Hiring a wedding planner can be a tricky business when it comes to how much time and work you have got left. Wedding planners are not just people who will clear all the mess you make. Instead, they are professional consultants who will make sure everything goes according to plan. If your wedding is local, then a wedding planner may not get too involved with the proceedings and you can do most of the work yourself.
On the other hand, a wedding planner will have more influence when it comes to destination weddings. But that doesn’t mean hiring a wedding planner will limit your control over the wedding. Instead, with a wedding planner, you get professional assistance on what and what not to do.
Before discussing the best time to hire a wedding planner, let us overview the three types of people that hire us:
- Couples that know they need a wedding planner before planning.
- Couples that make some phone calls with no luck, and then decide to get professional help.
- Couples that tried planning their wedding on their own only to realize that the pressure is getting to them and decide to get professional assistance.
The chances of messing things up increase significantly as you go from type 1 to type 3. But that’s what wedding planners are for; to clear the mess and make everything right.
Ideally, you should hire a wedding planner from six months to 18 months before the wedding to make all the process smooth. A wedding planner will bring something new to the table, like what shipments you need, what type of theme your wedding should have, the decorations, and all the small details that can complete the biggest day of your life. This will also give you ample time to discuss your needs and wants for the wedding and see where ends meet.
That is not to say that hiring a wedding planner just six weeks before the wedding is a bad idea. However, doing so will only result in a wedding that is held to meet the formalities, and not your aspirations.