The number one reason for hiring a wedding or event planner is so that you will have time for you. This is your wedding! You only have one chance to get it right. If you try to do everything yourself, or rely on family members to do it all, you will be so caught up in the preparation, that you will miss the joy of the day. The planning experience, along with the wedding day, should be pleasant and exciting for you, not a time of exhaustion, disappointment, headaches, or regret. You’ll get that with the marriage! I’m only kidding..well partially anyway.
It would be worth foregoing the party favors, or opting for serving only beer and wine, as opposed to offering a full bar, to be able to hire a wedding consultant or planner. It will be the best investment of your entire wedding budget.