Today we came across a great article and just had to share. Julie Hinton of Forevermore Events, a full-service wedding and party planning company based in Utah, authored a clever piece in the Spectrum Newspaper about why you should...and shouldn't...hire a professional wedding planner. Enjoy!
Here's when you wouldn't hire a wedding planner...
In these economical times, we are all trying to cut back. This concept even applies towards your special day. Weddings that used to be lavish events are now turning to simplistic trends.
One thing still rings true: whether you are trying to conserve or splurge, there is a long list of to-dos before you can say, "I do." These lists can sometimes feel endless and take away from the excitement during your engagement. This is where a wedding planner eases the pressure.
Is a wedding planner right for you, your budget and your overall event?
Do not hire a wedding planner if you want to spend more money. You heard me right; you can save money with a wedding planner. In the past, planners have been perceived for only indulgent couples with money to spare. This is not the case these days.
Wedding planners are becoming affordable and can even get you discounts and special rates by consulting through them. Wedding professionals build up relationships with each other and will sometimes give benefits for referring them.
On multiple occasions I have seen free services thrown in by a vendor or a price even deducted in half because they went through a wedding planner.
Planners can also help you get more bang for your buck. They know how to cut back on certain expenses to make your event look like a splurge even though you might be on a tight budget.
Another reason you would not hire a wedding planner is if you can be in two places at once. Brides have a large role. That is, of course, being the bride. On a wedding day, it is not uncommon to have a 16-hour work day, a mop in one hand and an iron in the other.
The last thing a bride needs to do is to be steaming linen or polishing silverware before she is about to walk down the middle aisle.
Finally, don't hire a wedding planner if you already spend eight or more hours a day reading, writing, researching and dreaming about weddings.
Wedding planners are professionals that obsess over weddings, daydream about weddings and are always scheming new trends for weddings. They are full-time wedding gurus that have been doing this for years, not just for a few months of engagement.
By tapping into their skills and involving them from the beginning of your initial planning, you will be amazed at the creations that will come to surface, giving you the wedding you did not even know was in your reach, without breaking the bank.
Courtesy of Julie Hinton, Forevermore Events and The Spectrum Newspaper