Post # 1
I live in St. Louis, and a friend of a friend who runs an event planning company is offering to be my wedding planner. The problem is, she’s asking to be paid 16% of our wedding budget.
Is this reasonable? What did you pay for wedding coordination? This isn’t just “day of” stuff, but for preparation and planning and contracts and all of the nitty gritty details.
Is it worth it to hire a wedding planner?
Thank you for your advice!
Post # 3
It’s a little high IMO. I’ve heard 10% or flat rate. Don’t get it if you don’t need it (aka if you have lots of time to plan and love details and don’t mind having a designated organized Bridesmaid or Best Man handle details the final day). It’s a hefty sum but usually it’s nice to have things run more smoothly. If it’s in the budget go for it. But this friendor isn’t doing you any favors with the rate right now. You might want to shop around first.
Post # 4
Yeah that sounds a little high, well higher than what I have been quoted. for Full service planning. I was quoted 10%
Post # 5
I think that sounds high but I’ve never looked into it. Do you need a wedding planner? Maybe you could consider her as your ‘day of the wedding coordinator’ to make sure things flow okay? Maybe she’d be cheaper then? If you’re worried about things not going the way they should. I’d DIY things and consider going that route if you were worried versus pay someone that much money…pssh
Post # 6
I had to chime in! I just don’t like the percentage thing, REALLY you should be paid a fee and that’s that, it shouldn’t matter whether or not your clients budget is 10,000 or 50,000! It’s a planners job to price their packages fair enough so they’re being paid the value of their time and expertise NOT on what you’re able to spend.
So in short, YES it’s too high!
Post # 7
I hate the percentage things and it help us make up our mind on which planner to go with. I looked at several people and 16 is pretty high if you ask me. I say do a flat fee. Most wedding planners have different packages or levels to help you see what you want/need. We are going to pay about 4,500. She is helping with decour, vendors, in some cases she will be going to a couple of appointments with my parents because of work, so she going to be a big help to us. In addition to being in charge of all the wedding stuff(I’m handing them over a couple days before the wedding), she will be doing our rehearsal. So she is helping with a lot.
Post # 8
I was in my BFFs destination wedding a few weeks ago, where she had an amazing wedding planner who:
– set up amazing details that a bride could never focus on day of, tiny tags on name cards, charger plates, etc
– Kept everyone in order, on time, so no one had to think about when we needed to be where
– changed the wedding venue at B&G’s request the DAY BEFORE the wedding
– bribed the cops with a roast pig to let the party go into the wee hours (this was awesome)
– attended to the tired children, the ‘over lubricated’ guests, like 8 different shuttles home
– served as MC between two bands, a DJ, and classical players
– Literally removed a water spigot from the ground in 12 hours so the party could ‘flow better’
I am a type A planner and also a pretty frugal person, and watching how relaxed the bride and groom (and their families) were able to be reeeally turned me on to the idea of a planner. I think 16% sounds high, but I wouldn’t rule it out. I personally don’t have family that would, like, love to do that kind of stuff, so now I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way.
Post # 9
I guess it depends how much they’re doing for you, but I think it sounds high.
We only have a day of coordinator, and theyre fee has nothing to do with our budget. I did the math and it’s literally .6% of our budget lol
Post # 10
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Do you need a wedding planner, or just a day of coordinator? Big difference in what they’ll do, and the price. I also agree that the price seems high- a flat rate is probably better.
Post # 11
We didn’t hire a planner, but we kind of got one with our venue (so I guess the fee would just be the venue rental and service charges onto of the food, etc.). Originally I didn’t want a venue that does pretty much everything, because the alcohol and food generally costs more than way. But Joe, the manager/coordinator, has been a godsend! He’s made things very easy for us and has worked with our budget without ever pushing us into something we don’t want, but also letting us know when an idea might not work and what a good alternative would be.
We’re both going to grad school and working full time, so in hindsight, we are so glad we went with Joe and his mansion. He knows the details and will guide us and guests through the evening. At no extra charge.
I’d say a planner is good if you’re too busy or can’t handle the stress of researching and interviewing vendors. But definitely I think 16% is high.
Post # 12
I wonder if that is the going rate in your area? In Toronto, the standard rate seems to be 10% so 16% seems quite high to me. That being said, Day Of Coordination is usually less expensive and quite beneficial, especially if you pretty much know what you want/what you’re doing and just need someone to ensure that the day goes smoothly.
Post # 13
i live in san antonio and have just contracted with a wedding planner. She charges $2200 for the “hold my hand” package lol, but as my lovely husband is in the Air Force she gave us 10% off!
I suck at planning and really have seen too many family members stressed out the day of the wedding [for other members of the fam] trying to get everything set up. I just want them to relax and enjoy the day.
I think charging 16% based on the cost of your wedding is bit much, but if it will give you peace of mind AND you like her and feel chemistry with her, then go for it.
If you don’t feel a connection with her then I suggest looking around for someone else.
Best of Luck
Post # 14
we are paying $800 for day of as well as coordinating with all vendors in the month before and helping with anything I had left since I contracted with her
Post # 15
Did she say she wanted 16% of your budget or did the fee she quote you work out to 16% or the budget you’ve set? That might make a difference.
Post # 16
I had a planner from southern California. she’s a dream come true. She’s helped me so much with planning everything. And she charged $1800 for a hold my hand kind of thing too. don’t do 10% or more! So I would say hire one, but don’t pay that much! If I did that I would be paying $5000!