For those couples who are fortunate enough to have a decent amount of money to spend on a wedding, the burning question seems to ask if the value of a wedding planner is worth the extra expense.  At least that’s one of the major things people talk about on the wedding forums these days. It’s interesting to read their responses and try to figure out what the value of a wedding planner would be for your upcoming nuptials. After reading several of the forums in depth, I came away with some valuable information about who should hire a wedding planner and who should steer clear of them entirely.

According to one of the wedding planners who weighed in on this topic, every time they go on a consultation with a couple they ask the same question:  “What would the value of a wedding planner be for you in planning your wedding?”  Interestingly, the answer to this question helps them determine, right from the beginning, whether or not their services will be needed or appreciated.  They base this on the premise that says “the more you value a service, the more you understand the quality and time that goes into it.”  Generally, it is the slightly older and more established couple that really understands the value of a wedding planner.  They are busier, less likely to need everything done their way, and more likely to have the money to spend on a wedding planner’s services.

For people who have a very specific vision of their wedding day and who want to experience everything about that special day to its fullest, wedding planners can be invaluable.  They are familiar with all the last minute problems that could crop up and know exactly what to do to keep everything running smoothly.  For example, if you are planning a tent wedding and have everything planned out accordingly and then a hurricane is forecast for the big day, your coordinator will be able to pull it all together and make alternative arrangements without missing a beat.

One wedding planner I know went above and beyond for a client who had a destination wedding last summer.  His best man got on the plane and forgot to pack the groom’s wedding ring, but the wedding planner knew it had been purchased online at, so she simply ordered a new one to be delivered to the beach resort by the next morning.  Even though it was a very special ring that was hard to find elsewhere, the retailer was able to accommodate this request on short notice. When the couple came home from their honeymoon they simply returned the “missing” rings for a full refund.

When it comes to planning the details of your special day, it makes a lot of sense to have someone working behind the scenes on your behalf.  Wedding planners have great ideas you may not have considered before.  And unlike your well-intentioned family members, they never judge, feel slighted or roll their eyes at your “vision” for the day.  When you hire a wedding planner, you’re paying for peace of mind, free time and a support system that will give you the freedom to relax and enjoy the festivities. From the delivery of the centerpieces to the cutting of the cake, it’s easy to see why more and more people are starting to understand the value of a wedding planner.

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