It’s undeniable that for most couples planning a wedding is a stressful time. Exciting as the whole experience is from proposal to honeymoon, the inbetweens have often been known to cause more than a few tiffs. But is handing the reins over to a professional really for you?
Of course the main reason many don’t opt for a third party in planning their shindig is the cost, commission on top of paying for all those little details like table settings and flowers is a big ask. But even if money is no object, I’m not convinced it’s the route to go.
Were I planning my own wedding, I’d want to keep it as personal to myself, my husband and my family as possible, and I can’t help but feel that a professional planner might take away from that aspect. Imagine turning up to your reception having never seen the seating plan or paid close attention to your menu. On a day when you have every right to expect flawlessness (not accounting for Acts of God), the more high maintenance bride might be easily faltered by a minute speck of different taste.
But what’s to be said in favour of opting for a planner? If you’re dreaming of a big white wedding with all the frills, wedding planners know where to go and who to talk to. And if you choose right you may be able to be fully involved with what you see as being the most important decisions, and leave the rest to the pros. I imagine this approach would be great for couples with demanding jobs or perhaps a bride who doesn’t place too much sway on the little things where her wedding’s concerned. After all, it’s about the loving couple, not the knives and forks, isn’t it?
Personally, I think it all comes down to who you’re working with. If you’re choosing to use one of many wedding planners it all boils down to picking someone you think is like minded, and has your best interests as number one priority. If you can’t find him or her, then perhaps scouring sources yourself is the best option for you to walk up the aisle with a huge grin and a weight off your shoulders.