Wedding Planner, Is it worth it?

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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864 posts
Busy bee

We considered it but in the end we could not justify the expense. Our budget was much lower than yours though.

Post # 3
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606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

A lot of places require at least a day of coordinator and I would say that yes, the cost is worth that at least – that way you don’t have to worry about the set up of the day because there will be a lot going on! 

We are not married yet (soon!) but we hired a full-service planner and she has been a lifesaver. She’s made the entire process easy and seemless. For our situation, she was absolutely worth it.

That being said, our full service wedding planner is costing us less than 5k, so upwards of 6 seems high. I’d keep looking.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We paid $7K+ for our full service planner.

She’s an award winning luxury wedding planner and I hired her based on her expertise.  I didn’t want to deal with the logistics of planning a 300 person wedding and she was worth every penny. 

Everything was taken care of, down to the last detail…especially on the day of.  I didn’t have to worry about a thing and was able to just relax and enjoy the day.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Yes, yes, 100x yes. Hiring at least a day-of planner was required for my venue, but we chose to get a wedding planner for the whole time. She has been a GOD-SEND. I have no idea when to do what, and while I can google normal timelines, that might not be the right timeline for us (based on our venue, guest count, city we’re getting married in, etc). She keeps me on top of everything and also made picking our vendors a cinch. 

 

My advice is to find a wedding planner that has a flat fee rather than one who takes a percentage of the total cost of the wedding. We hired a flat fee wedding planner per advice from one of the best wedding planners in the area who was retiring from planning weddings, and boy, was he right. My sister had a planner who took a % and she kept adding unnecessary things on (which my sister didn’t know better because it was things like an extra bus for transporting people, etc), which as a result would up her fee. It became hard to figure out what was necessary and what was just to up the cost.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I am a planner and also have a ton of spreadsheets that run my life lol. That being said it wasn’t worth it to me to get a full service planner because I was already doing all of the research and booking myself! I did, however, hire a day-of-coordinator. She is by far the cheapest I could find but still with good reviews and she’s only $570. My budget is similar to yours so this is not a deal breaker at all for me! I just wanted someone to take care of the rehearsal and all of the little day of details. She’s been great so far and I’m already glad I hired her. I just want to be able to relax the day of my wedding and not answer everyone’s questions. I know she will take care of everything.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Will a day-of coordinator work? I’m in Houston and my coordinator was Mary Rios- she was $1500 (we got a summer special). She and her assistant were SO helpful on the day. We had our final meeting the Wednesday before the wedding and I transferred everything over to her so I pretty much had NOTHING to worry about right beforehand. Like, people kept telling me “oh, I’m sure you’re super busy with last minute wedding stuff” but I really wasn’t! She handled all of the final timing confirmations with all of the vendors and ensured we stayed on schedule. I don’t think anything really went wrong but it was SO worth it to know that I’d have someone who could handle it without us even knowing. She even said to give all of our guests her number so that they could contact her instead of us.

http://riosevents.com/

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Also I’m an accountant too so TOTALLY understand the budgeting and spreadsheets and all :). Just think of it as insurance for the day. My mom wasn’t sure about hiring her at first but I told her it’d be worth it just to have someone there to make decisions who wasn’t quite as emotionally invested in everything!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Hah, I work in accounting in Houston (we got married outside of Austin). I’d advise going with a DOC. They range in the 700-1500 range and are a complete lifesaver! Planner is unnecessary

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

I only looked at hotel ballrooms as a venue and they all came with day of coordinators. I think day of coordinators make a lot of sense, but full time planners seem like a waste of money relative to that budget. I have a similar budget and I found it fairly doable to do the rest. Mind you, I don’t have some really specific vision where I need to track down obscure things. But it wasn’t that hard to pick a venue, photographer, videographer, DJ, and make up artist. Things like transportation you can figure out closer to time. 

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