(Closed) Planning my Friend’s wedding… What do I charge?!

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

@omdela01: seriously, If i were you I would kindly decline. It sounds like this friend might be taking advantage of you. If you are really intent on doing this for her.. I would say 3-5K

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I can see this getting messy as well….. I would probably decline … 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

SAY NO!

Un fortunatly, I think this wil end up a negitive situation for you. The only way it would work is if whe paid you in full up front, but save yourself the trouble.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I agree with PP, I don’t see this ending well. You can help offer suggestions and let her know what worked for you but I wouldn’t participate in anything more than that.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree with declination…however, if you decide to do it anyways, I have a friend from HS helping with mine and she charged 1,000 and I was fine with that. But I am from Charleston and planners around here are upwards of 15,000….so, ya gotta account for what goes in that area. And also, she is not a full time planner….. part time then week of. Hope I’ve helped!!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you do full time and help with everything, I say at least 2,000 if not a little more…..

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper

As the PP said so well this is a dangerous situation you are getting into that could easily cause issues with the friendship.

A full time wedding planner can cost anywhere from 2,000-5,000 depending on the area.

That being said if she has told you up front that she “doesn’t have a lot of money” it is quite clear (to me anyway) that she has high expectations without paying you for what your efforts are worth. This can easily leave you feeling resentful and burned out.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree with PPs. I would politely decline.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You’ll be charging nothing because you’ll be saying no.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Instead of saying “no” without even knowing how much she’d be able to pay, I would tell her what you think is a fair price.  If she says she can only pay a certain amount, maybe tell her what you can reasonably do for that price point (maybe only help with some early stage planning or something like that).

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

It sounds like, to me anyways, when she stated up front that she doesn’t have a lot of money to spend that she was hoping you would do it for free. Just say no if you want to save your sanity. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Since you are planning you should know her budget- go from there.  But I wouldn’t do this at all.

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