How much spare time do you have in your week?
Is your job super demanding? How much of your social life are you willing to sacrifice? Do you volunteer your time to more than one cause each week?
The answers to these questions will give you a good idea for how much time you realistically have to plan a wedding solo. If you are working more than 40 hours a week, like seeing your friends more than twice a month, and are a kind hearted volunteer it may be worth investigating a wedding planner.
Alternatively, if you and your partner are time rich it’s worth having a go organising your big day sans planner. It will be a great way for you to learn more about each other as you spend nights looking at Pinterest, reading reviews, and tasting cake.
Do you have previous events experience?
This is a big one. Any event has a lot of moving parts but when you are looking at multiple venues – prep, photos, ceremony, reception – and are going to be hosting 100 people plus, the check list can be pretty out of this world.
Events professionals are trained to stay on top of things no matter what comes their way. If you are an event pro, plan your big day! I think you would struggle handing over the reins any ways!
If you don’t have event experience, asking for professional help is never a bad idea. This could come in the form of a friend or family member that is events savvy or by hiring a planner.
What is your budget?
This is what it will all come down to ultimately. Can you afford to ask for professional help?
If you are having a small budget wedding, even if your weeks are already busy and you may not have events experience, you will have to jump in the deep end and give it a go.
Like every other part of your wedding, you will need to weigh up the cost for the convenience offered by the service. While a wedding planner will make your big day a breeze, it is a luxury that not every couple can afford.
If your budget is looking too tight to accommodate a wedding planner here are a couple of tips for going it on your own:
- Set the date AT LEAST a year from the engagement. A year will fly by. You already have each other and no one is going anywhere, no need to rush and suffer the stress of doing so.
- Ask for advice from friends and family. These people are there for you and will be more than willing to offer their expertise to help make your day special.
- Create a concise vision. If you can clearly define what you want it will save so much time when liaising with all of the contractors. Having a separate Pinterest category for décor, food, dress, etc. will help you put together a clear vision of what you are looking for which always saves time.