When it comes to planning a wedding, the bride-to-be has her hands full (even if she's hired a planner!). That's why it's typically the mother of the bride, mother of the groom, or maid of honor who's tasked with throwing the bridal shower. Although this pre-wedding event is smaller than the main affair, it's still a pretty big deal. So should the host of this party get some professional help, too? To find out if it's worth hiring a bridal shower planner, we went straight to the pros. Here, Emily Reno, owner of Weddings and Events by Emily, and Nora Sheils, owner of Bridal Bliss, offer their advice.
Consider the Details
Before you call in extra help, think about what you want the party to be like, says Reno. "I think hiring a bridal shower planner is completely dependent on how complex the party is going to be," she adds. "If you want to go all out on décor, food, and activities but don't have the time to do so, a planner can be very helpful." For Sheils, it's less about what you want the party to be like and more about what you feel you can handle on your own. "Having a planner, whether for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, or shower should help take the stress off the host and allow them to enjoy the day and celebrate the bride (or couple) to be," she explains. "We welcome any opportunity to make a party fun for everyone involved."
Think About Your Budget
If the budget is tight, Reno says enlist the help of the wedding party instead of hiring a professional. "They should be able to divide the tasks and conquer," she says. But if you have room to pay for a professional's assistance, there are some benefits to consider in the budget department, too. "As event professionals, we often know the ins and outs of a venue, not to mention which options are the perfect size for your group, have great relationships with caterers, can work with any florist to help achieve a specific look, and often help to save you money," says Sheils.
Do What Feels Right
If you're the type of person who really wants to manage everything yourself, you probably have no need for a bridal shower planner, so spend the money on something else. As for those who aren't into the organizational elements of a party? Sheils says a planner will really help. "We love a good checklist and a timeline for the day of, so if those tools aren't up your alley, a planner can handle them for you."