Post # 1
SO and I have started the search for a budget-friendly affordable wedding planner. Our expected budget is around $12,000, the venue is $1400 or so, 69 people. We have family friends who can provide flowers, music, and photos. It’s been really discouraging though–the low budget planners ($1800/etc.) we’ve found say it’d eat up too much of my budget so they can’t work with us. There’s one who said she might but needs more details (ie. overall vision). Another seemed friendly enough but ignored SO’s email for a week so we re-started our wedding planner search.
<div>Is $12,000 really that hard to find a wedding planner? Suburbs, east coast :((((((((( We’re funding this on our own because my mom is emotionally abusive and I’ve cut ties. I thought $12,000 would be enough for a low-budget thing. Anyone?</div>
Post # 2
$12,000 may be a workable budget, but if it is a small guest list, possibly you don’t need a wedding planner. We planned our wedding 150 ppl, $25,000 ish budget with just me and my mom. If you had some friends who would step in and help, or even if your Fiance would take some of the load off of you, you could realistically do it without a planner.
Does your venue offer a day of coordinator? Ours did and she was great at keeping us on schedule. Really that may be all that you need.
Post # 3
If you are on a low budget, do you really need a wedding planner? I don’t think very many people use them anymore unless their wedding is very large/extravagent and cost is not an issue. With the internet I feel like they are kind of obsolete, e.g. you really don’t need outside input on which reputable florists are available in your city etc. Are you mostly interested in having a day-of-coordinator, I would suggest just finding someone for that specifically?
Post # 4
Curiosity begs me to ask what you need a planner for? You have a venue already and three major items taken care of. What exactly is it you want the planner for? Lots of people plan without a dedicated wedding planner. Now, a day of coordinator may be something separate you want to look into – someone to help set up, take care of timing the day of, and distribute last payments to your vendors. But typically a dedicated wedding planner is going to be there either for decision making in lieu of making decisions or finding you vendors – most of which you have already found and/or have taken care of yourself. Check out a couple of wedding planning books from a library, set yourself up with a spreadsheet to get organized and you’re pretty much good to go.
Post # 5
Maybe look into a DOC if you can manage to plan everything yourself down to the decorations. All you need is for someone to make sure the day runs smoothly and setup your venue for you. You already have flowers and decor. I would just hire a day of coordinator.
Post # 6
Depending on when your wedding is, I’d suggest just getting a day of coordinator.
I have over a year to plan, so I’m knocking out a little bit of planning every weekend so it doesn’t feel overwhelming. I ended up just getting a day of coordinator so that on the day of someone else could take the reins and deal with any emergencies that crop up. They cost about 800 in my area for a full day (I live in San Diego) though I found one who’s just starting her business and is doing our wedding for 300 (a steal and we will be tipping very well). I’m meeting with her the week before the wedding to show her where I want things set up, share the timeline, and basically go through what our final plans are (I’m keeping her updated as we decide on things to make sure everything is doable). Her job will be making sure the day runs smoothly and everything gets set up correctly and handing out money to vendors for final payments. This way, I’ve planned everything myself, but on my wedding day all I have to do is show up.
Post # 7
You probably don’t need a full service planner – just a day of coordinator which should be cheaper.
Post # 8
I would consider a DOC instead of a full out wedding planner if you absolutely need someone. With only 60 some guests, I wouldn’t expect things to be so crazy that you would even need additional help to plan. We have a budget of $7000 and 100 guests and I decided to forgo planners/coordinators all together so I know it would definitely be possible for you.
Post # 9
I loved loved loved my planner, however her cost did not equal 15% of a small budget. There’s a lot you can do with $1800 if you don’t spend it on a planner.
Post # 10
My DOC was $550 (just starting out) and some of the best money we spent. We planned everything ourselves, just wanted a point person to help run everything day of though. With the internet I really dont see a need for a full planner (and we had a DW).
Post # 11
I just got married last week and I thought having a planner to help coordinate everything the last few weeks up to the wedding was worth it. My planner was around 6% of what we spent in total – but we had 3 events that we threw for our guests for a destination wedding, and it was nice to have someone to help deal with crisises that came up last minute (change in venue for the welcome dinner 2 days before, protests the day of the wedding that we had to change shuttle pickup for), and just coordinating everything with vendors the week before. I was already crazed so having someone to help organize everything let us enjoy the few days leading up to the wedding and the day of.
Obviously, it depends on your budget, so if you have someone who is inexperienced and not good and you’re going to have to do the brunt of the work and micro-manage, then I would just skip it. But if you find someone good, and/or a DOC, it’s totally worth the money. I’m glad I had a wedding planner – yes, you can do it without but having someone who is experienced and who knows what little details you may be missing as you’re planning is hugely helpful.