Many couples immediately dismiss the idea of hiring a wedding planner because it sounds expensive. At the onset, wedding planning sounds simple. In reality, however, it can be very time-consuming. Ultimately, you have to decide how much your time is worth and whether or not you have the experience and communication skills necessary to plan this event. At the very minimum, couples should consider hiring a day-of coordinator, who will allow you to focus on each other, while they take care of all of the details of dealing with vendors, supervising any decor set-up, and handling any unforeseen situations.
And for those couples interested in saving money by not hiring a wedding planner, keep in mind that hiring a wedding planner can often bring a greater value to your event. Wedding planners are great at networking and often have established vendor lists of people that they primarily work with, who might be willing to negotiate a lower price.