Sometimes, planning a wedding can be difficult to arrange, and a wedding planner can be helpful in these situations. If you and your fiance find yourselves too busy with work, and with little or no time at all, to take care of the necessary details of the ceremony and reception, then a consultant would be a great idea for you. Especially, if you are thinking of having a destination wedding on a far away state or country that you know very little about, these professionals, can ease the tension and headache of organizing the whole event for you.
Wedding planners are a terrific asset to have when you're planning the details of your ceremony and reception. They can brainstorm ideas and fix sticky situations when it comes to the breakdown of financial responsibilities with the groom's and bride's respective families. This is especially true, when the bride's parents are no longer married to each other and aren't in amicable terms. The wedding planner can then speak to the parents and try to divide and negotiate the financial responsibility in equal parts between them, this is an enormous help in an otherwise very uncomfortable situation indeed!
They can also help you to stay on schedule and remain within your set forth budget. You could hire a wedding planner to stay with you through the whole process, from choosing the ceremony site until the final guest leaves the reception hall, or just to help at key moments: an advice session or two before you begin to make your plans or someone to come in only on the wedding day to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
However, like everything else in life, the extra help comes at a price, most wedding planners charge between 10 and 15% of the total wedding budget or a flat fee for their service. To help you in determining if this is right for you, I'm going to list the pros and cons of hiring this professional.
Through the years, they have built relationships with the best vendors and they may be able to negotiate some great deals for you.
If you're planning long distance, they can handle the details to help you minimize trips to the location.
On the actual wedding day, they can deal with any unexpected hiccups so that you, can simply relax and enjoy your day, how cool is that?
Are you a little disorganized? The wedding planner can help you to keep on track with your to-dos and all necessary payment schedules.
If your family is a little less than perfect, maybe your parents are divorced or your mom is overbearing etc. the consultant can run interference and alleviate some of the associated stress and tension in these scenarios.
If you're really short on money, their fees will take another bite out of your overall wedding budget.
If you are a detailed and a hands-on type of person, you might have trouble giving up control.
If you feel that you and your wedding planner have little in common in terms of style and personality, then working with him or her might be frustrating at times. My advice, when you first interview them, see if you feel comfortable and relaxed with them. Do they really listen to what you have to say and provide suggestions and solutions based on what YOU are asking for? If not, it's time to find someone else for the job!
Many consultants have long-standing relationships with their vendors, and some may not be as open minded to trying out new talent.
The bottom line is, you need to carefully weigh the pros and cons to hiring a wedding planner and decide if it's right for you. Personally, I feel that if you are going to have an intimate wedding with only a few guests invited, then hiring this professional isn't necessary, you can simply use the information that I provide on this site for your intended needs.
However, if you are planning to marry in another city, have uncomfortable family issues or are under a lot of time constraints, and you simply don't have the time to make the necessary ceremony and receptions plans, then this is definitely an option for you to consider and a worth while one at best.