Should I Hire a Wedding Planner? – How to Decide

Wedding planners can be a real life saver for some couples but they’re definitely not necessary. Weddings are becoming increasingly more extravagant, so more couples are opting for some help in the wedding planning department. If you are considering getting one, take the following elements into account.

Budget

The first question you need to ask yourself if you are looking to hire a wedding planner is, “Can I afford it?” Wedding planners are not as expensive as some might think, but they definitely don’t work for free. Some wedding planners charge a set fee while others charge a percentage of your overall wedding. While you will need to put some money aside to pay for the wedding planner, they may be able to get you discounts with some vendors or venues.

Time

If you and your partner both work full time you may not have the time to plan a wedding. Some couples claim it took them around 250 hours to plan their wedding, so if you simply don’t have that amount of spare time it might be ideal to hire a wedding planner.

Location

Where are you getting married? Couples who are getting married away from home are more likely to hire a wedding planner. This is because they can’t visit local vendors or venues in person and because they don’t know who the best people to hire are. If you’re having a big wedding and you’re unable to make the odd visit to the location a wedding planner will save you a lot of hassle.

Wedding Party

Another factor you should take into consideration when you’re deciding, “Should I hire a wedding planner?”, is what kind of help you have on hand. If your wedding party is filled with bridesmaids and parents who are more than willing to help you plan your wedding, there’s no need to look for outside help. However, it is really important you don’t just assume that your bestfriend or sister is willing to help and actually ask them.

Preference

Personal preference is of course different for everybody when it comes to wedding planning. I personally wouldn’t need a wedding planner because I’d be happy to organise it all by myself, but I know my sister could think of nothing worse. Ask yourself if you’d enjoy the process and you’ll know what to do.

Here at Marry Me Ireland we have a wide variety of exceptional celebrants who can deliver the wedding ceremony of your dreams – traditional, unique or otherwise. So get in touch today and we can start planning your special day!