Was your wedding planner worth it?

posted 10 months ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Scotts ~ Walnut Creek

 We didn’t have one bc we didn’t feel one would be necessary and we were right. Our wedding was really simple with about 50 guests and the restaurant manager/DOC took care of nearly everything. There wasn’t a lot of planning involved. Bought my dresses online, took me about 30 minutes to choose invites online, had a wedding website with details plus RSVP, purchased a couple floral arrangements from Costco to place on the tables and that was about it. I think the worth of a planner might depend on the type of wedding you want to have.

Post # 3
812 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

ebbee :  I didn’t hire a wedding planner. I didn’t think it was needed. I did all the research on vendors and toured venues with my fiance’. We chose the decorations and diy’d a lot of projects for the wedding. We only needed a day of coordinator and she charged $350 for her services for the day.  It helped out a lot because she directed everything from the ceremony to the reception. I made my own invitations using vista print. She set up and cleaned up. 

Post # 4
696 posts
Busy bee

I hired one and she was AMAZING and worth every penny. She actually ended up saving us money. For example, we wre getting quotes from florists that were through the roof so I talked to the planner basically said this is my vision but I dont want to spend as much as whats quoted. She found a local florist who charged 1/2 of what the others did saving us about $2000. I was also having trouble finding a photographer in our budget, she found one who had just started out in wedding photography but already had an amazing portfolio. She saved us $3000 by finding us the cheaper photographer. The day of everything ran SO smoothly. I wasn’t stressed at all, everything was taken care of, I just had to look pretty and remember to eat. She seriously made my life so much easier

Post # 5
1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I see wedding planners useful if you fit any of these criteria:

– You are inviting 300 people or more

– You live in a metropolitan area where there is a lot of competition and things are wicked expensive

– You have the money to spare for one in the first place

Otherwise, I can’t see the point. 🙂 

Post # 6
155 posts
Blushing bee

We had a month-of-coordinator.  Kind of a cross between a planner and a DOC.  She helped make sure all vendors were ready for the day and coordinated the final contract things.  She was so helpful in that reguards as we didn’t need to worry about any details for that final month.  Worth what we paid.

Post # 7
4143 posts
Honey bee

Haven’t had my wedding but I enjoy wedding planning and will be hiring a day of coordinator. Everyone says they are worth every penny. 

ebbee :  

Post # 8
3533 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

ladyscorpion :  My fiance and I are flip flopping between continuing with our original Destination Wedding plan or doing a smaller wedding here at a restaurant. One of the biggest things he is concerned about if we do anything here (and I agree) is that it will end up being a bunch of work and stress for us. I’ve told him that one of the main reasons I’m looking at restraurant venues is to minimize the amount of work/planning we would need to do (venue, catering, alcohol, wine, servers and bar staff all in one package means we wouldn’t have to run around chasing and coordinating multiple vendors). He worries that it looks simple on the surface but there will end up being all sorts of stuff crop up during the planning process that we aren’t thinking of right now.

One of the big draws for the Destination Wedding for us is that lack of planning and work that we would have to do. It’s just a simple pick your package, cookie cutter affair and we are totally into that! lol

One big factor in us wanting to limit how much work we have to put in if we do something here is that my whole family would be traveling from out of province to be there so we would likely have a house full of guests in the days leading up to the wedding and do NOT want the added stress/headache of having to pick things up and chase things down last minute. 

I would LOVE to hear a bit more about your experience. What vendors did you have to obtain on your own? Did you feel that it was easy to get away with minimal effort on decor? If we do the restaurant thing I intend to choose one that is already beautiful so we don’t have to worry about decor.

Post # 9
745 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

ebbee :  I looked into hiring a wedding planner and they started at around 2K where I live. I just couldnt justify that cost when I felt I could do so much of it myself and probably would despite the planner. So I took $600 of it and booked a day of coordinator to handle details on the day of and put the rest towards other things. I got to splurge on nicer paper for my invitations and upped the budget for my dress slightly. Totally worth it in my opinion.

However, I am super organized and a control freak, so I am litterally handling every detail of the wedding mostly on my own. It is a lot of work, but I think it was the best choice.

EDIT: to say that my wedding is a full blown 200 person extravagazna! And yes, I have literally done everything myself, hired vendors for what I can’t do practically such as renting chairs, but all other decor, flowers, stationary and everything else I am doing!

Post # 10
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Scotts ~ Walnut Creek

sboom :  moving answers to your post 😁

Post # 11
2528 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We had a day of coodinator. A wedding planner absolutely would have been a waste of money for us because I am a type A planner, and had everything down to a pretty exact science. 

I would highly recommend a day of coordinator. They can be places you cant to help set up, make sure your vendors are in check, etc. I gave mine our detailed day of schedule and she was able to make sure things went according to my plan. 

Post # 12
3397 posts
Sugar bee

ebbee :  what kind of wedding / venue are you envisioning?

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