Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: Do I Have the Budget For A Wedding Planner?

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events

It’s 2015 and our first Q&A of the year!  Are you excited?!  I hope so because we are definitely excited to help all you newly engaged couples with your wedding planning questions and get you on the right path.  It’s a new year, so this week we’re talking about fresh starts: I’ve been planning my wedding for a few months now and I have the venue, the caterer and our photographer secured, but with the holidays and my work schedule, I feel like I’ve fallen behind.  I didn’t think I needed a wedding planner, but I’m now considering one because I just don’t have the time and I want to make sure I don’t forget anything.  However, I didn’t budget for one, so I don’t know if I should allocate some of our funds to a wedding planner or not.  What do you think?

Well, I have to start off by saying that I am a wedding planner, so I am a bit biased on this.  Of course, I think you should hire a wedding planner because it will be so worth it in the end.  It will save you time and effort and remove the responsibility of planning the wedding off your shoulders.  You will still have to do some wedding work, but all the legwork and time-consuming stuff will be taken off your plate which will not only free you up but make you and your fiance both much happier.  Now, I could go on and on about how great having a wedding planner will be for you, but we have to remember your budget.

First, take a look at your wedding budget and see if you even have room to allocate some funds to a wedding planner.  You could either take some funds from another area or you can add some funds to your budget.  I’m not sure what your situation is or what your budget is, but you’ll need to sit down and look at your numbers and see what would be realistically possible (if anything is possible).  If you think you can either allocate some funds or are willing to put in a bit more to help your situation (or both), then I say go for it.  I think it will be worth it for you in the end and may even help you save some money with your other vendors.

However, if you are in a situation where you can’t allocate any funds or it doesn’t make sense to, then take a deep breath and look into some free timelines online to help keep you on track.  I’m sure you still have some time to get everything done, so don’t stress out.  You can get it done, you just have to focus on making decisions so that you will accomplish the tasks you need to and move on.  You don’t want to be rash, but you don’t want to dither either.  To get back on track, you’ll need to stay organized (spreadsheets are your friend), dedicate some time to working on the wedding (save a day on the weekend for wedding stuff) and push onward.  Make sure you also get some help from your fiancé.  Remember, two brains are better than one and many hands make light work.  You two are partners and if you work together and split up the responsibilities, you’ll get it done.  And even better, you’ll get it done together.

Are you struggling with a wedding planning problem?  Don’t worry, everyone has them.  But, we can help!  Send us your wedding planning question and we’ll get you an answer!

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