Wedding Planner?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I’m still waiting, but commenting to follow because I’m also very interested in the bees’ perspectives! 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

DEAR GOD, get a planner if you can swing it. Wedding planning is just so stressful and it takes a huge load off by having someone take care of the details and also talk you down when you’re feeling stressed. Planners often have relationships with vendors and they will give the planner a discount. We saved a lot of money by doing this and she ended up almost paying for herself. Other than potential cost (if budget is tight), there are no cons to hiring a wedding planner.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I vote for wedding planner. In hindsight, I wish I had one for my private cermony and it’s a very small wedding to plan 😛 It is destination though and I could have benefitted from someone who personally knew the vendors. I am going to hire one for two of our three little celebrations, as I am planning from afar. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Rydges Hotel

I didn’t get a wedding planner, but I already knew how I would like my wedding to be and budgeted accordingly. I didn’t have much struggle or stress keeping up with things as I was pretty clear of what I and Fiance want. 

If you know you will be getting stressed, then I say get a wedding planner.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

My fiance and I just met with a “day of” wedding planner and honestly I’m so friggin glad we did.  This girl is literally going to save our lives that day and the month prior to everything.  I get really stressed out when it comes down to crunch time (2nd wedding for myself so I know what’s in store for us) and she’s honestly going to be a life saver.  She keeps in contact with all of my vendors and makes sure that everything that I’ve paid for will be delivered and that nothing is changed.  I’m so excited we found her.  However, she does come at a pretty hefty price of $1200.  But, that gives me full access to her any time I want via phone, text, adding her to a pinterest board to give ideas, email, facebook, etc. up until our wedding which is 18 months away.  Definitely worth the money if you can budget for it.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

If you can afford it, dooooooo it!!!! 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We had a full service planner that was with us for 14+ months and it was money well spent. She took care of everything and we were able to just relax and enjoy the day.

Totally…get one!!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I totally think a week-of or day-of organiser is a great idea. Once everything is Done it would’ve been great to have one person responsible for the final execution (as opposed to relying on everyone knowing their bit and as in my case the Best Man, Mother-In-Law and Maid/Matron of Honor taking care of the day-of organising). But even in areas where someone was paid to be in charge and coordinate (music) things managed to go not exactly to plan. As for a full-on wedding planner I don’t think that is very efficient if you in any way really want your own vision and have any control freak tendencies. I tend to think no one does a job better than me (within things I can do obviously, I wouldn’t suggest choose me for any type of surgery, over a qualified surgeon 😅) so the to’ing and fro’ing with a planner regarding options and decisions would’ve been a nightmare for me, I would basically have planed everything anyway. Our budget didn’t allow any of the above though so I don’t really know what it would’ve been like.

Wedding planning was very stressful (seems more fun thinking back though, rose tinted memory🙃) and I had no time for it so it was a 3am kind of thing, to research and choose options and write emails to negotiate contracts and stuff favour bags and all the rest of it, but I still think it would just have added an extra time consuming layer to have someone else to communicate my ideas to before choosing what to do. I was pretty decisive though and knew what I wanted. 

If I had the budget for it and the time for it then I think having a planner could’ve been fun and indulgent.

ETA: the coordinators and wedding planners we found in our destination were also ridiculously priced, typically pricing “by the hour” and counted putting in something like only 2 hours per month leading up to the wedding and a bit more the week of, but able to bill us for more itemised time if doing more work. I really didn’t see what we would be paying for, and they seemed to think we couldn’t have our wedding for anything less than £120,000-£200,000 which was nowhere near our budget (that’s excluding Their fee).

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

If you can swing one, get one, even if it’s just a DOC. I have one and it really takes the stress off to know that on the wedding day, all problems, concerns, and disasters will be in someone else’s hands, and all I have to do is get ready, get married, and have a good time. Plus she has been coming up with decor ideas because I’m just not good in that department, so having someone experienced with that helps.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

It really depends on your personality. I was SUPER stressed as well so I hired someone to do full-service planning. However, I am super tech savvy and I’ve found a lot of vendors myself. Except, when you have a planner, they sometimes frown upon finding outside vendors – particularly if they’re taking a % of portion of your contract – ask about that. So, I personally think the full service planner has actually added to my stress. Ask very specific questions about the planning process. For example, my planner has a policy that we meet all vendors in person at her office before hiring them. That’s very inconvienent for my fiance and I, and I would rather work off of a list of suggested vendors and call/Skype them on my own time. If you could swing it, and you don’t mind doing you own research on vendors, I would HIGHLY suggested a Day of Coordinator. 

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