On of the gals in my book club is planning a wedding in another state, and last night we were chatting about wedding planners. She had gotten frustrated and overwhelmed planning her big day from afar, so after much contention from her husband-to-be, they hired someone to help handle all the details.
Most of us agreed right away that the money spent toward a wedding planner would be well worth it in her situation. But, how do you feel about hiring one when you’re getting hitched in your own county?
There’s a huge push for brides to be ultra DIY these days, and as much as I love that, I also think it’s a little unfair. Many elements of our wedding were done by us, but during the course of our engagement, I had three 6-week chunks of time off from school/work/life where I was able to turn the wedding into my full time job. (I also had a ton of help from my mom!) Had that not been the case, planning my wedding would have been nearly impossible without a wedding planner of some kind.
Planners have relationships with vendors that can save you a lot of time searching on Yelp or asking other brides for their opinions. They have enough experience to guide you through the timeline of your reception so that guests don’t get bored and you don’t feel too rushed. They take a lot of the stress out of planning your wedding, but I can see how they could take some of the fun out of it, too.
Since our wedding was held at my parents house, we hired a day-of coordinator. She didn’t plan the wedding, but she made all of the little details run smoothly on the big day. I’m SO glad we had her— she was a huge help, but all of the decisions were still up to Travis and me.
I really don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to plan your wedding— there are pros and cons to doing everything yourself versus hiring some help. But I’m dying to know what you would choose!
How do you feel about hiring a wedding planner? Would you feel nervous turning over the decision-making to a third party? Would you feel relieved?! Do you consider yourself a DIY bride? Share your thoughts in the comments!