Written by Intern Dianna Colontonio 2016 

So the time has finally come. He asked, and you said yes. Congratulations! Now it is time to plan the wedding of your dreams, and you have to pretend like you haven’t already been planning it for months now. When considering whether to hire a wedding planner, always keep in mind that of course weddings are fun, but they require a LOT of work. Skip the pressure of doing it all yourself by hiring an expert to assist you and make your vision into a reality. You can do all the research you want on venues, floral arrangements, decor, etc., but a professional will narrow your search by helping you figure out specifically what you are looking for in each of these aspects. The following is all you need to know about hiring a wedding planner, whether it be full service, a consultant, or a day-of planner.
Before you marry the love of your life, be ready to commit to another serious relationship during the upcoming months of your wedding. Yes, I am referring to the relationship with your wedding planner. As a bride, you will be working very closely with this person for a long period of time, so don’t bother being shy. When interviewing possible wedding planners, take notes about their personality. They might have a great portfolio, but is this someone you can really see yourself getting along with? If not, consider hiring them as a consultant that you can go to if you need any questions answered or a little bit of help here and there. That way, you don’t have to spend all of your time with someone you can’t stand, and you don’t have to spend as much money! It’s a win-win situation.
If you’re the type of person who already has a Pinterest board filled with wedding inspiration, make sure you come prepared. Bring all of your ideas for every aspect of the wedding you can think of, and try to find examples of each in magazines or online. If you’re the type who needs a bit of help in terms of your creativity, let the planner know you are open to new ideas, but be honest with your opinions about any suggestions they might have. Their job is to be involved in the creative process, so don’t worry if you aren’t sure of what you want. After laying out all of your ideas, it is your turn to ask the questions. What is his or her vision? Is all or any of this possible? What can they do to turn these dreams of yours into a reality? How will they get all of this done? A true expert should be able to form an idea about what they think you want for your wedding.
If you get frustrated, remember why you hired them. Did they tell you the floral arrangements you wanted were way out of your budget? Take a deep breath, and relax. They’re just trying to stick with the plan you gave them and make it all possible. Instead of panicking, discuss other options that will better suit your budget. However, if you have the opposite problem and your planner isn’t sticking to the budget you gave them, definitely have a meeting and explain that there needs to be more control. You don’t have to be a bridezilla about it, but be firm. It is your wedding after all, and you are the one paying them to assist you.
If you aren’t convinced by now that you should definitely hire a wedding planner, just remember how much time, energy and money you’re going to save if you do. Sure, hiring a planner is an investment, but it is worth every penny and it isn’t difficult to budget for it. Save your money by letting a professional handle the details and day-of emergency fixes. Let yourself stay excited during the months prior to the wedding instead of being overstressed. Just find someone who understands you, shows passion in what they do, and can make your dreams come true! I’m talking about a wedding planner, but I guess those could work for your future husband too.

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