(Closed) wedding coordinator confusion

posted 11 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

They are fantastic for negotiating down your vendor contracts. Just make sure they don’t get incentives for working with particular vendors – don’t sacrifice quality for cost!  

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

The way it’s turned out for me is that hiring a coordinator didn’t exactly save me money, but it has made the money that I’m going to spend anyways stretch the farthest.  She’s taking my budget and making the most of it.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

A good coordinateor should do that for you, yes.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

im not sure that having a wedding planner or day of coordinator saves you money, at least in our case. but what ultimately led to our decision was how much TIME it would save us. and as the saying goes, "TIME IS MONEY!"  after spending a week REALLY planning, researching, calling, emailing…and only managing to see 2 reception places from our efforts, we saw that we really didn’t love doing the nitty gritty.  plus, time was running out and at our rate we’d be hiring a photographer around our 2nd or 3rd anniversary lol. around the same time, an events planner sort of fell into our laps, we met with her the next weekend and immediately hired her. 

if price is a little shocking at first, consider how many hours you will spend researching, calling, etc, then think about how much your planner would cost & do the math… most likely it’s not much if you break it down.  for us, it’s been totally worth it. 

PLUS, usually having a planner gets you "in" with the vendor much quicker (maybe they’re sick of dealing with manic bridezillas or because they assume youre going to spend more?) Our planner scheduled all 6 reception places for one day & while she asked all the hard questions, we got to wander the sites and snap pics carefree.  she also contacted a ton of photographers, djs, bands, hotels within our budget for us so far, and we still feel in control of the whole event. one other thing to consider, though, is if you have family & friends you trust to do some of these thing for you. our wedding will be a "destination" for everyone but us, so we arent going to get much help from those traditional sources.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I second piperbenjamin.  This may not save you money, but it can save you much time.  It certainly didn’t save me any money, but it saved me headaches dealing with vendors, negotiating, etc.

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