Post # 1
Newly engaged and set to marry next may I’m completely overwhelmed with planning my wedding. How much do wedding planners usually cost and have any of you enlisted help in your wedding? What did you think of the outcome and would you recommend them?
Any tips as to keeping organized and well planned for all the do it yourselfers??
Post # 3
@MrsThompson419: im not sure about cost and im sure it varies due to region, but i find here is a great place to get ideas! Also if you can just google wedding checklist. heaps will come up. There are phone apps as well which have checklists, budget planners, guest lists and vendor information!
Best of luck planning and welcome to the hive
Post # 4
I’m using a lot of online tools from various wedding websites. They’ve been great for planning everything from the guest list, to tracking rsvps, to creating a website, to making a seating chart, and keeping track of my budget. I also lucked out and don’t have to hire a wedding planner because both the church AND the reception venue have on site coordinators. I would see if your desired location already has one because that would obviously avoid an unecessary cost. Also I would at a minimum have some sort of file folder you can keep ALL of your papers, contracts, and reciepts in.
Post # 5
@MrsThompson419: I felt the exact same way as you, which is why I hired a planner ASAP! So far, it’s been the best money I’ve spent on anything for the wedding. She does everything for me from shopping around for venues, negotiating pricing, going over contracts, creative help, advice, etc.
As for finding a good planner, I went to weddingwire.com and looked through reviews, contacted my top choices and went from there. For full service planning (for two years in my case!) I paid $6000. This obviously may vary by region and the services offered, but if you can afford it and want to eliminate as much stress as possible, hiring a wedding planner is the way to go! 😀
Post # 6
Thanks for the advice ladies! I’ve been all over Pinterest, The knot, wedding wire, etc…. I think I’m more afraid of decorations coming out corny or tacky looking. I’ve been to a few DIY weddings where it LOOKED DIY, I definitely want something gorgeous without the $50,000+ wedding budget. The venue I have chosen has a “Day of” coordinator. With the price of decorations that I’ve been seeing I may consider just hiring a planner SOLELY for the decorative portion.
Post # 7
@MrsThompson419: That’s a great idea. I shopped around but everyone around here charges $3,500 and up and I wanted to use it on something else. Our photo/video place includes a DOC if you get the top package, so we did that. She was awesome and helped with a lot of the planning too. If you’re on your own, just make sure you use a lot of lists and read a lot of the articles here and on other sites. And ask lots of questions. The bees here are all awesome!
Post # 8
I think a traditional planner usually ends up about 10% of your total budget. DOCs are much cheaper. Even a month-of coordinator could be nice for you!
Post # 9
@MrsThompson419: you might want to take a peek at pink cloud 9. you can customize how much you want them to help you.. pay by the minute even. they have non-venue-affiliated day-of wedding coordinators as well if you want one that is working for your best interest rather than the venue’s. hope this helps!