Post # 1
I am having second thoughts about the wedding planner I picked for my destination wedding in Costa Rica. I think she’s great but as a self-proclaimed Type A control freak, I’m just not sure that she’s worth the cost. Perhaps my expectations are just too high!
At this point I’ve only paided an intial deposit of $300 so I could probably still get out of it without a huge expense, and my wedding isn’t until next summer so I would still have time to find another planner.
So my question is: What do people think is a reasonable price for a wedding planner? For those of you who have wedding planners what has your experience been? How often do you communicate? What kind of support does she (or he) provide? For those of you you don’t have a planner, how was planning a wedding on your own? If you could go back, would you have gotten more help from a professional?
Post # 3
Hi Miss JD,
I’m a Wedding Planner and I can tell you if you don’t feel comfortable with your wedding planner now you won’t feel comfortable with her on your wedding day. Before you decide to make a major decision by ending your contract please talk to her and let her know what some of your concerns are if you can work through them, great if not I’d split my losses and move on.
When you’re selecting a Wedding Planner it’s just as much about their personality as it is their experience and your confidence that they can execute your day seemlessly. In regards to cost I’ve seen everything from$500 for DOC to $30,000 for full coordination and design! That should tell you that we have some pretty expensive planners in the industry I think you should try to find the company that ranges between $500 and $10,000 because at the beginning they are saying we realize how much a wedding costs and we are being sensative and flexible within your budget. In regards to communication second to price this should be your next question and just a word of warning anyone who gives you an outline of how many phone conversations they can have with you is inflexible. I generally give my clients unlimited email/phone conversations (phone calls between certain hours so they know at 2am I’m sleeping and will not pick up the phone lol). Brides always chuckle when I say this but it’s true I want them to know that I’m commited to making their event amazing and I realize a lot of communication is needed.
I hope all this helps
Cheers and Best of Luck
Post # 4
Are you hiring a full on planner or a DOC? I think wedding planners charge a percentage of your total budget. If you are not comfortable with her now, you probably won’t be later. Perhaps ask her to meet you for coffee and discuss your concerns. It could be a simple communication breakdown.