How did you find a wedding planner?

posted 6 months ago in Logistics
Post # 2
2436 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Found my wedding planner and most of my vendors on

They’re all higher end and cater to luxury weddings in and around Ontario, Canada.  Some of them are the best in the business. 

My planner was the resident planner of a show called Rich Bride, Poor Bride and her work has been featured in many magazines so I knew she would do an excellent job at our wedding.  We hired her for full service and paid $7,345.

Post # 3
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

We found ours through a wedding planner that doesn’t do DOC. She gave us the list of all the certified wedding coordinators in our area. I called a few, and made a note of the ones that I liked their “pitch” the best. I only met with one though. Honestly we went with the cheapest. It was the last thing we booked, I am a project manager so I am very organized and the wedding is planned, I just need someone to be there that day in case everything goes to shit! So ours was $950 (only a few years in the business, but has done over 100 weddings) for just day of coordination. It includes 2 planning meetings in the month before the wedding, and coordination of the reception as well. 

Post # 4
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Found mine through an acquaintance who was recently married. I looked online and called around but the planners in my area are ridiculously expensive ( starting at $8k and going up to $20k) so I decided to just ask around. She ended up being amazing and she charged $4000 for full service planning, which included DOC.

Post # 5
663 posts
Busy bee

We did things a little unconventionally and already had a venue and some other vendors before we picked a wedding planner. We chose ours based on a list of recommended vendors from our venue. I called a few of them and a lot were exorbidant (like $10,000 starting) or focused on more DIY wedding looks, which is not what we were going for. We chose the one that we liked best and was in our price range.

We paid $4000 for full planning and DOC, minus the venue finding/contracting services, so I think that saved about $1000 off their going rate.

Post # 6
692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Our wedding planner came recommended by multiple coworkers who got married in the past couple of years and we couldn’t be happier with him!

He is very unique in that he is a wedding planner, day-of coordinator, photographer, AND DJ! He has assistants who help the day of the wedding, and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about his services the day of the wedding 🙂

He’s been a fabulous planner so far, offering unlimited meetings (including one over dinner, which he graciously paid for for me, himself, and my fiancé) He has guided us step-by-step through both a planning timeline and day-of timeline, helped us make decisions in choosing other vendors, recommending questions to ask, giving advice about a bunch of smaller details, as well as giving us so many questions and considerations that we never would have thought to think about in our own! (Even simple things, like “where are you getting breakfast for the wedding party the day of? Who will be in charge of picking it to and delivering it?)

He is located out of Portland, Maine and charged $6500 total for his planning, coordinating, photography, and DJ services 🙂

Post # 7
555 posts
Busy bee

We interviewed two, we found on WeddingWire. The once we chose was about $1,200. Unlimited communication during planning stages, vendor recommendations, handled all contracts and timeline, set up and cleaned up decor, etc. She also had a beautiful collection of different decor items she’d been gifted by brides and i used a couple things.

It was a great experience. She was very on top of things, fit the level of involvement we needed, and made our lives easier.

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