No matter what the size and formality you envision, however, you have probably wondered whether to hire a professional wedding planner. It is true that a wedding planner can add a great deal to the cost of the wedding, but he or she can also add tremendous value for couples who do not have the time, interest, or skills to plan their own wedding. To decide whether a planner is right for you, ask yourself these 5 questions.
1. How Much Time Do I Have, Including Weekdays?
Planning a wedding is an immense undertaking that requires you to manage the conflicting priorities of people with very different stakes in the outcome. From finessing your future mother in law to coping with difficult vendors, a wedding planner takes on many different roles, and each of these roles takes time.
Look at your schedule and be honest with yourself about the amount of time you have to dedicate to the wedding. Also remember that the majority of vendors work weekdays from 9 to 5, except when they are actively setting up for an event. If you are planning your own wedding, you will need to be able to make and receive phone calls and exchange emails during those hours.
2. How Organised Am I?
Are you the type of person who keeps meticulous spreadsheets, or are your financial records scattered in shoeboxes around the house? There are so many little details to keep track of, from payment deadlines to last-minute instructions, that wedding planning requires a tremendous amount of organisation. If you are good at updating timelines and keeping records, you might do well with planning your own wedding. If not, hiring a professional planner may be your best option.
3. Do I Enjoy Planning Parties?
In many ways, your wedding is the party of a lifetime. Some people prepare for it their entire lives, flawlessly planning and executing dinner parties, masquerade balls, and other events for fun. Others have never planned anything bigger than a birthday pub crawl with three friends. If you are, by nature, a party planner, then your wedding is just a bigger version of what you already do. If not, then your wedding might not be the best place to start.
4. Do I Have the Right Help?
Are your fiancé, parents, friends, and relatives on board to help you plan? Do you feel you can rely on them to get things done, even when they have conflicts? Even professional wedding planners usually have assistants, and they do this every day of the week. Trying to take on planning your wedding alone is a recipe for disaster.
Also consider what will happen on the day of your wedding. If you have a professional planner, he or she will take charge of the vendors, make sure everyone in the wedding party is in the right place at the right time, keep things running smoothly, and calmly deal with any emergencies that might arise. If you do not have a planner, someone needs to take on that role. You and your wedding party will be too busy and stressed out. Do you have a rock solid friend or relative (not a parent or sibling) who is always cool under pressure? That might be the right person for the job.
5. Can I See both the Big Picture and the Fine Details?
To create a successful wedding, you need both an overall vision and the ability to break it down into specific steps that will move you smoothly from point A to point B. If you often have trouble seeing the forest for the trees, or have grand ideas without the practical understanding of each element that goes into accomplishing them, then it is best to hire a professional wedding planner.
Planning your wedding is an immense undertaking, and only you know whether you have just the right combination of interests, skills, and availability to pull it off on your own. There is no right answer, only the one that works best for you.
At Betta Party Hire, we are here to help. If you desire personalised assistance, please phone us on 1300 472 793. Our dedicated wedding team (Jan and Damian) will be delighted to share our knowledge and recommendations for trusted professionals who can help you ensure that each aspect of your special day is perfect.