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Wedding Planning: Do You Really Need a Professional?

Without a doubt, whether you are the bride or the groom, a wedding day is a tremendous personal event in life. As with any special family occasion, newly engaged couples are swamped with suggestions on where to get everything they need for the ceremony and reception.

One of the first things to do is to set a realistic budget for all of the things that you want to do.  Setting the date and ordering invitations is just the beginning. You will also need to think about the  marriage ceremony location,  the officiant, the attendants, the wedding rings, the music and flowers, and of course the honeymoon. How much money you have to spend on all of these things is the first consideration. The time it will take to accomplish all of the tasks associated with them is the second.

Because there is a lot of passion associated with getting married, for many people the thought of hiring a professional for this occasion may not come to mind, but in many cases this could save couples a lot of anxiety and frustration.

If you both have the type of schedules that will allow you to meet with vendors during business hours, that's great, but let's face it, the wedding industry is huge and there are many vendors competing for your business, so hiring a professional wedding planner might be the best way to get what you want and stick to your wedding budget, regardless of the amount.

The two of you are in love, and this is your dream day, but please, do bear in mind that for the vendors you will meet in the process of planning your wedding, this is 'strictly business with a smile' and you may 'get taken to the cleaners' because of the stars in your eyes.

Hiring a wedding planner can work in your best interests because they have a handle on where the best deals are for many of the things on your list--in keeping with your budget. And because this is their profession, they can negotiate for you, saving you some stress.

If you feel you could benefit from the professional advice of a wedding planner, be sure to interview them and measure your level of comfort with their personality and the breadth of their experience.