Many couples never even consider hiring a wedding planner, not realizing that having outside help can save you time, aggravation, and even money. Here's an easy checklist to find out if you need a wedding planner:
__ You're way behind on your checklist and schedule.
__ You both work full-time jobs that will prevent you from meeting with vendors on weekdays
__ You don't have other outside help such as an involved mother-of-the-bride, helpful bridesmaids, or knowledgeable friends
__ You don't know many people who can give you reliable vendor recommendations
__ You are having a destination wedding
__ There are personality conflicts between the couple, their parents, and/or other people
__ You're excited to be married, but just thinking about wedding planning fills you with dread
__ You're having a very short engagement
__ You can envision your wedding, you have no idea how to make your dreams come true
__ You can't even envision your wedding
__ You're feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and generally wishing that you had decided to elope.
__ Even after you've read the *ahem* excellent advice here at About.com's wedding website
, you still wish that you had someone to give you advice and leadership.
If you've checked off one or more of the above options, you should at least investigate hiring a wedding planner. Of course, if you're looking to save money
, this may be an expense that you can avoid. But keep in mind that because of inside connections and experience that allows them to avoid common mistakes
, hiring a wedding planner might be the most cost-effective move in the end.
Read about what wedding planners do
, and consider the cost of wedding planners
, and see if you should hire some outside help.