. and you’re ready. Why is it then, that one of the most special days in our lives can so easily be turned into a garish nightmare? With Crazy family feuds coming to a boil, sleep deprivation sending you mad, and costs spiralling completely out of control, it’s no wonder that they say that marriage is tough.
As a wedding photographer, I’ve seen it all – and most of the problems come down to stress – you’ve planned this huge day for months and you just can’t let go. You want to micro-manage everything on the day – but you are the star attraction – it’s a recipe for chaos!
So amidst the madness, it’s only normal for someone to sit back and ask, “should they have hired a wedding planner?” There are obvious benefits of going the wedding planner route. Imagine yourself sipping champagne with your feet up whilst someone else races around picking up invitations and screaming down the phone to a venue coordinator. It seems beneficial, but are wedding planners all that they are cracked up to be? Let’s take a look at the good and the bad of wedding planner help:
The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Wedding Planner
Wedding planners can eliminate the stresses involved in planning a wedding – Not only does a professional wedding planner take all the stress out of getting your big event ready but they can also offer advice and inside industry tricks. Moreover, your wedding planner is going to be on your side, so there’s no need for messy family disagreements over bridal bouquets as your wedding planner is always going to agree with you.
With a wedding planner, you don’t have to quit your day job – Planning a wedding takes time. Let’s face it nowadays almost all couples have both members working full time. The last thing you want to have to do is start taking days off work, coming to work late or spending long nights awake planning your wedding.
For those who are terrible with money, a wedding planner is a godsend – Keeping to a strict budget is not a skill many of us have in abundance. When planning weddings ourselves, it is easy for us to spend way over our budgets before we have even picked the desert. With a wedding planner, you can provide a budget that the planner can work within, saving you money.
The Downsides of Hiring a Wedding Planner
A bad wedding planner means a bad wedding – This rings especially true for those on a tight budget. Going for a cheap low-cost wedding planner can have disastrous effects. You get what you pay for and in many cases if you want the job done right, you are going to have to do it yourself.
The only person who knows what you really want is you – Everybody has a vision of what their special day looks like and you are the only one who can truly see the final product. A wedding planner just might not be able to envisage the same dream as you, so it might be best to plan yourself.
Bring the family together – Planning a wedding can be a time that brings people together. Mothers, sisters, brothers, fathers, aunty’s, and everyone else can all chip in and help get the event underway. Hiring a wedding planner takes away that opportunity, even though for some, that might be a good thing.
So if you find yourself asking the eternal question “Should I hire a wedding planner?” understand that the only person who can really answer that is you. The most important thing is to remember whatever way you go, make sure you leave plenty of energy left over for the most important part of the wedding, the honeymoon.