(Closed) Wedding Planning – is it worth it??

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: I'm having a big wedding and planning it from another country - should I have a planner
    Yes : (6 votes)
    86 %
    No : (1 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    92 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Hi! I am planning a wedding in NY from Switzerland, but mine is much smaller than yours (70 guests). I’ve been having no trouble, but mostly because my catering coordinator and florist are both a little bit coordinators and able to set up my DIYs and herd people from ceremony to reception, etc. If there is no one on your site to do that, and if you don’t want to make multiple family members work that day, maybe it would be worth it to hire someone.

    Maybe you could get a coordinator just for the last month? Then it wouldn’t cost as much but she could take care of all the last minute stuff (that you’ve already thought of) and be there day of.

    Either way maybe wait a few months before deciding and do some planning work by yourself to see how it’s working out to do this on your own. If you’re still overwhelmed with 9 months to go, let’s say, then hire.

    Post # 4
    Member
    1514 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I’m not planning a wedding from another country, but I may as well be.  Our wedding is about 3 hours from where we live and I’m not familiar with the area.  We hired a wedding planner for $1000.  With her help, she found most of our vendors and we recieved discounts for using those vendors, she did all the “leg-work” for us when looking at hotels and other details, and she’ll do all the setting up/tearing down the day-of.  It’s been a huge relief to me to have her.  Orginally I didn’t think she was in our budget either, but it’s helped so much.

    Post # 6
    Member
    908 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I decided not to use a wedding planner.  I looked at one as one more vendor for me to dael with and one more opinion for me to have to listen to.

    It looks like you have done a lot already and a lot of what you have left are things that you can do from anywhere (Save the Dates, Favors, Invitations)

    If you can get a planner for $1000, thats great, but I don’t think that it’s worth it to spend much more than that!

    Post # 7
    Member
    2 posts
    Wannabee
    • Wedding: June 2003

    Congratulations on your engagement and plans!  I’m actually a wedding planner in Colorado and (or course!) I’m a little biased, but I really think you are the perfect candidate for a wedding planner.  Weddings can be a ton of fun to plan, but you’re much more likely to have fun when you know you have someone who really knows the local industry looking out for your best interests.  I think you really do get what you pay for in most cases (but definitely check references and look at her work!).  She can save you money, time and keep you from making costly mistakes.  She can make the process much smoother and more efficient, especially considering you’re on the other side of the world!  As far as cute diy ideas,etc., look for a planner who isn’t going to completely take the reigns from you.  You should be able to add whatever diy touches you want to!

    Best of luck and happy planning!

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