How much did you spend on a wedding planner… and what all did that include?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 4
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953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Definitely worth it. We went with full service so they worked with us for over a year. in the end it was about $7000 or so and the amount of time it saved us was priceless 

plus, I wasn’t really into the whole planning part. I really just wanted to throw a great party and get married (of course)

Post # 5
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642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I hired someone to help me with the last few months because I had a long engagement (2+ years) and really wanted to get into all the planning myself, but didn’t want to deal with anything in the month or so leading up to my wedding.

I believe my planner was around $2500 – but she does an “a la carte” approach where the absolute basic package (where she steps in about 3-4 weeks before the wedding and handles timing and coordination and all that) is $1500. Then you can add services from there – design assistance, vendor selection assistance, bridal portrait coordination, basically whatever you can imagine.

I spoke to a bunch of planners where the “day of” package was INSANE – like I’m talking anywhere from $3000 – $8000, which was outside of what I wanted to spend (I wanted to keep it around $2500, so I was happy to find the girl I’m working with).

I am so glad that I hired this girl to help out with what I did (basic package plus florist assistance, design assistance, and bridal portrait assistance) because she’s been so great at keeping me on track as well as helping me manage my mother with some of the vendor meetings (my mom can sometimes be a little bossy and my planner is GREAT at sidetracking her and getting her to drop things and move on – and my mom hasn’t even once noticed that was what was happening at the time!). My wedding is coming up in a few months, so I can’t speak to that experience yet, but I’m so thrilled that she’s going to be there and make sure that everything runs according to schedule! I definitely think that having a planner is worth it! Even if it’s not the full service from engagement to wedding!

Good luck!

Post # 6
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594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My wedding planner was worth the $2500 she charges. She helped with everything from locating and negotiating with vendors to being there the day of keep everything on schedule. She saved us a lot of money in terms of the vendors, for example our venue normally charges $600 for the ceremony room rental and she talked them down to $300. She also helped Me with little things like the favors. i took her complete package, however she offers different services if you only need someone for the day of or just the pre wedding day planning. 

Post # 7
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1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@futurearmybee:  Our is $1,600, I think, my mom paid so I’m not positive. We only chose a month of help package so she finalizes details with our vendors, does our timeline, all set up, helps at the rehearsal, stays at the wedding the whole time to keep things on track, etc. I think for the piece of mind on the day it is going to be worth it.

Post # 8
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545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@futurearmybee:  We didn’t need a full-service planner since it was pretty easy for us to find a venue and all the vendors. So we hired a day of coordinator for $1200. It included 4 pre-wedding planning meetings, her running our rehearsal, set-up/clean-up on the day of with six of her staff (this was CRUCIAL because we had a non-traditional venue with really limited setup/cleanup time windows), organizing all vendor related logistics (like where the DJ could plug in, how the catering will load in all their stuff), general mangagement of the timeline for the entire day starting from my hair appointment to locking the doors of the venue at the end of the night and transporting cards/gifts to our house for us. She had excellent relationships with the people from the venue and the major vendors which definitely contributed to our wedding running so smoothly. 

I honestly didn’t have to worry about a single thing on our wedding day. Our DOC took care every detail, which allowed DH and I to focus on celebrating together and with our guests. 

Post # 9
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922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I didn’t get a full planner, I just couldn’t justify the expense. But I did hire someone for a DOC. She will work up to 15 hours on my wedding day and make sure everything goes smoothly, and only costing me $500. That is well worth the stress relief. 

Also, she’s helped me a little to find vendors, and she does have good connections, but they are far beyond my price range. If you area budget bride, it may be better to just find your own deals. 

Post # 10
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1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I didn’t get a full-on wedding planner, as I was able to do all the stuff on my own.  I did get a DOC for my day.   They took care of all of my DIY venue decorations (transporting, setup, cleanup, etc), and provided additional help and assistance as the day started and wore on.   It was $1500 for like 12 hours of help.   Absolutely essential for my day.  However she didn’t help with any coordinating vendors or anything, and I really didn’t use her for any planning stuff.   

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