(Closed) should we hire a wedding planner?

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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absforthenguyen :  yes! 1000% yes! Most venues come with a coordinator. But most won’t touch anything you bring in. I would have been so stressed out for my wedding if I didn’t have one. We paid $1100 for a month of coordinator. I’m in the Midwest. 

Post # 17
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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absforthenguyen :  OMG!! Sorry I didn’t put this in my previous comment, but I just now saw that you are in the Philadelphia area!! I listen to the “Put A Ring On It” podcast, which is hosted by a wedding planner named Danielle, who owns DPNAK wedding coordination, based out of the Philadelphia area!!! I have no idea what her pricing is, but if I were in your area I would hire her in a second!!! You should also definitely check out her podcast because it is AMAZING and really helped me figure out what to do before I hired my coordinator. 🙂

Here’s her website: https://dpnak.com/

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee

I didn’t hire a planner, and I planned every single detail myself. I wrote the ceremony, I wrote the music set list, and I wrote the menu. 

The church verger was really helpful for the ceremony. He stood just out of sight of the guests and signalled my girls in, then me so the pace was right. He was just ‘there’ in the wings to make sure everything ran smoothly. 

After the ceremony everyone made their way to the reception venue (some of them stopped for a drink on the way which was totally fine!) – remember these people are adults and can get themselves from point A to point B. My reception venue had a strict entry period, and everyone got themselves inside within the time frame. 

The reception venue then had a venue manager to oversee everything, and the caterers ran the night. They let us know what was happening when, gave us cues, helped the MC, etc etc. It was SO easy and the only decision I had to make all night was giving the green light to shut the bar down a little bit early (people got DRUUUUNK). They also managed the drunks, and only served them water. 

Speak to your vendors, there may be no need to hire a planner. Personally, I wouldn’t bother. Alll my vendors were absolutely amazing and my caterer acted as the main contact for the night. 

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I ended up hiring a friend who entirely planned her own wedding without any planners or coordinators to be my day-of coordinator. I planned all details, met with her several times in the months leading up to my wedding to give her an idea of my vision and attitude towards different aspects of the wedding, and she came before the rehearsal for a walk-through of the venue with me, and then arrived day-of to make sure everyone was where they needed to be and handle payments to vendors and things like that. 

 

I’m a detail oriented person, so I made sure to cover all the things that she’d need to be doing and write that all out for her – I just needed someone to execute my ideas when I couldn’t. She’s also someone who’s taste I trust, so I felt comfortable giving her power to make decisions for me about certain things. It’s not an option for everyone, but it worked out perfectly for me! 

Post # 20
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Busy bee

My day of coordinator, who is technically a month of coordinator that I hired separately from the venue cost me 2K and I’m in the LA region. I found another for less than that, but she seemed more of an amateur if you’re OK with that. If you’re in socal and want their names, PM me! 

p.s. I do absolutely think a wedding planner is worth it. I am having a 200 guest wedding and my DOC is bringing 2 assistants (so 3 total) to help with coordination throughout the day.

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I had not planned on getting one but then did get one for partial planning. i picked all the vendors and did decor with friends, but we had a lot of little touches that I wanted placed for wedding and reception. I would have driven friends more nuts or myself nuts. I also remembered My brother and sister in law wedding where they accepted family help to organize their wedding, had power struggles between two women and one of them was folding programs as the wedding party walked down the aisle. I was horrified. My friends that helped me pre-wedding on my decor items, were to be guests the day of the wedding.

I plan educational events for a living and my husband did not want want to look into my eyes as we were saying our vows and see me planning/worrying. My first and only frantic call was the ceremony chair set up, saw it was straight rows and I wanted curved rows….called the planner, she was parking her car, she said to put the phone down, draw the blinds and enjoy spending time with the wedding party. She and her crew had it under control. They did. She had a crew of 5 people and herself, three arrived with her at 11:00 a.m to do set up and organize vendors. The others arrive a couple hours later.  There were three of them left at midnight. All my little things were placed, my centerpieces and place cards were perfect. One was even assigned to our needs, food, drink, lip gloss, fixing my dress that someone stepped on, etc.

Everything from the wedding ceremony was picked up and packed away in our room. Same with the reception. I didn’t worry one bit. My husband knows how much effort I spent on all the small things and said the planner was the best money we spent.

I know for my personality it was the best money we spent too. We spent $3600 and live outside Los Angeles. We had around 155 people at our wedding.

 

Post # 23
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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absforthenguyen :  Hey. So I actually posted the inquiry directly below yours on the board about a NY/NJ area day of coordinator and got literally 0 replies (grr) but this board has been super helpful.

I did end up finding a few good offers around $1000 on Thumbtack. I would recommend starting there.

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