- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
So I’m planning my wedding semi-destination, about a 5 hours north from where I live. I’ve been doing tons of vendor research on those who are based close to my venue to avoid extra travel fees. But the one thing I’m not sure about is the wedding planner. I really want to get a partial planning or month-of package just to help wrangle all those vendors for me when it comes down to the line since I know I’ll be preoccupied with my family and everyone coming in from out of town…there may be lots of questions from every angle, and I’d love to not worry about it. However I do plan on being very involved in planning each aspect up to that time, and we’ll be doing quite a few nontraditional things at a venue that’s also sort of under the mainstream radar.
My question is, do I hire a planner closer to my venue? (And by local I mean within 2 hrs of it, bc there’s not a whole lot of options in that area). OR do I hire a planner where I live here in LA, and budget in the cost of having to pay for them to go up there probably at least twice (once before the wedding, and then for the wedding)?
If I choose a planner nearer to the venue I might save some money in their travel fees, and they might have pre-existing relationships with the vendors I’ll be working with – but still they might not really if they are from SF 2 hrs away! If I get a planner local to where I live, I’ll be able to work with them more closely prior to the wedding and have a bigger selection of who to work with based on recomendations from friends, etc, but I’ll have to pay their travel costs. Is it more beneficial for a good planner to have pre-existing knowledge of the area? Or more pre-existing knowledge of the bride they’re working for?