Q: I’m recently engaged and now I’m ready to start planning my wedding. I can’t wait to be married, but I’m starting to feel overwhelmed already. Is this a sign that I should hire a wedding planner?
My simple answer is yes, you should. Hiring a wedding planner at almost any stage of the wedding planning process is a good idea, but having a professional with you from the beginning will make a world of difference for your wedding and your planning experience. You’ll have someone with you at every step to make sure you have all the information you need to make the right decisions for you and your fiancé. This is even more true for destination weddings, but that is a topic for another day.
So, let’s get the elephant out of the room to start. Yes, I am a wedding planner, so perhaps you’re thinking “of course she’s going to say I should hire one”. You are right, this is what I do. But I can say from first-hand experience as a bride that you want a wedding planner. Even though I am a professional wedding planner, I hired one for my wedding because they just make the entire process so much easier.
This is your wedding day, and you want to enjoy both the day and the engagement period. The wedding planning process is emotional and can be very overwhelming and having someone else to carry the load and responsibility frees up your brain, your time and your life to focus on enjoying the moment.
No one ever regrets hiring a wedding planner (unless you are one of the few unfortunate souls who didn’t hire a true professional), but couples always regret not hiring one. But, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked to couples who didn’t hire a planner and wish they had in hindsight. There are many things wedding planners do for you (check out my past Wedding Planner Series for more info), but one of the biggest is giving you peace of mind. With all the time, money and effort you invest into this celebration, it’s worth it to have someone looking out for you and taking care of you.
But, let’s be honest, not everyone can afford a wedding planner. Depending on your budget, you may not have the funds for a wedding planner. Keep in mind that if you can’t hire a planner for the entire process, you should consider partial planning or day of coordination services. If you understand your strengths and weaknesses, you can hire a wedding planner for the parts that you are uncomfortable with or stressed out about. It’s still worth it to hire someone at almost any stage of your planning and I can promise you that hiring a wedding planner will be the best decision you’ll make for your wedding.
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