Should You Hire a Planner for Your Wedding?

Planning Notebook

The title says it all — should you hire a planner for your wedding? Planning a wedding can be a fun and creative process, but it can quickly become a nightmare. Managing vendors, organizing timelines, and establishing budgets are all part of the process. Don’t know if hiring a planner is the right way to go? Does it make sense to spend money to have someone else plan your wedding for you? Let’s find out! Here are some reasons you might want to hire a wedding planner.

1. You Don’t Have Time

This one might sound obvious, but this is one of the biggest reasons you might hire an event planner. Time is of the essence, and if your schedule is already packed from when you wake up to when you go to sleep, planning a wedding (or any event) is just going to take away from other important tasks. When you plan a wedding, you need to talk to vendors, you need to visit venues…all during working hours. A planner can help you keep your time while still planning everything exactly how you’d want it.

2. You Don’t Know How

If you don’t know how to change the oil in your car, you go to a mechanic. If you don’t know how to plan a wedding, where do you go? That’s right, straight to a planner. If you don’t know where to start, what vendors to hire, what to keep in mind when planning the wedding ceremony, reception, or any other events, you need to hire a planner. Planners are professional “wedding mechanics.” They will take your ideas and turn them into reality — planners are great artists as well. They can take your vision and execute it to the full extent. If you don’t have a vision, a planner can provide ideas. Planners make sure that you don’t forget any detail, no matter how big or small. If you don’t know how to plan a wedding, you should definitely be looking to hire a planner.

3. You‘re On a Budget

Not everyone has the freedom of an unlimited budget. In fact, almost everyone has a number, whether large or small. Costs increase very quickly when planning a wedding — there are a number of vendors you have to deal with (and pay!). For example, you can have the venue, caterer, DJ, entertainment, and decor vendors to deal with when looking at just the reception. And this is the bare minimum — this doesn’t account for any other vendors you’d need for special extras. A planner can help you keep track of your budget and reel you in when you’re going over your number. It can be difficult to tell yourself to stop spending, but a planner can do that for you. A planner can also get you great deals with many of the vendors they have built relationships with. A planner provides much more business than a single couple does, and vendors know that. Vendors routinely give discounts to planners, and you can definitely take advantage of that.

4. You Don’t Have Anyone to Coordinate Your Wedding Day

Everything is all set for your big day — except you don't have anyone to coordinate your big day. You can’t be the one running around making sure all of the vendors are setup. With everything you have scheduled for yourself, you can’t be the one in charge of solving problems when they come up. Is it possible? Sure. But if you want to enjoy your wedding, you should delegate. This position can be taken up by someone you trust. They have to be willing to make tough calls when (not if) things go wrong. If you don’t have anyone willing to take on this task, however, you should hire a planner. A planner can do everything listed above — coordinate, make sure everything is going to plan, ensure vendors are doing what they’re supposed to, and make tough calls when things go wrong. When you hire a planner, they take on all of the stress and let you and your guests enjoy the day.

And there you have it. Hopefully after reading this, you have a better idea of whether or not you need to hire a planner for your next event!