Post # 1
I am in the beginning stages of wedding planning and will probably begin to look at venues next month. It seems as if everyone has a planner if you watch any of the TV shows. I feel like I can probably plan the majority of it, but I may be under doctor’s orders to keep stress levels down. (I have the beginning of an autoimmune disorder (good chance rheumatoid arthritis) and stress can bring on flares.)
The venues that I am looking at mostly are hotels and banquet halls. I know they usually include some kind of coordination, but I am not sure to what point their help stops. I am on somewhat of a budget (trying to stay between 15k – 20k in the Chicago area) so wedding planners are somewhat out of my reach.
Do you really need a planner? The help would be awesome, but I just feel like it is just out of reach budgetwise.
If you did not have one, how did you coordinate the day and actually have fun? The industry makes it sound like you will hate yourself and the day if you don’t.
Post # 3
Ok well I’m not married yet, but I’m not having a planner. I have a pretty big typical wedding with a bunch of vendors, but I LOVE organizing things and planning. It’s right up my alley, so I never even considered a planner for a minute because for me that would take away the fun!
I haven’t really found anything crazy strenuous either, whether I enjoy that or not. Once the big things are booked you just have to decide on a timeline for the day and let the vendors know. It sounds like the venues you’re looking at are a lot simpler than somewhere you’d have to bring in EVERYTHING. In a situation like that, a planner might be a really good idea. But your wedding sounds similar to mine and I haven’t had any problems.
Post # 4
@Cluelessbride10: Not everyone needs one, but if you are really worried about keeping your stress down, maybe you can find a venue that has an on-site wedding planner/coordinator? My venue has a little package that includes things like a lakeside ceremony with white chairs, dinner for a small group, wedding cake, room for bride and groom and a few other perks…but if I need to rent things, or if I want to order flowers or anything like that, I just talk to my on site planner and she helps me figure everything out.
My package is less than $3000, and the planner just happens to be included. I really haven’t needed my planner very much, but she is great for guidance and she’s really nice and all that. I hope this helps.
Post # 5
@Pinkmoon: I was thinking the same thing to be honest. I really don’t want to deal with the chair people, linen people, etc.. I’m an obsessive planner too and like to have control. Also, my parents banned me from DIYing a lot of things (absolutely no artistic skills) due to projects in the past. I hate to say I agree On that aspect.
Post # 6
@boogiewoogies: +1. I would go with a venue that comes with a planner. I hired a planner and it was the biggest wedding regret I had. She was way more trouble and was the cause of most of my stress. If you are looking for a wedding planner, make sure she uderstands your vision and can make your wedding your way.
Post # 7
I am having a 5 month engagement, 250-300 people, and 100K budget.
I thought for SURE i would NEED a planner, but they are all so expensive!!!
So, while I interviewed several I ended getting much of it done myself.
I did end up getting a “Day of Planner” which is awesome. Her job is basically to coordinate with all my vendors and make sure that things go smoothly. I’m grateful to have her but feel like maybe I could have done it myself!
So, I guess it depends on the scale of the wedding and the time you have to dedicate to it