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Should I Hire A Wedding Planner? Where Is JLO When You Need Her!
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Deciding whether or not you should hire a wedding planner is a somewhat difficult decision to make. For some brides it almost feels like the white flag of surrender to hire out the details to a total stranger. For some family members it might seem like a slap in the face that you did not turn to them for help. But remember, this is your wedding day that you are planning, not just a Sunday picnic lunch, so you want everything to run as smoothly as possible. And there are times when a total stranger is actually preferable to your friends and family. Ask yourself these questions when trying to make this decision:

1. Do I really have the time and/or the patience to make lists, time-lines and countless phone calls?

2. Do I really know what goes into making a flawless wedding ceremony?

3. Will I fall to pieces if the band cancels and the caterer dies?

4. Would I choke the life out of my friend or family member if they messed up a detail?

5. Am I a good negotiator or do I just accept what professionals tell me without hesitation?

6. Would it make my life that much simpler if someone else handled some if not all of the details for me?

Consider your answers to the questions. You know what your skills and limitations are. Be realistic. Allow the bridesmaid to help you with choosing a gown, but let the planner figure out the seating charts. Make sure that your mother has input on flowers and such, but the planner should be talking to the band, etc.

Hire someone who has knowledge and skills beyond what you do and then let them do their job. Nothing is more frustrating than having someone over your shoulder and second guessing you when you are trying to do the job you are being paid to do.

If you do hire a planner, ask for a written layout of what they will be providing as a service, their fees and the timeline for arrangements. Also, make sure that you know how often you will get updates and contact from your planner, which should also be spelled out in the written contract. If you would prefer daily contact, make sure that you indicate that.

Finally, make sure that you have recourse for a total disaster which may include full refund of your fee plus reimbursement for any additional expenses that you incur. Again, make sure that this is all in writing as well. Let the planner do the job, it is your job to be a beautiful, glowing bride.

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