(Closed) WEDDING PLANNER

posted 5 years ago in Money
  • poll: Wedding Planner- $2000
    TOO EXPENSIVE and a waste of money : (14 votes)
    18 %
    Damn good price go for it! : (19 votes)
    24 %
    planner is NOT necessary : (15 votes)
    19 %
    planner IS DEFINATELY a good investment : (31 votes)
    39 %
  • Post # 3
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    944 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I’m only doing DOC but $2K isn’t bad, I’ve seen $8-10K here in DC/MD/VA.

    Post # 4
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    3472 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    How big of a wedding are you thinking? As an event planner, I can tell you that (depending on size and what you’re looking for) that’s really not all that bad of a price.  And it’s definitely worth it! I AM a wedding planner, and I still hired one for my own wedding! 

    Post # 6
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    948 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I say go for it. A good wedding planner can pay for themselves with the discounts they receive through their connections. The can also save you a lot of time and frustration. 

    They will also keep track of all contracts and coordinate all vendors so you can relax in the months, weeks, days and hours leading up to your event. 

    Post # 7
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    10454 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    For me I’m super type A and I could not hand the reins to anyone else. I love the planning so why would I pay someone to do it for me?

    Post # 8
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    246 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’ve heard good things about the discounts they can arrange and the stress it can take off you. If you’re having a big-budget wedding, it certainly sounds like a great idea.

    That said, I would never hire one personally. It still seems like a lot of money to me. My entire wedding cost about $3500 with a LOT of DIY, and I don’t think most planners even do that sort of wedding!

    Post # 9
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    9614 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2019

    I don’t want a wedding planner, but I am also type A and love being in control, and love planning!

    Post # 10
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    37 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Originally I did not hire a planner and planned all of the major parts of the wedding myself (venue, photographer, videographer and DJ). 2 months ago I was so swamped at work and had little to no time to even THINK about my wedding and decided that I needed to hire a planner. I am only a month away from the wedding and I am so glad that I did! She has been able to take a lot of stress off of me and is even helping me with some of the DIY things that I want in the wedding. I am very happy with my decision and would suggest to anyone to strongly consider getting one especially if you work full time because it will save you a lot of time and stress. It’s nice to just hand someone a list of “to dos” and know that they have to do it because you’re paying them!

     

    Post # 12
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    1018 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    i voted that its not necessary if your budget is tight– i did not use one for cost purposes and the day turned out perfectly. However if the budget were there, it would have helped take a good amount of the coordination stress from me– especially when keeping up with the vendors calls toward the big day–

    Post # 13
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    664 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Go for it! My planner is costing about 5 times that.

    Post # 15
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    2965 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I would say check and make sure your taste matches with hers. I made the mistake of hiring a wedding planner who thinks more inside the box whereas I’m more of the offbeat bride. She is sweet and we can’t get our money back so… 🙁 I would have been happier if I would have just gotten a DOC. Plus she is not in our area which makes it harder for us because she is unaware of the resources we have here.

    Post # 16
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    So I never post responses to anything I see on here, but I just had to respond to you.

    My mother was convinced we NEEDED a planner. Just after I got engaged, she became overwhelmed and convinced she couldn’t plan my wedding without one.

    Fast-forward 6 months, and she’s regretting hiring one. Or at least hiring the one we have. What I’ve learned is that a full-on planner is great if you have a vision but don’t know how to implement it, or don’t have a vision at all. A planner can come in and select your venue, negotiate your contract, pick your dress, etc. HOWEVER- if you already know what you want, they’re kind of pointless.

    What I’ve learned is that planners have relationships with specific vendors, AND WILL ONLY GET YOU DEALS FROM THOSE VENDORS. I had already booked my venue, whom she didn’t have a relationship with, so our planner didn’t save us any money there. All the caterers she had agreements with were not ones I liked or ones that were in my budget. So she didn’t save us any money on our caterer. She didn’t help me choose a dress. To date, all she has done is arrange a hotel room block. My mom has been doing all the work.

    Bottom line, unless you use/like the vendors they have connections with, you won’t save a dime by spending $2k on a planner. And frequently the vendors they work with are expensive – with a budget of $20k or less, I doubt a planner would be able to save you any money (just being honest, my budget is about the same so I know what you’re dealing with).

    The only caveat is that my planner will take care of all of the day of activites, which I’m grateful for. Other than that, while she was paid to be a full-service wedding planner, she hasn’t lived up to it. I don’t want the hassle of canceling the contract, so I’ll keep her for the day of my wedding. But don’t be fooled by planners or other people who assure you that they’ll save you money.

    Maybe ask your potential planner who they have connections with and research from there? If they know vendors you really love, it could be worth it. But be cautious….

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