So your significant other has popped the question – congratulations! Now comes the exciting (and sometimes stressful) process of planning your wedding. Many people go it alone when it comes to wedding planning, immersing themselves in the world of Pinterest boards and bridal magazines until the big day. Others prefer to pass over the planning duties to a professional, bringing in a wedding or events planner to make sure everything runs smoothly.
But how do you know which option to take? How do you know whether you need a wedding planner, or whether you can go it alone? Just answer these few questions…
What type of wedding do you want?
This is an important question, and should cut straight to the heart of whether you need assistance in the form of a wedding planner. If you want a small, relaxed wedding with laid-back venues and just a few quests, then it’s likely you’ll be able to handle it yourself. But if you want all-out luxury and glamour, with hundreds of guests and lots of vendors and suppliers to communicate with, you might need to call in the professionals.
How much free time do you have?
If you work full-time, organizing a wedding can be tricky. Many suppliers and vendors will be working the same hours as you – so organizing a sweet table or a photographer can be tough outside of working hours. You’ll need to spend a lot of your free time outside of work liaising with suppliers and getting everything organised. On the flip side, if you work part-time, own your own business or enjoy the benefits of working from home, you’ll likely have plenty of time to roll up your sleeves and get planning.
How involved will your fiancé be?
At Sweet My Day, we hate to revert to stereotypes, but it’s true: most partners enjoy a more hands-off approach to the wedding! Of course, there are some out there who want to be equally involved, helping to select room decorations and sort out the table plan – we salute you! If your fiancé is one of the former – someone who prefers to let you handle things – you might consider bringing in some help.
What is your budget?
This will play into your decision to hire a wedding planner more than you realise – but it’s worth thinking the choice through. Many people think that their tight budget might prevent them from hiring someone to plan their wedding. In reality, a good wedding planner will be able to spot a good price from a supplier, and may even be able to negotiate better rates based on loyalty. It may seem like an unnecessary investment, but a wedding planner could actually help you get better value for your money!
When is the wedding?
If your wedding is still two years away, you have plenty of time to get things organised. But if your dream venue was only available in six weeks, you might need a professional to pull things together in that short time period.