(Closed) Am I the only one who is NOT hiring a Wedding Planner/Coordinator?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am not hiring one, never known anyone that has and personally I think it’s silly. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee

I hired a day of one.

REALLY worth it. She made sure everything was set up, everything ran smoothly and people were where they needed to be when they needed to be there (both guests, vendors and wedding party) I didnt have to worry about decorations, caterers, room layout, timing of pictures, vendor questions, limo arrivals (we used one that ran runs to the hotel) first look arrangement etc. And it saved my mom and Mother-In-Law from worrying about all that.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I didn’t hire one and like a pp said, I’ve never met anyone who did have one. My sister helps a lot and I can handle the vendors myself… And my friend is taking care of getting the reception started while we’re taking pictures.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m not getting one.  My cousin is great with that kind of stuff and has helped other brides out before.  I just need to give her a list of things to do and she is happy to do it, free of charge.  I’m not going to give her too much because I would like her to enjoy the day as well.  If you have anyone that is organized and would be willing to help with the responsibilty, see if they would help you out!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m not hiring one, though if the venue situation was different, I could see the need. Rather like you, the venue has an on-site caterer who is basically the venue coordinator. She’s got the set-up, food, clean-up, and a certain amount of the moving along of things under control. To be fair, we won’t have much to “move along”, as there won’t be a bunch of things going on. Just ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, hanging out. In terms of planning, I have no idea what a coordinator could really accomplish for me. Not to mention that it’s really not in the budget!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I didn’t 🙂

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m not. I’m doing a lot of stuff myself and the banquet manager at our venue will act as day-of coordinator and help with setup/breakdown of all the decor.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I did not hire one and don’t regret it! I truly believe that any organized bride with quality vendors should not need a coordinator.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We didn’t hire one – just a day of (as the venue had a great deal on their coordinator). I must say, having her definitely made me keep my cool.

There were times I wish I had a wedding planner to deal with things, but we made it by and our wedding went off without any issues (err well, one seating issue, but I think I screwed up 1 placecard).

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I didn’t hire one.. yet. I am not creative, and do not have the time to take care of everything.. I am in graduate school.

 

Maybe in the near future.. but I doubt it. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My mom and sister are very hands on as well as I. Unless I can offer an opportunity to someone who is getting started in the business and wants to plan/DOC weddings for free, I won’t have one. I can’t justify the added expense when I can just spend an extra hour or two with my maids & men and decorate everything. Beyond decorating, I have a timeline and will have meetings with all my vendors, so why bother incorporating a 3rd party?

Post # 14
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Honey bee

duplicate

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My venue comes with a “sales coordinator” who is basically a DOC and my guardian angel–she’s been super helpful to have and it’s a weight off my shoulders knowing if someone drinks too much or I accidentally messed up a table assignment, she can figure it out last minute.

If she weren’t part of the package I probably wouldn’t have hired one, but I am so glad I don’t have to make that decision!

Post # 16
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Honey bee

@JoJo Bananas: I completely disagree, at least in terms of Day-of. Or rather it depends on what situation

I had all independent vendors including rentals, bar, caterer, flowers etc. We had to determine that day if it was Plan A or B depending on weather and I did not want to ensure all the vendors followed their detailed plans we had given them.

Nor did I want to have to be responsible for the payment to them that day, or for the “back up plan” for the potentially belligerent drunk brother we expected.

I also did not want to have to keep an eye out for when the groom arrived while I was doing portraits to ruin the first look. 

Or to gather the bridal party for the different events such as the actual ceremony, introductions, to pay attention to time for the first dance or cake cutting. I loved having someone tell me what to do and knowing I wouldnt miss anything or stress out or stress out my mother or Mother-In-Law

I did not want to deal with as it turns out that gramma wanted to sit on the dance floor and have to worry about finding her an arm chair (we already found one for her table) 

Or to take down all the decorations/left over packaged foor and load it into our van back to the hotel etc.

Sure it could have been done by others and myself, but I really enjoyed paying someone to worry about it and it was a minimal cost.

Granted, no its not needed, but I would not have had the time to do the decorating or organizing my self day of, and we couldnt do it day before so I would have to trust 5 plus vendors to coordinate, etc.  I wouldnt trust 5 independent employees without a manager, so why them? I wanted to enjoy the day, not stress

Compared to other expenses, it was cheap for $300. I bought and sold many decorations and tableclothes and came out even on those, so for me it was really worth it to spend the money on a day of.

 EDIT: many people have essentially a Day-of, just not paid. They have designated someone. Its a matter of trusting/wanting to ask a favor of someone vs paying an experienced person.

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