Post # 1
Fiance and I are heavily leaning towards getting a full service wedding planner for our 2 day cultural wedding for next fall. I work 6 days a week, and he full time. I’d really like us both (really me, lol) to enjoy the entire wedding process as much as possible, esp the day of. I have a friend that paied about $3600 in Atlanta. Our wedding will be in the Philly/South Jersey/ or MD area. Before we start contacting possible wedding planners, we would like to have a good idea of what reasonable cost are. What do you ladies find is the current going rate for a wedding planner in the northeast or whereever you are. Thank you!
Post # 2
I looked into it and they wanted 15-17% of the total budget! These were the high end planner/ designers though. I decided no to that route haha.
Post # 3
On a recent thread about budget, I saw that one Bee listed the expense for her planner at $8000. I don’t remember what her whole budget was?
It’s one of those preference things. The only couple I know who used a planner really skimped on the quanitity and quality of food. Many brides say they couldn’t have done it without their planner.
By The Way, I planned my daughter’s wedding, for 225 in DE (no sales tax) and used the Phila. partyspace to look at venues http://partyspace.com/philadelphia. After booking the venue I used their recommended vendor llist, coupled with online reviews, and it was not that difficult or time consuming. A lot can be accomplished over the internet, i.e. the question are the vendors available on the chosen date?, weeds out a lot. My daughter and son in law only visited 1 venue, considered 1 band, visited 1 florist/decor, and 1 videographer/photographer, at my suggestion. They were all on the vendors on the venue’s suggested list. Being decisive helps. You might even find a venue that is all-inclusive (florals, DJ, etc.).
Post # 4
My planner charges a flat rate for full planning…doesn’t matter what your budget is.
We are paying $7,345.
Post # 5
AquariusLove: We are paying $3500 for full service planning and decor in a small town, total budget is $15 – $20,000. While I wasnt happy about shelling out that much money, the wedding will be about two hours from where we live, plus I honestly think I would drive Fiance insane with wedding talk if I didn’t have a planner! I think the money is worth it for the peace of mind. Good luck!
Post # 6
AquariusLove: I am paying 3,500 for a full service planner. I live 40 mins outside of Boston, Ma. We get 3 people and a bouncer for that. (the bouncer is needed for my crzy freakin family :/ sigh plus my bridesmaids hate FI’s brother and brother’s wife)
Post # 7
in ATL I got quotes from 3500-8K. I think 3-4K is not bad, just make sure you read the reviews on weddingwire or the knot. Also they’ll be able to negotiate many things for you, get freebies thrown in, etc as they are a repeat customer w/ many of these vendors.
Post # 8
I got quotes from between 15k and 25k – wedding is in NYC.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2016 - World\'s Fair Pavilion
Our planners are around $4500 in the St. Louis area.
We opted for a package just shy of full-planning. We handle the non-design vendors (catering, photographer, DJ, bakery) and they manage all of our design contracts (florist, decor, rentals, etc.) and take over full coordination a month out from the wedding. We’ve been able to drop their name for a 10% discount with a few vendors, and also benefited from their guidance and recommendations.
Post # 10
AquariusLove: I would recommend a partial planner. Mine just helped me with a few things I didn’t want to deal with, like food, florists, managing the entire day of the wedding. Everything else (finding a venue, dj and photographer) were things I didn’t mind doing myself. so I saved a little bit of money that way. A partial service planner was $5000 in my area, and totally worth it IMO.
edit: my price included coordiniating my rehearsal party – which was pretty big – so that raised the cost of planning a bit.
Post # 11
My quotes were similar to knickergold:. I also got 15-20% of wedding budget.
Seemed a little high for me, so it will be planning it alone on our end and then having a day of coordiantor.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2016 - Beach house
I’m a wedding planner in the Hudson Valley NY (about an hour north of NYC), and I charge between $1500-$4000 depending on services they’re looking for. Hope that helps 🙂
Post # 13
Not sure if this is a zombie thread yet… but I thought I would throw out there that our venue has wedding planners that have “preferred” rates. We are doing just day of coordination and we are paying about half of what a number of other DOC requested by asking the venue coordinator if there were any preferred planners. It is saving us over $1,000.
Post # 14
I have spoken with many, many MANY planners. The price that you will pay will directly coordinate with the level of experience of the planner and how well they are known in the industry. There are many planners that travel the world for events they are planning; so you may want to look outside of your local area in addition to local planners.
Many of the best planners (e.g. all those planners you see in Martha Stewart) will either charge a flat fee ($20,000 – $50,000+) or will take 18% with a budget minimum (typically, $150,000- $200,000 to start). More local planners will have much better rates.
Keep in mind that there are basically three things that you are paying for with a full service planner: 1) event styling and design (look/feel & thematic elements to your event); 2) event planning (e.g. vendor procurement and management, and 3) event coordination (execution of plans and day-of vendor management). You can hire many people to just do one of the three above as well — for instance, there are many great wedding stylists who can help you on an hourly basis for high-end styling, but you may work with a cheaper event coordinator (or month of planner) for the execution of the event.
I hope this is helpful. Best of luck to you!