Post # 1
Hey girls, I just wanted to get your opinions on wedding planners. I would consider myself an organized person, and I have many ideas about what I want my wedding to look like… However I would really like someone to be there for me who is “in” the business professionally. I really don’t know if what I am imagining in my head is possible or will even look nice! The planners I have researched are priced at upwards of $4,000, so I want to make sure it’s the right decision to hire one.
Did you use a wedding planner? If yes, how was your experience and was it worth the money? If not, did you think that using a wedding planner would have made your wedding planning and wedding day experience that much easier?
Thanks for the advice!
Post # 3
We are using a day of coordinator only. I’m fine doing all the planning by myself, but the day of the wedding, I want someone else in control, who will make sure everything is set up, greet the vendors, and keep an eye on timelines! I didn’t want to delegate a family member (guest) to have to do these tasks. This way, everyone can enjoy the reception without having to work.
FWIW, I live in a very expensive area, and a DOC runs about $1500.
Post # 4
I think it depends on your venue, how many you invite, etc. I’m having a small simple wedding, and I think a planner would have put too many fabulous ideas in my head and I would have wanted it ALL, thus sending me to the poorhouse. My venue also has a coordinator, and bridal attendants, included, so that helps calm any fears. They’ll be setting up the show. I hope it all works out!
Post # 5
Use a Day of Coordinator who also does planning. They will be able to coordinate your orders from certain places, recommend cheaper places to rent (mine is saving us hundreds on ours). They also typically have 10% discounts at places which they manage the order for for splitting the discount; so like if your linen rental is $1,000 you would pay the company $900 and give your planner $50 and she would handle all the dealings with that company so the exact linens you want magically show up!
The other pro is that you’ll be able to enjoy your wedding day without a single worry. I’m SO excited to have my DOC, she’s also become a friend so I’m very glad she’ll be at my wedding managing it.
Post # 6
I hired a day of coordinator. She helped me find good vendors, created floor plans, and is doing all the set up onbthe day of. I didn’t need a planner because, like you, I was really organized and able to do 95 percent of it on my own.