Someone just asked me to be their wedding planner.

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 4
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370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think this is awesome, but just be careful.   I looked into this as a career a few years ago (you and I are very much alike!) and the Association of Bridal Consultants advises that you should always carry liability insurance.  Unfortunately, even the nicest people may try to sue you if things go horribly awry on their wedding day.  It was enough to scare me out of taking a offer similar to yours.   However, if your friend is willing to sign a hold harmless agreement (get it notarized or drawn up by your lawyer if you have one) then I’d guess 1 massage per 2 hours of wedding planning might be a fair trade!  Good luck!! 

Post # 6
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251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

You sound like an awesome friend to have!

I would think it should be scaled according to how complicated/big the wedding is. I would definitely be willing to pay a DOC a few hundred. For just starting out… $400? Sort of a random estimate, but that is what I would be willing to pay personally

Post # 7
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2102 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@TwoStatesBride:  I love weddings too so I’ve been assisting friends since my own as well! I find it super fun and love the research so I know exactly where you’re coming from.

I have no idea what rates are but I would maybe write to a few and ask…?  Maybe check on yelp to see if any are in your area and have quotes on their websites?

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@TwoStatesBride:  hmmm yeah I think thats fair.  I like the math calculation because it sounds reasonable and can be defined… I think anyone would be hard pressed to find a wedding planner that would only charge $10/hr or $1000 for their services so you’re both getting a fair deal 🙂

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I would definitely have some sort of contract just to protect yourself if nothing else.  If (God forbid) something terrible goes wrong, I wouldn’t want him to blame you and then sue you.  Definitely have a contract!

As far as what you should be paid (in massages or otherwise), I’m thinking $500-1000 for someone new to the business.  How long is their engagement?  If it’s a year or more away, definitely go for $1000.  Day-of-coordinators alone make more than that.  Weddings are a big deal and a lot of responsibility!

Also, what will you do if he ends up giving you like 3 massages and then decides that’s enough?  I would consider writing the payment into the contract as well (again, for your protection).  Maybe add a clause that states the monetary value of the massages so that if he doesn’t want to pay you with massages, he will have to pay with you money.

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@TwoStatesBride:  Hmmm… so the thing is, newly established DOCs in my area (Los Angeles, mind you) run around $800 for an 8 hour wedding. But that does include initial meeting, another planning meeting and sometimes even unlimited phone call/emailing in between for the month before the wedding. Obviously, a full on wedding planning package would run much higher, but I wonder if he knows that. I only say that because wedding coordinators are rarely paid hourly- they have a flat rate. But since they DON’T have to do much research and can just go with people they know, they don’t have to put in as much work/time as you would. 

Along with breaking down the math, I’d also research how much professionals in your area charge for the same service, discount from there and see if it matches up. I don’t know what he thinks is fair, but 17 massages seems like a lot on the face of it. 

Post # 16
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251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@TwoStatesBride:  Wow, I had no idea they cost that much! I never really looked for one, but I guess when you factor in all the hours put in before the actual day, it makes a lot of sense. I like your idea of factoring cost of massages in with a $/hr rate for your help

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