(Closed) Do you have a wedding planner?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Mmm… i’d look for a cheaper one if this is how you are going-  maybe a student fresh out of wedding planning- you don’t need a pro … I’ only work part time and go to school part time and my kids are just 2 high attention needing dogs- but I still think its possiable. The only reason my wedding has been so hard is beacuse my budget is only 3k.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Maybe it depends on region, but $4,500 is really steep for the services she is providing. I don’t have a planner but when I first got engaged I was shopping around for prices. For a full service package I found planners as low as $2,000 so because of the little amount of work she’s going to be doing up to the wedding I would look for a new planner.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I think the price is fair. I interviewed 5 before choosing ours and we were quoted $2900-$6500 for full service. Our wedding planner charged $3500. My budget was $36000K and we are over $7K, I kind of wish I didn’t have hire my planner and I had the $3500 instead. I am pretty busy too, and have a child but I feel like the extra work would have been worth the money. Also, it depends on your venu and the coordinator they offer there.some can be super helpful and others don’t do much at all. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My venue comes with an on-site, day-of-coordinator (reception) and my dad is the officiant so he’s running the rehearsal and the ceremony.

$4500 seems STEEP for a D-O-C, if that’s truly all she is doing.  I’d suggest hiring one, but not for that money.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yes, but I’m only hiring a day-of coordinator which was $875.
Since you are wanting someone to help with small details & vendor direction, it sounds like a day-of coordinator will work well for you. My day of coordinator starts working with me a month before the wedding, which seems to be pretty standard.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I did not have one. However, in hindsight, I think I would have greatly benefited from having had one.  He or she would have likely prevented several problems that I encountered by attempting to do all of the planning myself.

From what I’ve read, the cost of a full-blown wedding planner is between 10 and 30 percent of your total budget.  In all honesty, I think what that planner wants to charge you, based on the services provided in relation to the percentage of your budget, is excessive.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have a planner who I am paying 7.5K for full planning services. But my budget is 65-70K though so the percentage is a bit different. I think 4.5K is an okay price but it is a large percentage of your budget so you really have to consider your costs. We had a huge conflict over the planner as well but because we live abroad at the moment, we decided that it was not worth the stress to sort out every detail ourselves. This is what I recommend:

Have a consultation appointment with the planner and figure out if she’s able to do what you want in your budget – not every planner has experience working with every budget. If she can squeeze herself into your budget without you having to make TOO many sacrifices at other points then your fiance really shouldn’t have any issue with it. Planners save money and time. If your Fiance doesn’t want to spend the money then he should agree that he will dedicate as much time as you will to the planning process. It’s really not reasonable for women to take on all of that stress, especially when you BOTH work. And you have a baby! If she can stick to your budget, there is no reason not to hire her. Also, on the day of, does he want to run around to make sure everything is set up and the vendors are all running on time? No? Why should you??

EDIT: I think you can find someone cheaper than 4.5K. In NYC I found day-of who you have for the month leading up to it and they were about 3.5K. I guess it depends on what “light planning” means. You have to be really careful and make sure EVERY responsibility is highlighted because that last thing you need is another contract to stress over!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I live in San Diego, so a lot of people are pretty expensive, but I found a girl and am keeping my fingers crossed that she is still available. Her month of coordination is only $675. That is BY FAR the cheapest one I have ever seen!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@JacallyL:  Hey I live in DC so I definately know what your talking about! Seems like you mention DC and the price hikes up an extra grand! Hence why i chose a destination wedding! Im actually paying my wedding planner $2500 for her to design, handle all bugets, meet with all vendors, and every other little thing! I tried to do it by myself but it was far too much to keep up with working full time, tons of vendors, and so on! The planner actually saves you money as well,  they typically get differnt rates than you beacuse of repeat client referral! It pretty much pays for itself! Example i contacted about 3 DJs prices all ranged from 1100 to 1300, She got my DJ for 750! Same with transportation i was originally quoted 650 for an old time rental getaway car for an hour, I mentioned her name and got that price down to $350! It really does help being able to name drop when your a destination bride! As for DC Planners, you should go to the tons of Bridal expos they have in the area I have found planners there for well under 2K and there are alot of up and coming planners in our area that are offering free service for experience, but remember you get what you pay for! also the Baltimore expos have much more resonable pricing than the DC vendors… Good Luck!

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We have a day of coordinator, not a full wedding planner.  This was one thing I wasn’t bending on!

I’m going to PM with my DOC info!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have a wedding planner and we are paying her $5000 because she will be with us for over a years. I think given the fact that we started planning our wedding 6/12 and she works closely with me it is worth it.

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