(Closed) Is anybody using a wedding planner?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am not using a wedding planner for both financial and personal preference reasons, however we are hiring a day-of coordinator. That means that I will be planning everything, but will consult with her on vendors, setup, etc, and she will be there to deal with set-up, kinks, etc, the day of. 

Post # 4
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8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am using a full service planner. If you can fit it in your budget, I highly recommend getting one. Having one will benefit you greatly. If it is not in your budget, at least try to get a day of coordinator.

Post # 5
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2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have a full service coordinator. She isn’t acting as a designer, but truly as a coordinator: calls people, handles arrangements, and will coordinate that weekend.

Best money I’ve spent on the wedding, and maybe ever on anything. Life saver. Wouldn’t be getting married this year otherwise.

Post # 7
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40 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was really lucky and found a new but very talented wedding planner on craigslist! I got the idea from a friend who posted an ad on craigslist looking for a wedding planner for her 2009 wedding who was willing to work in exchange for a testimonial and photos. She found two fabulous ladies to help her so I did the same and got lucky as well! If she does a good job I will give her a nice tip for her services!

Post # 9
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2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I initially paid my planner for a venue tour day, because it is a semi-destination wedding. The thing that I appreciated about her was that she knew everyone in the business in the area, and had great connections. Her skills as an organizer are great, but ultimately, her network is what made me hire her.

Post # 10
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5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oh, if you’re looking to start a business, definitely do Google searches (and WB searches, etc) on the venues and cities you’ve worked in. I wrote a post on here about the venue we hope to sign, and got very helpful, detailed advice and facts from a day-of coordinator. I definitely have her in mind to be my DOC, because she went the extra mile with no pressure to use her, etc, and was friendly and prompt. 

Post # 12
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187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

we are using a wedding planner, but she is a friend of the family who does wedding planning on the side. she has really helped me out by narrowing down my vendor search. i still make all the arrangements though.

she will be a life saver on the day of…i already know!!

Post # 13
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1566 posts
Bumble bee

I think this is certainly an “interesting” time to try to become a wedding planner. As more and more girls plan online, the value of a wedding planner decreases. So I think you have to be able to determine very clearly what value are you adding for your potential clients and what kind of bride you are targeting. 

I have very limited time to plan and no one to help, but I did not even consider a planner. I love planning, and I find that it’s not that hard if you have a relaxed attitude. I am on a budget, and quite frankly, there is a LOOOOONG list of things I would invest in before hiring a planner. So how do you convince brides like me that they need your services? 

Post # 15
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2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@ charmed: is an education in wedding planning really necessary? It didn’t even occur to me to ask if my coordinator has any kind of formal training. It probably wouldn’t have influenced my decision to hire.

I would really recommend gaining local knowledge and connections way above anything else. Just to give you a sense of the typical phone call I have with my coordinator, I call and tell her my problem or desire. She immediately knows whether anyone in the area can do it, what their regular rates are, what their style is, things I haven’t already thought about, etc. After I get off the phone, she does all of the calling to find out who might be available and what they can offer. I step back in to make the final choice.

More examples: I did internet research for several months before calling her for that venue tour I mentioned. We ended up picking both a ceremony location and venue that I had never uncovered in months of research. Neither place advertises for weddings, but will do them if my coordinator is involved. She also got me thinking outside the box for wedding ideas. She convinced the venue location to break with policy and allow candles (first time ever! yay me!). She convinced a local restraunteur who doesn’t normally caterer, and has never done a menu at my lower price range, to take the job because he was perfect for us. When the rental bill was about $1000 more than I wanted to spend, she just pulled strings and got him to cut the price while cutting practically nothing from the rental list. When my guitarist snapped the tendons in his arm and had to cancel (poor guy!) she found a new guy who can play my processional in 4 hours.

That is what I’m paying for, and it has been worth every penny. So I would recommend getting any job you can working in the business, and build those relationships!

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