(Closed) Should I hire a wedding planner??

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yes Yes and Yes! I hired one for the day of and I’m going crazy. I’m thinking of giving her more $$ to help me now and my date is Aug 3rd. You’re a little behind with the decor if it’s a few months away so go for it and hire her. You might regret paying for her now a little bit  but you wont regret it for the rest of your life when things run smoothly on your big day and you remember she was the one that helped make that happen.

Post # 4
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964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am undecided right now about that.  I think its mainly because the first one I interviewed seemed like she was trying to get over on me.  She would not tell me what her fee was.  I told her my budget and she came in right at budget but would not disclose how much of that she was gettting.  I am considering getting a DOC or someone to assist with the set up and break down of everything.

Post # 5
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7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I didn’t hire a planner, per say, but we did have a day-of coordinator. Seriously, best thing EVER. I didn’t have to do anything the weekend of my wedding because she took care of 100% of it. She even broke her ankle the morning of my wedding and still worked all day (I didn’t find this out until later. I had no idea anything was wrong with her.) I loved being completely stress-free and not having to worry about fixing any problems that came up.

To me, it’s worth it.

Post # 6
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2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

I would hire some sort of coordinator or planner.  Whether you need partial or DOC is something you’ll have to figure out.

You don’t want to deal with the caterer…but do you have the time to do it?  Can you discipline yourself to narrow your vision for the decor?

 

If you have a highly demanding job or a lot of room in your budget, I’d spring for the partial planning.  If you have plenty of time on your hands and the budget is tight, I’d probably just go with DOC services.

Post # 7
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7651 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don’t have a wedding planner, but we do have a day-of coordinator just to keep people on the right track. I feel a planner is unnecessary (just my opinion though because I have a hard time giving control to anyone) but a day-of coordinator is an excellent idea.

If you need help with centerpieces, decor, and all that jazz a wedding planner might be a good idea in your case.

Post # 9
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705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I definitely recommend at least a day of coordinator.  My budgt is super small and I am making room for one–I don’t want people coming up to me at the last minute and being like “The bartender is not here”.  I want to enjoy that day and let someone else deal with that shit.

If you’re having trouble leading up to it and you can afford it, then a planner would be a good step for you–she seems to be what you want and need to get this done.

Post # 10
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4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

If it were me, I would. It was one thing I wished we’d have had extra money for. 

Post # 11
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1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I had a planner, but honestly I think I could have done a day-of-coordinator and then just paid for a la carte advice by the hour and saved a few bucks.  I did a lot myself and just didn’t need as much of her services as I thought I would.

That said, if you can squeeze it in I am a HUGE advocate of a day-of-coordinator.  My wedding day was a breeze thanks to her and I cannot imagine having to worry about all of those details or packing things up etc…

Post # 12
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Wannabee

@Happyb123:  What???? I have been an event planner for years, I am so completely shocked that she is charging that much.  For an event of 50 people no more than 500 bucks!  There really isnt that much in logistics she has to do!  If you aren’t seeing eye to eye with your caterer, get another one!  

Post # 13
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Newbee

I am a wedding planner in NJ, [removed for self promotion] I provide day-of coordination, partial coordination  and full coordination. My fees vary depending on the package you choose and the amount of work you need done. A wedding coordinator handles all the little details that could either make or break your day. They are there to provide advice, as well as assist you with any of your needs and be sure that your timeline is followed and your day goes as you envisioned. I would go with the wedding planner that you feel most comfortable with and if you have any doubts then don’t do it!

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