According to one of my favourite people “Preston Bailey” the answer is YES! You DO!
Preston recently posted this article in his blog and i just HAD to share it with you.
“Let me ask you this: do you need a doctor to deliver your baby? Or would you prefer doing it yourself? Okay, that is a bit of an exaggeration but you get what I’m saying…
If you are giving a small, intimate party, have lots of time and you enjoy entertaining then no, you do not need a planner. However, having a large event (at times) is similar to producing a play or show and this requires time and experience to produce.
I have interviewed more than one client who has mentioned that hotel or location managers often insist they don’t need a planner–well, these folks are wrong. There is a lot that happens before the day of the event that needs to be managed.”
Read his complete article: http://www.prestonbailey.com/2010/04/frequently-asked-questions-do-i-really-need-a-planner-for-my-event/