(Closed) Is a wedding planner necessary?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
13010 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We are using a day of coordinator only.  I’m fine doing all the planning by myself, but the day of the wedding, I want someone else in control, who will make sure everything is set up, greet the vendors, and keep an eye on timelines!  I didn’t want to delegate a family member (guest) to have to do these tasks.  This way, everyone can enjoy the reception without having to work.

FWIW, I live in a very expensive area, and a DOC runs about $1500.

Post # 4
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it depends on your venue, how many you invite, etc.  I’m having a small simple wedding, and I think a planner would have put too many fabulous ideas in my head and I would have wanted it ALL, thus sending me to the poorhouse.  My venue also has a coordinator, and bridal attendants, included, so that helps calm any fears.  They’ll be setting up the show.  I hope it all works out!

Post # 5
583 posts
Busy bee

Use a Day of Coordinator who also does planning.  They will be able to coordinate your orders from certain places, recommend cheaper places to rent (mine is saving us hundreds on ours).  They also typically have 10% discounts at places which they manage the order for for splitting the discount; so like if your linen rental is $1,000 you would pay the company $900 and give your planner $50 and she would handle all the dealings with that company so the exact linens you want magically show up!

The other pro is that you’ll be able to enjoy your wedding day without a single worry.  I’m SO excited to have my DOC, she’s also become a friend so I’m very glad she’ll be at my wedding managing it.

Post # 6
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I hired a day of coordinator. She helped me find good vendors, created floor plans, and is doing all the set up onbthe day of. I didn’t need a planner because, like you, I was really organized and able to do 95 percent of it on my own.

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