It’s one of the funniest roles in a movie about weddings.

Martin Short as wedding planner Franck Eggelhoffer in “Father of the Bride.” Oh, that accent! It had us all in stitches.

Franck: Uh-oh. I bring the wrong color thread. I assumed you’d be wearing a black “tuxado.”
George (Steve Martin): It is a black “tuxado.”
Franck: I don’t think so, babe. This tux is “nuffy” blue. No doubt about it.
George: What’re you talking about? Armani doesn’t make a blue tuxedo.
Franck: Armani also doesn’t make “polyaster.”


Seriously, though, deciding whether to hire a professional wedding planner is something that nags every bride and groom.

Sure, your mom or best friends might have assumed that role. But relationships have been destroyed by far less.

This is why I urge couples to at least consider hiring a planner, if nothing more than for sanity’s sake.

A lot happens on your wedding day. And you’ll be shocked at how quickly it passes by and you’re taxing down the runway headed for Maui.

A big factor is how much money is in your budget.

Time is money today and you simply cannot ignore the fact that your sanity has a value. A very good planner should be able to help you negotiate better pricing in several areas of your budget, thus making your additional expense to have hired them little to none.

Wedding planners typically operate by one of three packages, according to

•    Consultation only. The planner won’t be at your wedding, but will teach you the skills to planning your own day, according to the website.
•    Planning preparation. In addition to consultation, the planner will help you book various services and appointments and maybe even make a wedding binder – which can save you valuable time.
•    Full wedding day package. A master of ceremonies, if you will. This planner will coordinate and direct all the events of the day, to your specifications. Kind of like your own Steven Spielberg.

So there’s a lot to consider. Most of all? Money. You want to be able to enjoy Maui, don’t you?

So, investigate your wedding planner options. What’s the harm? See what’s possible and at least consider the possibility that it will be worth your while to have help from a professional who can deal with details – so you can focus on the fun!