10 Signs That You Need A Wedding Planner

December 14, 2011 by emilyanderson
shefinds | Weddings

So, you just got engaged. Congrats! After the honeymoon stage is over, you’ll actually need to start planning this thing. If you’re having heart palpitations just reading that — you probably need a planner. Wedding planners are professionals with years of industry experience, vendor connections and an innate ability to manage all the little details that would drive us non-planner people crazy. Don’t try to be a superwoman and do this on your own.

1. You Don’t Know The Difference Between “Fondant” And “Buttercream”

And why would you? Wedding lingo is like a foreign language to most, and that’s where a planner comes in. Do yourself a favor and pay someone to know the difference between chiffon and tulle, tea roses and wild roses, and all the other mind-boggling decisions you’ll have to make.

2. You Already Have a Full-Time Job

Planning a wedding is like a part-time job – except you don’t get paid. If you’ve ever found yourself thinking “I really wanna get married, but I just don’t have the time,” this is a sure-fire sign you need a planner.

3. You’re Not An “Ideas Woman”

Do you find yourself flipping through magazines and constantly thinking “How do they come up with that?” but you have zero ideas yourself, consult a planner. If you don’t have a clue what your color scheme, theme or decor should be — it’s time to hire someone that does. Planners bring years of experience and a wealth of creativity to the table.

4. You Have Too Many Ideas

While a total lack of ideas/creativity can mean you need a planner (see above), having too many ideas and not knowing what to do with them is almost as bad. A planner helps you edit your wish-list down to something manageable. Even better? She’ll execute said wish-list.

5. You’re Not Type-A

There are a lot of gals who crave control – so of course, they go bananas with wedding planning. If you’re not one of those girls, you’d probably enjoy having a planner.

6. The Wedding Is a Month Away

You should be on the phone with a wedding planner RIGHT NOW. Do not shoulder this much responsibility, your pass the burden on to your mother (see No.9), your MOH, or anyone else.

7. You Have The Budget For It

If you can afford it, there’s no reason not to hire a planner. Because of their industry connections, most planner can even negotiate deals for you with vendors, which becomes a cost-saver in the long run. Plus, just think of all the real work you’ll get done by not planning this thing?

8. You Want To Elope, But Can’t

Wedding burn-out happens to everyone – but faster and more  than others. If a wedding really seems too fussy/stressful/time-consuming, but you feel pressured to have one by friends and family, the wedding planner is your new best friend. Spend some time with her communicating your vision for the wedding, and let her know what your tastes are as a couple – then let her her run with it. Now you can spend more time planning your honeymoon – which excites you way more anyways.

9. You Love Your Mother

Every mother-daughter relationship is tested during the wedding planning process — even for the closest, most tight-knit families. If you’d rather not quibble with your dear old mom for 6 months straight, let the planner take that role. She can be at odds with everyone from your in-laws to your future hubby, and at the end of the day nobody will take it personally.

10. You Have No Patience

This is a BIG one. It will take a boatload of patience. Trust us.

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