There are lots of expenses when it comes to planning a wedding. This is one reason why couples sit down in advance and determine what’s really important for the wedding planning process.
For some couples, that means hiring a wedding planner. For couples asking if it’s necessary to hire a wedding planner, there is no right or wrong answer. It boils down to a couple deciding what’s best for their wedding.
Here’s what is important: If you are going to hire a wedding planner, make sure you get your money’s worth. Remember, a wedding planner is a professional consultant who is hired to help you with many of the tasks associated with planning your wedding. A good wedding planner should have contacts and knowledge of certain wedding vendors.
The payment setup for wedding planners will vary. Some planners charge by the hour. Others charge a retainer up front and then give a specified amount of time for phone and in-person consultations. They may charge extra by the hour. The average wedding may take several conference calls to plan. Try to get as organized as possible before bringing in the wedding planner and have questions ready.
Every time you have a call or a meeting with the wedding planner, make notes. You can refer to those notes during future planning sessions and they may help with follow-up questions.
You don’t need to have a huge budget to hire a wedding planner. If two people are planning to walk down the aisle, but also have very schedules, a wedding planner can help organize things and come up with a strategic plan of what needs to get done and set a deadline for certain tasks.
Hiring a wedding planner can also be great if you are planning a destination wedding. You can find a wedding planner familiar with the area and the local vendors.
Make sure you are hiring a wedding planner for the right reasons. This will make the planning of your wedding a more enjoyable experience.