Do You Really Need a Wedding Planner?
The thought of planning your own wedding can be fun and exciting at first. But when you get a closer glimpse of how much time, money and sweat goes into it, you realise that the process could turn out to be a blooming nightmare if things go wrong. Wedding planning is an extremely challenging task as it involves coordination with a lot of people and taking care of different kinds of arrangements. So, instead of putting yourself through the enormous stress of dealing with things you’ve never handled before, you could hire experts known as “wedding planners” to deal with everything. If you finally decide to, it is practical to hire a professional wedding planner to make your big day work like magic.
Before you make a decision, let’s introduce to you the two sides of a coin - Heads and Tails
Heads is the mind of a DIY wedding planning supporter who thinks planning your own wedding is the way to go.
While Tails is the mind of a wedding planner supporter who argues that hiring an expert to plan a wedding makes life easy.
Find out whose side are you on.
DIY vs. Wedding Planner
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Heads: When you plan your own wedding, things are less complicated as you know your own preferences and can set things right even at the last minute. A wedding planner can try to meet your expectations yet never get it right.
Tails: In today’s times, everyone is busy. Planning your own wedding requires a lot of time, patience and well, smartness too, since you’ll be interacting with too many vendors to get the best quotes. Seriously, who has the time for all that? Having someone professional taking care of it assures you that your big day will be absolutely perfecto!
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Heads: Wedding planners are an expensive affair. When you are already spending lakhs, an additional 5-10% of the overall cost as their fee is quite a pinch on the pocket. Instead, having family and friends involved in the planning process can make things fun and easy for all, plus help save our energy.
Tails: Wedding planners have pre-existing contacts with venues and vendors; this could work in your favour to get cheaper deals. With their involvement, you could save up a lot more than your estimated wedding expenditures as they know how to get things done cheaply and in the best possible manner. So, stressing over a wedding planner‘s payment is baseless as you will end up saving much more than their fee. And when you’re already spending a generous amount to set things right, why not spend a little more to make it absolutely flawless (minus the effort and stress)?
What about Personalization?
Heads: Sometimes, wedding planners make you finalise things you don’t want. They know how to get their way around things, so you might not even realise when they stick you up with carnations instead of orchids for the décor. The whole point of having something customised is to bring out your individuality, which gets lost with a wedding planner. When you plan your own wedding, you have your personal stamp on every element.
Tails: Wedding planners have a set schedule to ensure all the parts of your wedding are covered. If you’re a person who just goes with the flow, then there is no reason why a planner should in any way disrupt your wedding. The reason they stick you up with varied choices or their preferences is to either keep you within your budget, save more or make sure it’s a wedding that your guests remember for a lifetime. If you need to compromise on certain things, it’s indeed in your good, better and best interest.
Do Fresh Ideas Come Along with the Package?
Heads: Established wedding planners, who have handled many weddings, tend to propose old ideas to you. They’ve seen and managed numerous weddings, and the concepts they offer are nothing but slight modifications of other weddings they’ve arranged. Planning your own wedding gives you the liberty to try out things that are out-of-the-box. It also gives you the surety that your wedding is not a copy or a modified version of another function.
Tails: Planning numerous weddings gives planners an insight and in-depth knowledge of what works and what doesn’t in the market. You’ll be headed in the right direction by hiring them and making informed decisions when it comes to trying out something new. And who said they’re not open to out-of-the-box ideas? You could always discuss your preferences; you never know they might have suggestions that can completely blow your mind.
Do Wedding Planners Force Decisions?
Heads: Wedding planners have their set way of working with clients. They also tend to convince you to use their suppliers whether or not you’re comfortable hiring them. Their expertise and strong opinions can, in a way, overshadow your requirements.
Tails: It is not mandatory to have your wedding planner decide every little element of your wedding. You can choose from a full-service wedding planner or a day-of coordinator to do the job. The whole point of hiring a planner is to make it your day without stressing over anything.
Who Can Plan the Wedding Better – You or Them?
Heads: Planning well in advance is the way to go. Delegating responsibilities to your friends and family (with their consent and commitment, of course) makes things run smoothly on the big day.
Tails: Along with you, your friends and family too are there to enjoy your big day. Why make them run around to check on things, when you can have a planner do all the running for you? Fretting about the schedule or ensuring the food is served on time is the last thing you’d want to do on your big day. Let the experts handle everything; while you simply enjoy the greatest day of your life.
The questions are endless, and the debate can go on. Let us know which way would you go; we’d love to hear from you.