Trying to plan a wedding on a small budget? Although it seems like hiring a wedding planner is counterintuitive, it will actually help you save money in the long run.
Your wedding planner will work with you to set a budget and then help you stick to it, stretching your dollar as far as it will go. Not a big fan of monogrammed napkins but can't do without an ice sculpture as the buffet centerpiece? By understanding what's important to you, a wedding planner can also help you determine what items can be cut from the budget so you can afford to get what you want. Because most wedding planners have special relationships with vendors, they won't just get you the best deal in town -- they'll also help you rest easy knowing you're working with reliable companies.
If you can't afford to hire a planner to help you during the entire process, it's acceptable to bring one in halfway through your planning period or even just on your wedding day. This way, you can still benefit from the services of a wedding planner without the total expense.