4 reasons to hire a wedding planner

4 reasons to hire a wedding planner

Brides- and grooms-to-be ramp up their searches for wedding help in spring. In the spring months of 2010, there were 972 searches for top-rated wedding planners on Angie's List. In summer, the number of searches grew by 28 percent.

From modest ceremonies to big-budget blow-outs, a wedding planner's main job is to sweat the small stuff so you and your family don't have to. If you'll be getting married and need help, consider hiring a wedding planner at least nine months to a year before the big day. Here are four reasons why it's a smart choice:

Experience — It's not every day you get married. There are a lot of details to iron out before you walk down the aisle, from getting a marriage license, hiring a photographer and picking the right venue. A wedding planner has been through the process many times before and can guide you step by step so your big day is the one you've always imagined.

Vendor relationships — Good wedding planners typically have a lineup of quality, reliable vendors they use on a regular basis. These personal relationships, along with checking reviews of these vendors on Angie's List, will give you peace of mind that the vendors you enlist to help with your wedding are top notch.

Keeping on budget — After an initial consultation with your wedding planner, he or she will map out a plan to keep the event at the price you set. The planner will find vendors to meet your price point and help with the negotiation process.

Stress reduction — Taking the leap into matrimony is a life-changing event in itself. A good wedding planner confirms all vendors are ready for your big day, plus handles the surprises, so you can enjoy this momentous occasion.

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