There is no questioning the fact that planning a wedding is exhausting. Between dealing with money issues, family drama, figuring out what you want and don't want, and making a thousand decisions while simultaneously trying to live the rest of your life, it's enough to make you want to hide under your covers. It's also enough to make you seriously consider bringing in outside help. Should you hire a wedding planner? While it may sound like a dream come true to let someone else do all of the hard work for you, hiring a wedding planner shouldn't be a quick decision. There's a lot to consider there.
For some people, a wedding planner is essentially a godsend — not everyone enjoys spending months planning large, important events. For people who want to have total control, it gets a little more tricky. The truth is, a wedding planner can probably work for any type of person out there as long as you hire someone you really click with.
If you've never thought of this potential solution before, or if you've started giving it a little bit of thought, keep reading. I've come up with a list of reasons you should or maybe shouldn't pay someone to make your wedding the most magical night of your life. Wedding planners can be great, but like so many other things in this world, they're not for everyone. Here are 12 pros and cons to seriously consider before hiring a wedding planner. First, let's go over the pros:
Pro: You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that someone else has control.
You don't have to do and worry about everything all by yourself. This is SUCH a nice feeling.
Pro: You may get introduced to ideas you would have never thought of on your own.
Not everyone is into wedding planning, and if you're one of those people, it's nice to have someone tell you about things you've never even considered that could make your wedding awesome.
Pro: Wedding planners have insider knowledge you will never have.
That could mean the difference between finding something you're OK with, and finding something you absolutely love.
Pro: They might be able to score discounts you couldn't have gotten on your own.
Who doesn't want a good deal? Wedding planners often work with places so much that they can negotiate deals and savings for you.
Pro: If something goes wrong, they have to worry about fixing it, not you.
If you're not a control freak, this is ideal.
Pro: You'll feel less stressed about your wedding.
Which makes you and your betrothed happier! Sounds amazing, right? Not so fast — let's go over the negatives:
Con: You don't have all the control.
On the one hand, it's great to relinquish control. On the other hand, it's your big day, and maybe you want to do and know everything. If you're a major control freak, don't get a wedding planner.
Con: It's yet another expense.
Wedding planners can be quite costly. If you're struggling with a budget, it may not be the best idea.
Con: Those ideas the wedding planner introduced you to? You may have never spent that money if you didn't know about them.
Some of those things she/he talks you into doing might be a little unnecessary.
Con: Your wedding may not feel as personal as it would if you planned it on your own.
It will be gorgeous, but it won't be one of those cool, DIY Pinterest-y weddings.
Con: You may end up feeling detached from the whole experience.
Since you're not actually doing everything, you might end up feeling like you missed out on wedding planning — and some people feel like that's part of the fun of throwing a wedding.
Con: It could be difficult to find someone you really connect with.
If you're a very particular person, finding someone who really gets what you want could be hard.
At the end of the day, your wedding is going to be amazing regardless of who you have help you — but if you're going to drop some serious cash on getting professional wedding help, it's good to approach the decision from every angle before choosing your next step.