To Have a Wedding Planner or Not?

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The wedding planner seems to fall into three categories: 1) A wedding planner to plan the whole wedding, from start to finish ; 2) A Day of Coordinator (DOC) to deal with the minute details of the day; 3) A planner that is required by the venue.

Category 3 is obviously the most difficult because some venues tell you that they want to deal with a planner – not with you.  Find this out BEFORE you do too much planning! It would be a shame to have to hire a planner to take over after you’ve done all the legwork.  That said, there can still be two advantages to doing that legwork. First, you might be able to negotiate a lower price for the planner and second, the planner may be able to get you a better deal on the things you’ve already worked out.

As between Category 1 & 2 — it depends on what you’re looking for. Do you want someone to help you through the whole process? Negotiate the contracts and prices and ensure you’re getting a good price (though remember! you are paying the person!)? Or do you only need someone to make sure the final details work out on the day of? That things are delivered on time and correctly?

If you want to do the planning on your own, then there are a plethora of websites (including THIS ONE!) to help you with details of planning. Green Wedding Planner gives you ideas for a green wedding, ensuring that you pick eco-friendly options. My Wedding Blog has links to various topics with suggestions and ideas.  And Perfect Wedding Blog is another fabulous resource that gives you plenty of ideas and things to think about.

If you decide you want to get a coordinator, The Wedding Bee gives (from a male’s perspective) some things to look out for when selecting a coordinator (which apply to both day of and full fledged planners). For example, a good planner should be professional and personable.  He/she should be able to “hold their own” with vendors and not get trampled! And the planner should be able to CALM the two who are getting married! It’s stressful enough and the planner should definitely NOT add to that stress.

Happy Planning!

~ Natasha

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