Planning a wedding can be an exhausting and time-consuming task, and there are many times when it is tempting to call in the professionals. However, is the added expense of hiring a wedding planner really worth it? Here we take a quick look at the pros and cons:
The pros of hiring a wedding planner seem fairly obvious at first. They’ll take care of all the details both in the run up to your wedding and on the big day itself, leaving you free to focus on the more enjoyable aspects of planning your wedding – not to mention mingle with guests stress-free on the day. Whether it’s liaising with caterers or sorting out the technical rider for the evening’s entertainment, a wedding planner will organise all the little details on your behalf.
They’re also fantastic to have on hand to iron out any wrinkles and deal with any unforeseeable problems that might crop up, be it a disagreement that needs mediating, a last-minute change of plan or unseasonable weather. If you’re planning a wedding for anything over 100 people, we would recommend using a wedding planner to assist with at least some of the organisation, as catering for large groups can be very stressful and complicated.
However for smaller weddings, or those on a tight budget, is a wedding planner really necessary? There are plenty of downsides to hiring a wedding planner, too – as well as the obvious financial costs, many brides will baulk at the idea of handing over control of their nuptials to a stranger. By planning your wedding yourself it’s easy to keep things simple and personal, swapping elaborate floral displays and coordinated entertainment for a more DIY ethos that’s all about spending time celebrating with those you love. In doing away with the idea of a wedding planner, couples can also keep a tighter reign on their budget – making sure there are no nasty surprises at the end of the wedding.
Still not sure whether or not a wedding planner is right for you? Why not break down exactly what needs organising for your wedding to see if it’s too big a task for you and your partner to undertake? If you suspect it might be, you can contact local wedding planners for a no-obligation quote to help you make up your mind.