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Lots of brides and grooms would like to plan their own weddings and skip using a professional planner of any kind, but that's not just practical sometimes. If you answer "no" to any of these 10 questions, you should probably be interviewing wedding planners before you start making any plans.
1. Can you take calls during the day at work, meet with vendors, and discuss wedding details from the office?
Most of your vendors keep normal business hours and you will have to make time for them during the day or take days off from work to get all your planning done.
2. Do you already know where you're getting married?
If it's your hometown and you're getting married at your own country club, it's a totally different ball of wax than getting married someplace new to you.
3. Have your friends and family volunteered to help with the wedding planning?
If they're more likely to beg off when push comes to shove and you need their help, don't count on them from the beginning.
4. Are you usually a very punctual person who writes and follows schedules well?
If not, you need a planner who will keep the trains running on time for you during the planning and on the big day.
5. Do you get teased about being very organized?
Planning a wedding takes a crazy amount of detail-oriented organization, from the invitations to the seating charts. Not to mention schedules, contracts, and everything else that comes with the main event.
6. Is party planning fun for you?
Generally speaking, if you dread entertaining, you shouldn't be trying to plan your wedding because it won't be fun for you or the guests.
7. Are you deadline-oriented?
If not, you could lose vendors and thousands of dollars by not getting all your payments and numbers information submitted by deadline.
8. Will your fiancé be helping with the plans?
When one partner is totally immersed and the other one actually resents the time being spent, it can cause some pre-marital rifts that are totally avoidable if you hire somebody else to do the heavy lifting.
9. Do you grasp the overall concept?
If you don't understand how to read a catering contract or a hotel's banquet event order, and you're not sure who you're supposed to tip, you need to hire somebody who gets it to make life easier.
10. Do you have one specific bossy friend who will take the reins on your wedding day?
She can't be in the wedding party because she's the one sending everybody down the aisle in the right order, and checking the cake and the flowers. If you don't have a friend who can go through the planning process with you enough to be the ringmaster on your wedding day, you should consider hiring a wedding planner.
Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007.