Wedding Planners?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
4742 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Crazeebee3:  A wedding planner, and at the very least, a Day of Coordinator, is one of the best gifts a bride can give herself (if she has the budget for it). As a wedding photogarpher, I’m 100% on board for everyone having (at least) a day of coordinator….and I’m talking a professional, not a friend or family member. 

Post # 4
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I hired a day of coordinator, but got a few “planning” sessions as well (more like consultations). I think it has totally been worth the money, just for the tips they have given me.  They know what they are doing, and have been very honest with me. They told me how much food I needed, how much alcohol, will help me with a seating chart and timeline, recommended a great DJ that was only $600. They are helping to draw a map and layout of the room, and will work with my vendors to make the day stress free. Someone has to coordinate people on the day of, and I didn’t want my family stressing about things.  

Post # 5
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I was a totally DIY bride. I had a vision of how I wanted my day to look and feel. I hired a wedding planner and I am so glad I did. She took my ideas, and turned it up 1000%. I continued to be in charge and handmade everything I wanted. She, being a professional was able to go shopping with me and used her professional vendor discounts on, craft supplies, table and chair rentals, food for catering discounts. She also put together and printed ( at discount) all paper goods, menus, table charts, escort cards, table numbers. She also handled everything the day of my wedding from set up to break down. She also handled the rehersal dinner.  I did not have to do one little thing but have the time of my life. 

I paid her $1000.00 and the best part is that I made a new friend and I am so grateful for that. 

She made my visions come true.

Post # 7
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

If you have it in your budget, yes they are helpful and a godsend. They take the research aspect mostly out of the planning. You still have to know mostly WHAT you want, and they help you get it. Also, since they plan so many weddings as long as you know what you DONT want, they are right there with a bunch of suggestions to help you figure out what you DO want.

They have relationships with the vendors and handle all of that. Just be up front with them about your budget, where you are willing to cut and where you are not. I would interview several, check references!!!, look for onine reviews, and have a list of questions ready to ask. 

Post # 7
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I wish I had hired one! our wedding is 4 1/2 months away and I am getting pretty stressed with all of the details at this point. My MOHs (I have 2) and BMs are so awesome but it’s a lot at this point putting everything all together.

Post # 8
13 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Henry Ford Museum

What a wedding planner does depends entirely on the wedding planner and what you want the wedding planner to do.  A lot of wedding planners are more focused on logistics (especially day-of coordinators, who generally just come in to the picture a week or two before the actual wedding tomake things run smoothly) and some are more focused on aesthetics.  A great wedding planner can do both.  Whether it’s worth the cost depends on what exactly you’d want out of them, what they’d charge for that, and whether it’s worth that much to you.

My company is run by attorneys, so in addition to all the traditional wedding planning services we also offer wedding-related legal services such as reviewing and negotiating contracts with vendors, helping brides change their names, and even drafting wills and pre-nups for couples who want them.  Most wedding planners don’t do these things, but it gives you an idea of the wide range of services various company may offer.

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