When to hire a wedding planner

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When you first get into the thick of pre-wedding planning – that period where you’re just browsing but aren’t yet ready to get serious – it’s possible that you’ll get a bit frazzled realizing just how many details you need to think through. It’s at this point that that age-old question emerges: “Should I really do this on my own, or should I hire someone?” Though a wedding planner isn’t for everyone, here are some situations in which hiring an excellent organizer can be a great idea:

You’re having a large wedding
Having a long guest list and an extremely formal affair likely warrants the involvement of a wedding planner. Some brides feel that there are simply too many details to manage on their own. If you are having a simple, intimate wedding, you probably won’t need a wedding planner and wouldn’t be able to justify the expense for something you can do on your own or with a little help from friends and family.

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty

You’re easily stressed, have an intense job, or just don’t enjoy planning
Maybe you want to have a big affair but aren’t necessarily interested in handling all of the details. You could rely on the general expertise and decision-making and bargaining skills of a person who actually enjoys scheduling cake tastings and covering every minute detail. That leave you free to make decisions that are fun for you and add a personal touch to your wedding, like designing custom coasters for the reception bar or picking out favors for your personalized goodie bags.

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Ashley Ray Photography

You’re having a destination wedding
You’ll need a planner who is located in (and thus has connections to) your area. If you can’t visit the locale before your wedding, this is an especially good idea.

Floridian Weddings

Floridian Weddings

If you’re on a strict budget
Believe it or not, wedding organizers can even reduce the costs of a wedding. Many of them have connections to local vendors and can negotiate discounts that you couldn’t get on your own. Additionally, wedding planners can help you stick to your budget – after all, their job depends on it.

Paula O'Hara

Paula O’Hara

Rather than having someone be in charge of the entire planning process from the beginning to the big day, many brides opt instead for a wedding coordinator, who either works with the bride a few weeks before the wedding or is chiefly in charge of orchestrating the wedding day events and making sure things run smoothly. There are so many different options that you’re sure to find the perfect one for you and your big day.

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