You've got your budget all worked out and chosen your dress, now what? If you're anything like me, when you were looking at the budgeting forms on Wedding Wire and/or The Knot you took the opportunity to check out some of their other planning tools and checklists. Now you're looking at a stack of lists that tell you what all you have to make decisions about and timelines on when you're supposed make those decisions. Looking at all these things you have to do before your wedding date can be a bit overwhelming.
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.
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.
Happy wedding planning!
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