(Closed) How much do wedding planners cost?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@yellowlinedpage: I’m still looking for one that is reasonably priced and I would like to have one for the entire process. I’m in Indiana but here’s an email I received from one vendor. I thought it was somewhat expensive & would hope to pay this much for a coordinator who’s around for the entire time. Hope this helps…


Planning Pkg






Additional services may be added or subtracted to accommodate your needs.

Current price includes the following services:
-Design and décor consultation
-Delivery & placement of gift packages for hotel guests
-Attend final vendor meetings to oversee final details
-Identify and coordinate out-of-town guest hotel room blocks and reservations
-Identify and coordinate transportation arrangements for out-of-town guests
-Return rental items – from tuxes to cake stand

-Wedding Weekend Management and Set-up/Clean-up
• Rehearsal coordination & management
• Wedding day coordination & management by April and at least one assistant (dependent on size of wedding)
• Create a customized schedule of events for the rehearsal & wedding day
• Perform all vendor confirmations the week of the wedding
• Act as point-of-contact for all wedding vendors the week of the wedding
and on the wedding day
• Assist in decorating the ceremony & reception sites
• Manage all event logistics from set up to tear-down (ceremony and reception)
• Pin on boutonnieres and distribute wedding party bouquets
• Oversee the distribution of final payments to vendors on the wedding day
• Coordinate with DJ or band on music selection and timing. Act as MC, if needed
• Use of our “wedding” toolbox & emergency kit for all last minute details
• Collection of your wedding gifts & arranging delivery in a vehicle approved by you



Estimate Total:


Post # 4
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am in Chicago and recently hired a DOC (they really help out the last two months of the wedding planning process).  The quotes I received ranged from $1000-$2500 for DOC packages. For full service planning prices began at $8000.

Post # 5
157 posts
Blushing bee

We were required to use the DOC at our venue and it was added on as an extra fee.  I think it was ~$300.  Not sure if that was subsidized by the actual cost or the venue, or what.  She was there all day from ~10 am until 10 pm… so we definitely got our moneys worth!

Post # 6
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We used a wedding coordinator/planner. She requested 18% commission for all vendors she helped us find/contract. In addition to helping us find vendors, choose decorations and plan out or timeline, she served as our day-of coordinator.

I found her help to be worth far more than we we actually paid.

Post # 7
2742 posts
Sugar bee

Thank God I’m going with the one from the venue. Shelling out an extra $1500 is not something I am looking forward to doing.

Post # 9
2054 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Mine also charged 18%. But honestly, I dont think its worth it…maybe if she was awesome but she hasnt showed me awesome yet. I wish I had just done a DOC now that I know what I got myself into. But if you get a really good wedding planner for 18% I think it would be well worth it.

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