Post # 1
Debating if we need to hire a wedding planner. The costs we’ve seen have been a little off-putting, and I’m considering getting a coordinator closer to the event and managing the planning on my own because we’re on a tight budget.
Did you hire a wedding planner? If so, at what stage of the planning did you hire them? How helpful were they? Any advice? Any cost insights will be greatly appreciated too!
Post # 2
We hired a planner as soon as we decided its time to plan the wedding and they have been a wonderful support and so far we have booked a venue and our djs. Its been so relaxing as they give us options from our description of our expectations and so far we are getting best of the best options and we can choose which one we like the best based on our budget.
I know in the US its a lot more expensive. We live in Ireland but our wedding will be in Poland so planning a destination wedding would be a pain in the butt hence we went with planners. Its also cheaper than planners in US or Ireland but you can have day of coordination plan and theyre usually cheaper.
Hope this helps a little.
Post # 3
kajuniac : Thank you! This does help. Our budget is already stretched thin so trying to cut corners where we can. We have a pretty good idea of vendors we want to go with. I’m leaning towards just getting someone for the day of the event at this point, but worried I may forget something a planner may have known.
Post # 4
smtx21 : We are hiring a Day of Coordinator. I have done all the research needed to find vendors in my area. I also have a checklist that I found online to help with managing things and staying organized. We will be diy’ng our on decorations for the wedding. The coordinator will set up and make sure things flow like they should. We found our on venue, catering, photography, videography etc. Our coordinator owns her own event planning business. We are saving money by using her, as she provided a package deal for our catering, photography, cake, servers and bartenders. So the only thing we hired seperately was the officiate, MUA, DJ & videographer. I later found out she also could provide a DJ but we already had one booked. If you can manage to do things yourself them maybe a partial planner or DOC would work for you
Post # 5
smtx21 : The key to remember is that most of the wedding planners have so called “preffered vendors” and the planners actually get paid for the referral . Guess where that money is coming from .. your pockets … a friend cutdown most of the middlemen and found vendors on her own. Her major savings were in the decor and clothing front. She found this boutique in Georgia and they helped her with custom decor, bridal n bridesmaids clothes , favors n all. The same was costing 3 times if going through a planner. While I would definitely keep a planner for all coordination etc.. but there are a lot of areas you can save on. The boutique she used is called PerfectPanache. I think they are on FB and insta.
Post # 6
wanderlustlover : Where in Poland are you getting married? Most of my family lives in Poland but my fiancé and I live in the United States so we’re thinking of doing two small celebrations.
Post # 7
monika54 : we are getting married in Lodz since its cheaper for us to do that. I dont think we will have another reception in Ireland as most guests are going to most likely make it 🙂
Where is your family from in Poland
Post # 8
We opted for a wedding planning since we are getting married in an area where we don’t live. Planner is family and did my future SIL’s wedding and did a very nice job so we’re confident in her.
Post # 9
wanderlustlover : They’re from Puławy.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center
Our Indian wedding is in suburbs of Chicago. We did not hire a wedding planner because wanted more control over the process and also because we felt it was an unnecessary expense. But I’m thinking of hiring a Day of Coordinator to help with event logistics before, during and after, as well as kinda be my personal assistant throughout the day. I spoke to someone I knew and since she’s starting out, she proposed a rate of approximately $1000-$1250 for the whole day. While she’s not Indian, she’s used to handling big weddings since hers was also a large, Italian wedding.