There are a few actual and perceived disadvantages to consider when hiring a wedding planner. These include:
It costs money to hire a wedding planner. Some of that cost can be alleviated by 10 to 20 percent in deals the planner acquires through choosing specific vendors. It is important to note that most couples who plan their own wedding tend to go over budget. Money can thus be saved with a wedding planner who knows how to stay within a budget.
Wedding planners may not be certified or have sufficient experience but be able to run a business nonetheless.
When a client knows exactly what is wanted for the wedding, it is important that this is communicated effectively and understood completely with the wedding planner. A breakdown in communication can cause different results than expected.
Some people worry that a wedding planner will take over the decision-making for the wedding. Although this is true to a point as a necessity for the job, the ultimate choices and decisions still remain with the client.
Trouble relinquishing control.
A person who has trouble giving control to another or feels the need to do everything alone may have difficulty when hiring a wedding planner. The whole point is to allow someone else to do the work. If a client is unable to do that, it is best not to hire a wedding planner.
When to Choose a Planner
A wedding planner should be hired for many reasons including:
For large weddings
When clients lead busy lifestyles
When clients are unsure what to do
To remain within a budget
When finances allow
A wedding is a special time. Delegating most of the work to a wedding planner has more benefits than disadvantages. It is not necessary to consult a wedding planner if the wedding will be very small and informal, or if the client has the reliable help of family and friends who are knowledgeable in the necessary areas to design and organize a wedding.
How to Choose a Wedding Planner
If choosing a wedding planner is the best choice for a wedding, clients need to do the following:
Choose a certified planner
Check a planner’s references
Review a wedding planner’s portfoliio
Discuss a list of vendors used
Have a good rapport and like the personality of the planner
Receive a detailed quote, whether available as a package deal or customized quote
Sign a contract containing all of the specific of the wedding development process