For many brides, the job of planning a wedding, from the font on the invites right up to choosing the venue is a treasured one. For others, planning a wedding can feel like the mental version of climbing Everest – a never-ending upward trek of tough decisions and difficult challenges.
The thing about wedding planners is that they can be a great help to brides in either category.
What does a wedding planner do?
Think of a wedding planner in the way that you would a hairdresser. While he or she could offer the exact same service time after time, it’s actually normal for each client to be unique. One might want a new hair colour, one might want a style for a posh event, while another might simply want a quick trim.
Similarly, a wedding planner has a huge array of skills and services on offer, and the bride and groom in question can simply pick which of these they want to employ. A wedding planner could, for example, make suggestions about venues, caterers, florists and celebrants, or they could simply help you sort out the details and be a liaison after you’ve picked your own. The wedding planner can act as a bouncing board for ideas, offering his or her own advice from someone who has seen it all and knows how realistic your ideas may be.
Many wedding planners will break their services down into two categories. Either they will be a ‘day of the event’ planner, where they ensure the logistics of the day go to plan, or they will be a ‘full service’ planner, where they manage everything from the budget and caterers from day one. It’s important that if you use a wedding planner for your big day, you decide which side of the fence you require your service to fall on.
How do you know if you need a wedding planner?
Every bride, every wedding, and every marriage is different. The easiest way to find out if a wedding planner is right for you may be to visit one for a consultation and hear about his or her services. You’ll quickly be able to gauge whether or not it sounds like it would be right for you.
Talk to friends who have got married recently to find out how they found the experience, and whether or not they wish they had employed the help of a planner, or perhaps thought they could have managed without one after all. Talk to your maid of honour and bridesmaids, and find out if they will realistically be able to help you in the planning duties or not, as many brides often find willing helpers in their own bridal party.
Think about how much time you have between getting engaged and the wedding day, both in terms of months and in terms of how busy you are with other commitments such as work. If either timeframe makes planning a wedding seem unlikely, that could be a sign that you need the shortcuts that a wedding planner offers.
Think about how enthusiastic you are about organising the details. Party planning isn’t for everyone, and if you don’t get excited at the thought of picking out a cake design, don’t feel like you should. There’s someone out there who loves those details so much that they’ve made a career out of it, so don’t be afraid to get them on board!