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There is so much that goes into planning a wedding, and an industry professional with inside knowledge of the nuptials could be just what you need to have a stress-free and and perfect big day. But hiring a wedding planner could be a large expense that eats away at your budget. Here are some tips to help you decide whether you and your future spouse should hire a professional:

Disorganization - Some people aren't good with the details. If your wedding planning checklist is looking like a jumbled mess, then you might need someone to help you get on the right track.

Busy schedule - Some brides and grooms have busy jobs and children to take care of while planning their wedding. That doesn't leave much time to follow up with vendors and schedule multiple dress fittings. But it's a wedding planner's job to be extremely organized and confirm your flowers and decorations will arrive on time.

Destination wedding - If you are having your nuptials out of town or if your wedding will take place at a tropical locale, seriously consider hiring a planner. He or she will know the local vendors and can get you great deals on everything from the flowers to the food.

Family drama - Unfortunately, some wedding days have been known to be steeped in drama. If some family members don't get along, there is an issue with the seating chart, or any other issues arise, you can ask your wedding planner to handle it. 

Should you hire a wedding planner?

You love the details - Some brides and grooms know exactly what they want for their wedding and have been planning for years. If this sounds like you, then a wedding planner may not be necessary. If you know great places to order flowers, have already scouted out a reception venue and have selected elegant wedding favors, then you're already a pro.

Small weddings - If your wedding is an intimate occasion with a few people attending, then you most likely won't need a third party to help plan the celebration.

Small budget - If you have an extra-small budget then a wedding planner isn't necessary. Be upfront with your vendors and tell them how much you can spend. Chances are, they will work their magic to offer you affordable wedding invitations and other reasonably priced goods.

Your friends are helping - Are members of your wedding party helping out in the planning process? Then you're all set. Assign everyone a task - perhaps one person should handle the flowers and another pal should take care of the food.