Post # 1
I was wondering what are your thougths on hiring a wedding planner? I talked to one lady this weekend and she said that she charges $800.00 from the day you hire her until the time you leave the reception. I thought that is a good deal. SHe helps to gather your ideas, helps with vendors, pick things up if needed and helps to put your ideas into the big picture. She only requires $400 and the rest before the wedding. ( I don’t remember the time frame). Also, there are a couple of bridal shows coming up in Jan. that I’m going to. Should I wait and keep looking??
My delimia is that my man and I want to hire one, and my mom seems to think that I would be wasting my money. However, I think that it would be helpful b/c it would save my mom and I from more fights in the future. She is more a DYI and I’m not…so we’ve had several arguements on things already and mostly on things from me that’s just been IDEAS!!! I want to enjoy the time with my mom but she is driving me crazy, and in a recent fight I told her I wanted to get a planner just so we wouldn’t fight.
What do you think? Did you have one and if so why? Did you not and why not? Did you have this same problem and how did you handle it or convince your mom/family?
Post # 3
If you are paying for it and you want one, then get one.
If your mom is paying for it, then she has a say in whether it is necessary or not.
Post # 4
$800 is pretty cheap for a planner…i would just go for it.
Post # 5
I was thinking that too! She is a good deal. But I want to make sure I don’t get screwed w/the work for the price. The thing too is I am like mom said, “Spend Freviously.” But in my eyes it’s a need not so much a want.
I have many ideas and a hard time putting them all together to make it elegant. Yes I have plenty of time, but I want it to look nice.
Has anyone used or getting one themselves?
Post # 6
$800 for a full wedding planner is dirt cheap! Holy cow, makes me wonder how good she is.
But to address your actual question- If you want one and are paying for it, get one. It will save you so much time and stress and worry.
Post # 7
Do you have references for her? If those check out, I’d say go for it. I have a friend who is a planner helping me out, and its awesome.
Post # 8
Wow that is quite a deal. Check references.
I had a planner and she was amazing. Made my wedding planning stress free. If you can afford one, go for it!
Post # 9
I agree with everyone else who said to check her references. $800 is really cheap!
I do recommend hiring a planner of some sort. I just hired my DOC and she has already been helpful. I don’t want to have to worry about anything on the big day, so that’s what she is there for.
Post # 11
Having a planner is a great help! Set your communication guidelines with her…what mom should know and should not know. $800 for a promo price is a good deal, check references and feel free to get feedback from other vendors, your planner is your team leader of all vendors for the day. I am a planner in the MD/DC area and my starting prices are $999 until January 31, 2011 so the pricing is not bad. Happy Planning ~Kay
Post # 12
If you can afford it, I say go for it!
The first thing I did when starting my plans was hire a wedding planner, her cost is $1100, $600 deposit, the rest due at wedding. She does everything…everything! She has found all of my vendors, set up my initial appointments with all of them, and was there when I met with them to answer all my questions.
I’ve given her a budget to work within and she is there to tell me “you can’t afford this, don’t even think about it!” or “Hey, what about this idea?”
She is pretty much taking my “vision” and making it happen. I’m like you…I know what I want in my head but don’t know how to make it happen. Having a wedding planner has kept things stress-free..I’m not researching and interviewing different vendors..she’s doing it for me…..I’m not searching endlessly for table covers, centerpieces, ceremony decor and whatever else a bride goes crazy about! : )
They only thing I’m responsible for is wedding party attire and any DIY projects I might want to include… (invitations, seating cards, etc.)
I think $800 is a great price….I noticed a lot of people above saying that she may not be a good wedding planner based on her price…but I think it depends on where you live…if you live in NYC, then yep, she probably sucks for that price! lol
I would definitely ask her for reviews and pictures of other weddings she’s done.