Post # 1
A wedding planner is the new fad. With all of the new reality television and everyone trying to get into the wedding business, this seems to be the new thing.
My family is against one, they feel they can do everything on their own.. but I’m torn.. what are your thoughts on a planner?
Post # 3
I have one and she is the best ever. You can still have control over your wedding, but its like someone is making everything you want come to fruition and you dont have to do the dirty work! I would highly recommend it.
Post # 4
get one. i got a day off coordinator. I want my family to enjoy the wedding day and events and not be worried about the small little things that come up. and you dont need any added stress.
Post # 5
Mine has been incredible. She took FI’s and my vision of our wedding and introduced us to all the right vendors and places to make it a reality.
Post # 6
Even though I have a lot of people to help me with the wedding and on the wedding day, it is not something I want to put them through. I want them to enjoy the special day with us.
Having a wedding planner is very helpful especially when it comes to damage control. Plus they can make sure everything is running on-time and smoothly, which is very important for us.
If you don’t get a wedding planner, at least get a day of coordinator.
Hope this helps!
Post # 7
I don’t think wedding planners are a fad. Wedding and event planners have been around for a long time. I do, however, think the “day-of coordinators” are relatively new to the industry. Some companies don’t even do full service planning, they just specialize in the day-of stuff. I wanted something in between the two so I hired a planner from a full service company who helps out during the last 60 days prior to the wedding, including the day-of. Since I signed the contract a year out, I was able to have it in there that we could have unlimited correspondence (email or phone) up until the 60 day point (in case I had any questions about etiquette, invitations, etc.). I’ve found that to be very helpful so far.
All of our guests are from out of town, including our families and closest friends. Most have never even visited Chicago before. We didn’t want to have to delegate any tasks to them and have them running around an unfamiliar city. I am hoping that it will make our day a lot less stressful, and I am glad to know our wedding planner is there to make sure the look and feel we have planned for so many months is executed.
I agree with PP that at the very least, a day-of coordinator will help your day run smoothly. It also helps to have that “go-to” person for your family. Otherwise, all questions will be directed to you, and that can be stressful.
Post # 8
If you can afford it, I would HIGHLY recommend one.
If you decide to hire a wedding planner for more than just the day of, make sure they are certified.. not all wedding planners are created equal and you are making a signficant wedding investment by hiring one. A reputable wedding planner is usually certified through the Association of Bridal Consultants.
No one in my family has ever hired one and was dead set against it at first. Once they started to see how less stressed I’ve been, though, they’ve changed their tunes! If I could, I would pay my wedding planner 2x what I’m currently giving her. It’s the best feeling in the world to know that come the day of your wedding you will have someone there to worry about every little detail, and you just get to sit back and relax!!
Post # 9
I’m getting one. I have no clue about weddings, no interest in DIY, and no patience for calling a hundred vendors only to be told they don’t meet the criteria I’m looking for. If I can pay someone else who already knows the few vendors who meet my needs, why in heck would I want to waste my time pulling my own hair out to figure it out on my own? I also don’t want to pass off projects or responsibilities onto my friends, family or guests, or deal with organizing my wedding day when I should be having a good time and getting drunk. Lol – no thank you! The wedding planner can deal with all that.
Post # 10
Depends on if YOU want one. And do you need one? Are you well off financially and super busy? That’s the only need I see for a wedding planner. I didn’t want one or need one, why when I know I’m going to end up researching and planning everything anyways? lol. I think that wedding planners are NOT a fad. If they were, we wouldn;t be on the bee talking about all our billions of DIY projects hahaha. Just my opinion though. I totally don’t think you need one unless you are the type of girl that just doesn’t want to do everything and/or doesn’t have the time.
Post # 12
If you really want one and can afford one then you should get one. Personally I wont be getting one
Post # 13
I said yes only because a wedding planner comes with my venue. One will help me arrange the ceremony and the other will help me arrange the reception. However, they’re not making many decisions for me… it’s up to me to plan until about a month before when they put everything together. I’m kind of glad their available to at least answer questions via e-mail.
Post # 14
I got one and I do not regret it! you can get different levels of help for different prices. I have a “partial planning package”, it’s a medium level of help. she’s helping me plan the more complicated things (such as catering) and she knows the best vendors that fall within my budget. she gets 10 – 20% discounts from most of her vendors, and passes the savings to me! she sets up all appointments, negotiates contracts, makes all the phone calls, and will arrange everything with everyone to make sure it will all come together seamlessly on the wedding day.
I work full time and don’t really have close girlfriends or nearby family to turn to for help. my FI is super busy at work, and I work full time myself. If it weren’t for our planner, we would be just about ready to cancel the ceremony and just elope!
Post # 15
I didn’t think I wanted to spend the money, but it probably would have saved me money in the end. I was planning from out of town, which added complexity. My cousin acted as my “day of” and thank god for her!! You at least need that.
Make sure you hire someone with impeccable references and that you “click” with. If you are having difficulty communicating with them, keep looking.
Post # 16
We have a ton of time to plan our wedding, so we won’t be getting any sort of planner. I feel like I’m creative enough, and so is my mother, to plan a really awesome wedding with our resources and contacts.
We will have a day-of coordinator though, for the above-mentioned reasons (day runs more smoothly, issues, etc).