Hiring the Right Wedding Planner for You, Part 1

A recently engaged friend of mine had to choose between two wedding planners and found she wasn’t sure how to make the selection. One cost more, kept making suggestions outside my friend’s budget but had more memorable decor ideas. The other was more organized, stuck to the budget, cost less but had less innovative design suggestions. Complicating matters further: Both women had excellent references but had websites that hadn’t been updated in a few years, offering few visuals of recent weddings they had planned.

I suspect many brides-to-be feel unsure of what to look for in a wedding planner. This seemed to me the perfect quandary for our guest blogger Yifat Oren to address.

If you’re debating whether you need a wedding planner at all, Yifat offers this to ponder:

  • The average wedding takes around 200 hours to plan.
  • Although wedding planning is becoming easier because of the vast resources online, most brides-to-be have busy lifestyles and demanding schedules and can’t find the time it takes to plan their wedding.
  • No matter what your budget is, having an experienced professional negotiate the contracts with vendors such as florists, caterers and photographers will save you time and money.
  • Hiring a wedding planner that matches your needs can lift a huge burden. The right wedding planner will creatively take your thoughts and visions and turn them into reality, all while keeping you calm and free to enjoy the day you dream about.

I give you this as food for thought, but we’ll hit the nitty-gritty tomorrow when Yifat discusses specifically what to look for in a wedding planner.

For more on this subject, check out our guide “How a Wedding Planner Can Help Any Bride.” And if you’re engaged or about to be engaged and could use $10,000 for your wedding, enter our wedding contest where Yifat serves as judge!

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