When deciding whether you need a wedding planner or not, you should first look inwards at you and your partner as people, and the support you have around you. It is an extra cost, but it can be an investment worth having. Ask yourself these questions to see if this sways your mind.
1. Do You have Helpful Bridesmaids or Groomsmen?
If you are considering going without a wedding planner, ask yourself this. Will your friends step up if you need the support? Because if you are doing it alone, you will certainly need some kind of helping hand.
Imagine this… you are just about to walk down the aisle, but you are not sure if the string quartet you hired are ready to play? Who is going to check? You won’t be able to do it as you might get seen! These little details seem small but they will have a big impact on how you feel on your wedding day.
2. Does Your Venue Have a Coordinator Already?
If you’ve struck gold, your venue coordinator might be able to help manage everything for you. Most of the time however, their help only really stretches to matters relating to the venue. Before discarding the option to outsource a wedding planner, it’s important to consider how helpful they will be on the lead up to, and on the day of your wedding.
If you are bringing in a lot of outside vendors then it would be wise to get some additional assistance who will ensure these details are managed.
No venue coordinator or wedding coordinator? Then 100% yes! Get a wedding planner. DIY weddings are becoming more popular. Although they might seem appealing to do it yourself, when you take into consideration the preparation, the management and the aftermath of the wedding day, you will soon realise a wedding planner is something you should have invested in so you can fully enjoy your wedding day.
3. Do You Know Exactly What You Want?
If you are indecisive or don’t know what you want, it can be really challenging to make decisions. A wedding planner can help put things into perspective so you can make the right choices.
Perhaps you hadn’t realised that your budget photo booth supplier you booked won’t be able to set up until after your guests arrive? Whereas if you considered an a more expensive photo booth, they might have included an additional 2 hours on site to catch those people as they arrive? Wedding planners know what you look out for and can help save you time and money in the long run.
4. Do You Enjoy Managing Finances?
Managing the budget is often the least favourite task of wedding planning but arguably one of the most important. You need to be able to forecast where you will spend your money and be able to keep note of all the deposits, final payments and cancellation charges.
It’s so easy to loose track and you don’t want to be in a scenario where you haven’t got any budget left to alter your dress? If finance isn’t your thing, then definitely seek the help of a wedding planner.
5. Are You Organised?
Ideally you need to be someone who is organised, but laid back when it comes to a change of plan. On the other hand, being organised doesn’t necessarily mean you know what you are doing.
There are key things to look out for when planning a wedding. Things that you would only know if you have organised a wedding before which is often not the case. A wedding planner’s experience is so valuable. They fundamentally can help to ensure a seamless day by foreseeing problems before they occur and reacting with solutions in a proactive way.
6. Are You Naturally Quite Calm & Collected?
You may only get married once, so the pressure is on to nail it first time. It’s very easy to get worked up, especially if you have meddling friends and family that drive you crazy.
Staying calm and collected on the inside (not just on the outside) is a great trait to have if you want to ditch the wedding planner. Organising your wedding should be fun and exciting, not filled with dread and anxiety. If you find that you get stressed or overwhelmed easily, or you just don’t want the hassle, a wedding planner is definitely for you!
Seeking the help of a wedding planner will help you feel more in control of your wedding day. It means you get to focus on the best bits while your wedding planner manages the more mundane tasks. As you are spending a considerable amount of money on a wedding, it would seem sensible to invest in a wedding planner to help put your worries aside.
Other than the additional cost, what stops you from wanting to book a wedding planner? Is it the option for you to pick and choose your own vendors? That’s ok! Wedding planners can tailor their service to suit your needs, so don’t be afraid to let them know your concerns.
At Kept Weddings I’d love to hear about your concerns and provide the support you need on your wedding day. Visit my services page to understand the different wedding planning options available, or get in touch if you have more of a bespoke request.