January 1 2020 | Planning Tips

Ask yourself these five questions.

There’s a blog out there that will tell you everything you need to know about planning your own wedding – from making the centerpieces you found on Pinterest to the releasing of the doves. Still, for busy brides who don’t have time to blog crawl, a professional wedding planner is worth every penny – especially if you’re considering a destination wedding in New Orleans and need “boots on the ground” in the French Quarter and beyond. Here are five questions to ask yourself.

1. Can I make and take calls during the day from vendors?        

Unless you work for yourself or have a sympathetic boss, taking numerous calls during the day from caterers, bakers, musicians, printers and so forth could get tricky. Why not let a planner do all the back-and-forthing for you? Most planners are willing to gather the information you seek and get your feedback after hours or on weekends when it’s more convenient.

2. Can I depend on my fiancé, family and friends to help?

If you can divvy up the duties, you may not need a wedding planner. If, on the other hand, this is your show, a wedding planner may be a necessity. Remember: the goal is to enjoy the wedding planning process, not end up resenting everyone around you and wishing you’d just eloped. Hire a planner if you need one.

3. Is this something I’m going to enjoy?

Are you an organized person who prides herself on paying attention to detail? Or is being a little scattered part of your charm? Be honest with yourself. If the little voice inside your head is saying you probably don’t want to go this alone, listen! Hire someone to cross your t’s and dot your I’s, and you’ll be a lot happier – so much so you’ll want to skip (not walk) down the aisle.

4. How well do I really know New Orleans?

If you’ve never been or have only been to NOLA a few times, you might benefit from a local wedding planner who knows who has the most romantic French Quarter courtyards, where to take pics in City Park, and who makes the best mini muffulettas and second line umbrellas in town. While you may still need to come down once before the wedding to approve things, a good planner can cut down on the need for multiple trips.

5. And don’t forget, there’s always the team at weddingsinneworleans.com.

As locals, we’re happy to share what we know. Give us a call or shoot us an email if any New Orleans-specific questions come up while planning your wedding. We’re here to make your Big Easy wedding easy.

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