Most people have heard of wedding planners but not everyone knows exactly what they do. A wedding or event planner could be your best friend, taking care of all the small details for you.
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In general, wedding planners are hired in the very beginning stages of planning to assist you. Many of them plan the whole event, leaving the bride to deal with other matters, such as enjoying being engaged or avoiding being stressed for months on end in order to have the perfect wedding.
Your planner will handle all the details, finding all your vendors and get the best contracts that they can. They already know who the best vendors are as they deal with them all the time. They know the best places to get married or where a good place to hold a reception is as well as places and vendors to avoid. Even though hiring a wedding professional is an added expense they do add a lot of options to planning your wedding.
They can save you a ton of time. With a hired professional you can relax more than most upcoming brides as you are paying someone else to do all the research and handle all the vendors. Many planners can find cheaper rates or discounts. Some wedding vendors will charge wedding planners less than the general public because they want repeat business.
Wedding or event planners are also nice to have as you can have someone else handle all the details, give you advice as well as an unbiased professional opinion. Finally, if you are planning to have a destination wedding, a wedding planner is almost a must as it is far more difficult to plan an out of town wedding than it does when you can go to every site and meet every wedding vendor in person.
The biggest reason to avoid hiring a planner is the potential price. Fees vary of course, some planners charge flat fees which are usually in the $2-5,000 range while many charge a percentage of the cost of the wedding, usually 10-15%. Another reason you may not want one is because you do not want to allow someone else plan your wedding, it is after all a day you have been dreaming about for your entire life and it should be perfect. You may have a planner which does not see your vision or share your ideas on what your wedding should be like. Many brides also do not want to feel like they are losing control of their own wedding.