10 Questions to Help Determine If You Need a Wedding Planner

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Tons of brides and grooms would like to plan their own weddings and skip using a professional planner of any kind, but that's just not 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 or Meetings With Vendors During the Workday?

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. Are Friends or Family Willing to Help Out?

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 Punctual?

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. Are You 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 of your payments, numbers, and information submitted by the 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 someone else to do the heavy lifting.

9. Are You Well-Informed?

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 someone who gets it to make life easier.

10. Do You Have a Friend Who Is a Natural-Born Leader?

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.

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