Planning a wedding can be stressful, but it can also provide couples with an opportunity to work together toward a common goal and create special memories. Managing the details of the wedding along with the expectations and demands of family can be overwhelming if the couple doesn’t have the skills to effectively handle the pressure. This is when a wedding planner can provide relief. There are pros and cons to hiring a wedding planner, but it is up to the couple to make a decision based on their unique situation and budget.
Wedding Planner Services
Wedding planners provide a myriad of event planning services from selecting and booking venues to ordering flowers to overseeing the wedding day festivities. They can be hired strictly as consultants to provide advice to a well-organized couple or plan the entire event, including negotiating contracts with vendors to save the couple money and monitoring all expenditures to keep the wedding on budget. It’s up to the couple to decide how involved they want the wedding planner to be based on their level of organizational skills, time available to devote to planning the activities for their wedding and what they can afford.
The fees for hiring a professional can vary. Wedding planners charge clients either an hourly rate or a flat fee for their time, such as charging an amount equal to a percentage of the wedding budget. Their fees range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, which depends on the services purchased and the popularity and experience of the wedding planner. Couples should consider the pros and cons of hiring a wedding planner and do their research to ensure they select the right person for their wedding.
Before Hiring a Wedding Planner
Hiring a wedding planner can be a blessing, or it can be a curse. If the couple has done their due diligence in the form of verifying the wedding planner’s credentials and speaking with former clients, they most likely have a good idea of what to expect from the person they hired. However, what looks good on paper may not translate into reality. The wrong professional could create even more tension and stress. It’s important to vet wedding planners before contracting with one.
What to Look for in a Wedding Planner
When considering a wedding planner, one factor that will benefit clients is the planner’s ability to successfully navigate through the sea of challenges created by demanding and difficult family members, bridesmaids and other interested parties to ensure a stress-free experience for the couple. If the wedding planner doesn’t appear to be willing or able to do so, the couple should look elsewhere.
Wedding planners should have a vast network of reliable vendors with whom they have worked previously and they should be able to obtain better pricing than the couple could get on their own. If the wedding planner does, it’s possible that the savings could offset the fees paid for their services, which makes it a worthwhile investment.
If the couple has the time, energy and resourcefulness to do the planning themselves, they don’t need hired help. Enlisting the assistance of family and friends is an option, but that could quickly become confusing and tense with competing opinions and demands from parents or other family members. In this situation, the right wedding planner can eliminate that pressure.
Another demanding situation is when the wedding is at a destination that requires long-distance planning. If the couple feels confident that they can handle all the arrangements by phone and email, then there is no need to hire a wedding planner. Conversely, if they believe they aren’t up to the challenge, a wedding planner can be a valuable asset.
Hiring a wedding planner is a big decision that should be made early in the planning process. Since the fees can be significant, the couple will have to determine what they will give up in order to pay the professional fees, and weigh this against the benefits the planner can provide. A wedding planner’s experience will help create an amazing event. However, the couple may do it themselves and successfully plan the wedding of their dreams.