Post # 1
Is anyone using a wedding planner’s services? How is your experience going? If you’re already married, are you glad you hired one?
A big factor for me: money. Did you find having a wedding planner saved you money, or just cost a ton to have?
Post # 3
I’m using a wedding planner and I can’t be more happy. She’s saved me TONS of money on EVERYTHING. She saved me so much already she has paid for herself. I say do your research and go for it. It’s the best decision I made for my wedding.
Post # 4
Yes, I hired one and it has been so worth it. Our wedding is in a destination location so I could never have found all of the great resources and deals that she has gotten me. She knows so many tricks of the trade that I would never have found on my own. Plus, I think vendors are more likely to work harder for her, since they know it means future business for them.
Had we chosen to get married in our hometown, I may not have gone with a full wedding consultant but definitely would have a Day of Coordinator, at the minimum. It’s soooo helpful to have an unbiased, third party that can keep her cool under pressure. It keeps brides from going “bridezilla” on our friends/family and we get to enjoy our big day instead of dealing with all the little details. My consultant says my fiance and I should “feel like guests at our own wedding.” Personally, I like that philosophy!! 🙂
Post # 5
We hired one- but just for the week of. If we had the budget- we’d hire her for the whole shabang. I think of it as a way of insuring things go smoothly so we can relax. She’s also provided us with her preferred vendors so all of our planning has been SO much eaiser.
Post # 6
I hired one. My wedding is somewhat of a destination wedding and it has been extremely helpful! I also enjoy the stress reducer and price saver!!!
Post # 7
Yes!!! I LOVED my wedding planner. I always say she was one of the first decisions we made in the planning process and definitely the best money spent!!!
I think a lot of Bees (including myself) may be initially resistant to the idea of a Planner because they tend to be organized, planners themselves and they don’t want to surrender control over their wedding. But when it came down to it, I realized that as organized as I am, I’ve NEVER actually planned a wedding before!! And I found that having a planner didn’t mean I was giving someone free rein over all the decisions. It meant that there was someone to lead the way and offer their expertise, someone to act as my voice of reason, someone who was very familiar with bridal etiquette and vendor contracts. Unlike most clients who sign on for a full time planner, I able to pick a lot of my own vendors instead of the vendors she typically works with. I met with them enough times to they understood my tastes and what I was looking for, and I then I pretty much handed it over to the wedding planner to take care of the nitty gritty and that all the details were executed correctly. I was planning for a wedding in OH even though I live in NY, so for me, it was so helpful to have someone over there to do the legwork in between my visits home. She saved my sanity and money in quite a few areas (she could get a better discount on rental chairs, linens, and worked her magic with the floral/design people to get as much as I could out of budget). And, of course, the day of the wedding, she made sure everyone and everything was set up as planned and on time and all I had to do that day was show up!
If you have the money, I’d totally try to see if you could work it in your budget or at least look into a Week of or Day of Coordinator to manage the rehearsal and the day of the wedding. The Day of the wedding, you should just be the bride, not running around making sure everything is set up and everyone’s in place.
Also, one thing that I learned from the wedding planning process is that when it comes to negotiations or giving directions, a lot of people will automatically view you as ‘just another nervous-or-controlling bride’. But a Wedding Planner can act as a more objective, neutral third party and can better calm a of the unexpected and sticky situations that can come up with vendors or even family members of your bridal party.
I could go on and on about how valuable a good wedding planner is, but in short, YES, I’m very glad I hired one!!
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
A newlywed friend of mine is going to act as our DOC, because we can’t afford a professional one.
Post # 9
- Wedding: April 2011 - The Tribute Golf Club
We hired a wedding planner, and she has been great! She is saving us money in little ways that add up. For example she is going to do all of our flowers at a discount, is providing all the vases, providing chargers for free, and right before I booked with another DJ/Lighting guy she found one that saved us $850.
If it’s in your budget I say get one, even if it’s only for the week or day of.