Post # 1
Do you think it’s silly to get a wedding planner on a small budget? I e-mailed a few and haven’t received a single response back. I keep thinking that it’s because they are laughing at my small budget (mine is only $10k with 50 people attending) when they are used to seeing huge wedding budgets.
I just thought it would be a good idea to see what the prices were considering I’m planning a wedding out of state with no one able to look at vendors. And well…also because I have never been particularly organized or crafty or creative. Several strikes against me here 🙂
Post # 3
Are you talking about the whole wedding or just a day-of to help with the logistics of the day.
Wedding planners can cost on average about 10-15% of your budget so you would be left with about 9K to plan your wedding. Its probably not woth your money because that s a good chunk of a smaller budget.
Post # 4
omg, I was JUST going to post and ask this question, you beat me to the punch! I will have an even smaller budget (5-7,000) and my thought was that they might HELP me stay in budget by knowing how to cut corners and still making it look beautiful and also have “connections” with vendors and fight for the best deal. Also, I am missing the bridal gene and have no clue on how to plan a wedding.
Post # 5
If you’re a crafty person and have experiance with planning parties, then you probably won’t need one for a party of your size. [Although a day of the wedding attendant would be a BIG help]. Since you are having a somewhat small wedding, you could easily do it on your own. It really depends on how well you work under pressure and how crafty you are!
Post # 6
@ellejay16: not silly at all. wedding planners are priceless. Where are you located – I know a great, affordable planner in th Northeast USA.
Post # 7
I think that its not needed, out of state will make planning hard at times, but it can be done. You can do it girl!
Post # 8
I would definitely invest in a DOC if you can. Mine is only $600 and has already saved me a few times and the wedding isnt until next year! She has gone above and beyond though I know most won’t until the month of your wedding! My budget is around $12000
Post # 9
I don’t think it’s silly at all – if you can make room for it in your budget! I had to look myself in the mirror and come to terms with the fact that I am just not that susie-DIY bride, and to have the kind of wedding I wanted to have I needed some professional help. I have a very hectic career and I really needed some assistance planning from another city.
My thought was my budget is not huge so I need to *maximize* every dollar I spend. My planner, though newer to the business has contacts, resources and other intel that have already started working to my advantage! I know it’s frustrating to send out inquiries and get nothing back – but don’t be discouraged! Keep looking, I was able to find someone who offered me a full-service package for less than some of the day of coordination packages I saw.
ETA: I agree about at least trying to find a DOC if you feel like you need one. I didn’t want my friends & family running around like chickens with their heads cut off, I wanted it to be a special day for them too.
Post # 10
wedding planners often get discounts on services, and sometimes they’ll pass the savings on to you.
and as PPs said, they will help maximize your budget. I think they pay for themselves!
Post # 11
As a planner, I always hear from my clients and other brides that they don’t receive responses to their emails. While maybe a few are put off by the budget area, there is a strong chance that the other planners just aren’t good at handling emails and responding. I recommend actually callling the planner and setting up a consultation. Consultations are always complimentary, and you’ll get a better sense of if you want a wedding planner and which one will be right for you!
Good luck and congrats!