(Closed) Wedding planner? How much $$?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’ve never worked with a planner and we aren’t hiring one. From what I’ve read on these boards a big reason people would hire planners in the past is because the planners had ins with vendors, knew who was good/bad etc, but now you can do all your own research on that kind of stuff online. If you’re up to it of course, it can be daunting at times. 

But I think a DOC would be more useful than an actual planner. And they’re probably cheaper!

Post # 4
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am using a DOC. She is very new to the business (which is fine with me, I just need people to setup and tear down the day of, she has two assistants), and I worked out a trade. I am doing about 15 hours of marketing work for her plus paying $300.

She will come to the rehearsal and run it, handle setup and vendor management the day of, is going to all my final vendor meetings with me, will bring all our stuff back to the hotel after the wedding (centerpieces, gifts, a TV we are having in our games/lounge area, etc). 

I really just wanted someone I could turn all my supplies, directions, and plans over to 24 hours before the wedding and she will handle any issues from there on out. I can’t be in two places at once and need all day to get ready, pics, etc. I didn’t want to ask friends/family to work.

Post # 5
946 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Our wedding planner was originally supposed to get 10 or 15% of our total budget (can’t recall) but a couple of issues arose so she capped her price at about $6000-7000.

it has been TOTALLY worth the price in my experience thus far. 

I think going with a planner depends on what kind of wedding you plan to have – big vs small, elaborate vs simple, etc.

Post # 6
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am using a day of coordinator. I called quite a few who wanted to charge 1500-2,000 for the day (saying they do a lot of work prior to) but I didn’ttee their price being reasonable… AnywaYs, I ended up finding a wonderful DOC who does corporate event planning as their Day job. And on the weekends she does weddings. She presented me with the planning materials she uses, her plans. She was very organized and it was clear she had a good head on her shouldes with a good heart. I think we are paying 300. She will attend one meeting with me and my florist and also do our rehearsal dinner. With unlimited email up until the wedding. 

Are you near San Francisco? If so I’d love to pass on her info! 

Post # 7
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My full service planner is running about $9K

Post # 8
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have a wedding coordinator and if I could go back in time, I wouldn’t have hired her. She has been in business for 8 years but I guess I didn’t think to ask her out of those 8 years, how many weddings has she actually done. Last year she only did 2 weddings. This year I believe she’s doing 4 so far and that includes me. She is Out of Town (2 hrs away) and our taste doesn’t match (you want to make SURE it does!!!). She’s more traditional and I’m more “think outside the box”. But I would recommend a DOC at least if you don’t do a Wedding Party.

Post # 9
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have a planner and it’s running me about 2800 after we customized the package. She’s been handling everything from the beginning and it’s been a real relief having someone do a lot of the leg work and be available for questions since we’re planning from a distance. We only get 3 in person meetings with her with this package but that’s all we really need since email is unlimited. I wanted this to be as low stress as possible so at this point I feel like she’s worth the money and it reassures me that someone will be running interference on the day of.

Post # 10
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Our full service planner was $6000, and so far it’s been the best “purchase” we’ve made!  She has assisted with everything and done all of the legwork with the vendors.  We have also saved a considerable amount of money on several vendors and rental items by going through her. The amount of stress that she’s saved me alone has been well worth her fee!

Post # 11
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We hired a wedding planner and paid $5000 for full wedding planning. Before we hired her I felt totally stressed about the wedding because I had no idea what I was doing!!!!

We are planning a destination wedding in a different state so that was one big factor in deciding whether or not to hire a wedding planner.

Another reason for hiring our planner for full services was the inside info she had. While our wedding planner does not get any discounts with vendors she picks for us, she does have a lot of connections and knows all of the vendors out there and who is good to work with and who isn’t and she also can get advice and and helpful insider info on vendors, locations, etc. from other wedding coordinators she networks with. I could certainly do my own research on vendors, but having a wedding planner has saved me all that headache and time. Plus, you can’t always find out online whether a vendor is truly good to work with.

Also, I feel a lot more comfortable having a good source to go to for advice and having someone to cover my back for things I didn’t even think about. Sure, I could go to wedding bee for advice, but sometimes you get a lot of varied answers on a question and that doesn’t really help. A wedding planner knows what they are doing and will give you the best advice out there, IMO.

The last big reason we chose a wedding planner was for her amazing talent at decorating.

Post # 13
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

My sister is a wedding planner in Hawaii. Her prices range from $500 for simple day-of issues and getting beach permits and marriage license stuff set up to upwards of $3500 for full year-long or longer design and planning. Of course, she is doing mine for free. 😉

Post # 14
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Baltimore. MD.

10% of your budget should be for a wedding planner. The right planner would definitely lighten the burden on you

Post # 15
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My wedding planner is a genius. My 2nd gay husband (my Fiance is a bit jealous) and I think worth every penny. He also charged a flat rate and didn’t base it on our budget.  That’s a relief.

Post # 16
4436 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

For my Maui Destination Wedding, it was totally essential to have a planner- saved me a lot of gray hairs:) She charges $950 (includes the pastor’s $300 fee) plus $400 for reception on-site co-ordination. All communication and co-ordination is included. Totally reasonable I think considering the amount of time she has spent emailing me and all of her suggestions- she found perfect venue for ceremony and reception. Totally priceless!

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