Whether getting married was a joint decision made with your partner or your proposal was a pleasant surprise, the next big step you’ll be taking is setting the date for your wedding. After that comes the stage where you’ll need to put the whole event together. Should you undertake this yourself or hire someone else to do it? Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you decide whether or not you need a wedding planner:

  1. Do you love planning?

Are you someone who relishes hosting baby showers and parties and enjoys picking out decorations and menus? Then you’re well suited to planning your special day. However, if who’d rather let someone else take care over planning and have trouble making decisions, then it would be best to let a planner help.

  1. How busy are you?

Most couples choose a lead time of at least six months to plan their wedding – and some even longer than that. Will you have time over this period to organise to visit venues, taste food samples and more? Don’t forget that both you and your partner will need to have a say, so if you’re both going to be busy, a planner will be able to take care of all the organisation and shortlisting, so you all you need to do is make a decision.

  1. Do you have a dream?

If you’ve visualised your dream wedding for a while now, you’ll have very specific ideas of what you do and don’t want. On the other hand, if you’ve never considered what your wedding day would look like, you might not know where to begin. Let a wedding planner point you in the right direction if you’re unsure. If you do have your heart set on what you want, then you’ll probably end up butting heads with a wedding planner if they steer away from your ideas.

  1. Have you chosen a destination?

If you’re having a destination wedding, a wedding planner is a necessity. Whether it’s interstate or overseas, you’ll need experienced eyes and ears on the ground to make sure your plans go off as desired and to troubleshoot any issues quickly and efficiently. Flying between destinations simply isn’t practical, and unless you have close friends and family living there, you’ll need the help.

Remember that there’s no right or wrong choice between planning your wedding yourself or getting a planner to do it for you. Whatever works for your lifestyle, budget and personal needs is the right decision for you.

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