Who has used a wedding planner?

posted 3 years ago in 30 Something
Post # 3
11607 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My wedding planner was relatively new in the business, so her prices were much more reasonable than her competition.  We only used her for day-of work, so I just don’t understand where some people got off charging $3,000 for that service.  Our DOC was incredible – from the first meetng about eight months out to the day after the wedding, she was attentive, thoughtful, helpful, and 100% on my side.  I had some in-law issues where they tried to change things behind my back, and having my DOC on my side made that stress go away because I knew she was doing exactly what I asked, and not being bullied by inlaws.

I think hiring my DOC was the best wedding vendor choice I made!

Post # 4
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I used a planner when we got married and I had good and bad experiences. We actually had to fire the first and hire another because the first was terrible at communicating with me in a timely manner. I would call or email her and it would take weeks for her to get back to me! It was so frustrating because I hated having details up in the air and wanting to finalize things but knowing I had to go through her to do so. We had her for about 3 months before we hired a new planner, and the second was just wonderful. She was really attentive and patient, and went above and beyond to make sure that our vision for the wedding came about and that everything ran smoothly. She charged us 15% of our total budget, and for the amount of work she did I found that very reasonable. 


We hired a planner in the first place because we’re so busy with work, and we’re only in the country about 50% of the time. So we didn’t have the opportunity to spend weeks checking out venues, samples of flowers from different florists, price comparing etc. We needed someone who could keep things going while we were away, and she did that beautifully. 


What we wanted in a planner was someone with good connections and knowledge of the best vendors and venues, had a vision to add to mine where I couldn’t figure out what I wanted/needed, a level head and capable of taking control and making smart decisions. And obviously someone who communicates well with me and stays in contact 😉


Good luck with your business!

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