This is the point where you're asking yourself, Can I afford to hire a wedding planner? Take a deep breath, hold it for a few seconds, let it out slowly. Feeling a little more relaxed? Good. Let's look at the positives and negatives of hiring a wedding planner.
- You tell the wedding planner what you want and let them deal with all of the pesky little details.
- Professional wedding planners, especially ones that have been in business for awhile, often have other wedding vendors they've worked with that offer discounts to the planner;s clients.
- A wedding planner already knows what needs to be done and can make that feeling of being overwhelmed by lists go away.
- You get professional advice from someone who knows the industry and what the current trends are for weddings.
- You have someone in your corner when the inevitable Jerry Springer family moments happen.
- Hiring a wedding planner can be expensive and might mean that you won't be able to afford everything you want.
- You could find that having a stranger help you plan the day you've been dreaming of since you were a small child makes you uncomfortable.
- No matter how great the planner you hire is, she 's not psychic and can't see the exact idea of what you're envisioning in your head. There could end up being a few things that aren't quite what you wanted.
Once you decide to at least interview a couple of wedding planners, be sure to have a list of questions that you want to ask. There are several questions lists online that you can Google. Here's a link to one that I found at Here Comes The Guide. Wherever you find your question list, make sure that everything you want to know is covered. If it isn't, add more questions to your list so you don't forget any that you want to ask.
On the other hand, if you decide against hiring a wedding planner, go to a bookstore and look through the books they have to help you plan your wedding. There are books of lists, binders that include pockets that you can put in samples and contracts; you can find what works for you, as simple or as complicated as you want. I suggest that you find one that includes lists of questions to ask various vendors.
Either way you go, with an actual wedding planner or a notebook with checklists, this will help ease your stress while planning your wedding. You'll have a guide to help you make decisions and hire vendors.
To help with that, I have a giveaway to the first person that comments on this article with their name and wedding date. It's a book called The Bride's Essential Book of Lists: Things To Do & Questions to Ask.