You may have always dreamed of what your wedding day would be like. But once you get engaged, and start actually planning it, there are times it can feel more nightmare than fantasy. That’s because along with all the fun decisions – like what flowers to get, or what jewelry to wear – there are seemingly endless tedious choices to be made, like what time your bridesmaids need to get their hair done, or when the caterers need to have the reception hall cleared. While there are ample resources available online to help with the wedding planning process, it can still be overwhelming at times, trying to plan such a big day. So, while not every bride needs to hire a wedding planner, most can certainly benefit from their expertise, connections, and professionalism. Here are a few questions to ask yourself if you’re unsure whether you need a wedding planner or not.
How Much Help Do You Really Need?
- Do you want to focus on the fun stuff, but feel bored by minute details?
- Are there parts of planning that are stressing you out?
- Is the stress of planning causing tension between you and your fiancé?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may prefer the ease of letting a planner handle arranging the big stuff, so you can focus on what matters to you, like building a firm foundation with your soon-to-be-groom, and incorporating unique and personal touches into your wedding day.
- Do you have adequate help from friends and family?
- Do you work well with others?
- Do you want to be super involved in planning details?
If you answered no to these questions, you might also find yourself in need of a wedding planner. Most planners have spent years building relationships with other vendors, which can help make your day go off without a hitch.
And asking a professional to take control of the planning can keep the burden from falling to family members or friends, who might feel overwhelmed at the prospect of taking on planning responsibilities.
What Else to Consider?
A few other things to consider are how much time you have to plan, and how much of that you can commit to planning. In theory, the longer the engagement, the more time you could work to plan your own wedding. But some brides are simply uninterested in the planning process, or find they’re otherwise occupied (trying to graduate, looking to purchase a home, working towards a promotion, etc.).
If you’re okay with handing over the reigns on some or even most decisions, a wedding planner could certainly help you stay focused on other big decisions you need to make, like what wedding venue to choose or whether your second cousins get invitations.