(Closed) Wedding Planner Splurge – Crazy?

posted 9 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: Splurge on the wedding planner - your thoughts.
    Go for it! : (23 votes)
    61 %
    Don't spend the money. : (4 votes)
    11 %
    Negotiate for fewer services. : (11 votes)
    29 %
    Other (explained) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    259 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    In all the posts where people have mentioned the things that were the most valuable to spend money on, the wedding planner or DOC is one that seems to crop up on everybody’s list. If you are working 70 hours per week, I would almost consider it to be a necessity, and if you like this woman that much then I think it is fair to use her. You can budget somewhere else–maybe take a shorter honeymoon or lower the dress budget or use cheaper flowers?

    Post # 4
    10218 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2010

    definitely don’t scrimp on the set up or clean up, trust me that is the most valuable part of her package imho!!!  i would definitely go with her on that and ask her where you can cut costs.  a great planner will definitely know areas where you can cut costs and those areas won’t affect the look of your wedding day.

    Post # 5
    3285 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    I’d say with your budget, if you can negotiate it to about $1500 it would be reasonable….but as crebre said, don’t negate setup and cleanup if planning services are important to you =)

    Post # 6
    582 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I dont think its crazy. You are allowed to decide whats important to you and where you want to spend money for your wedding. I hired a wedding planner and she has been so helpful! Shes technically only supposed to be a month of planner, but shes been helping from day one of our wedding planning. At the beginning I didnt think I wanted a planner since I love to come up with ideas and plan, but its a lot of help. Shes been through the process so many times so she has a lot of connections and ideas. She was ablet to get us an amazing deal with a well known videographer because he is a friend.

    Post # 7
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    My budget is less than yours and I have a wedding planner. She offered me day of or full service. I took full service and my wedding and reception are local. In my opinion, if you can afford it, get a planner. It will save you a lot of headache and stress. $2,000 for a full service semi-destination wedding is a steal.

    Post # 8
    1580 posts
    Bumble bee

    Whatever you do- don’t cut out the set-up and tear-down to save money. To me, those are the most important things you need to hire someone to do.

    Post # 9
    226 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I rationalized things this way…how long would it take me to do what she is doing?  And factor in you’ll probably take longer since you don’t have the experience and connections she does for planning weddings.  Then think about the cost of your vacation days to plan (even if your salaried, you won’t have that day to use in the future).  It’s worth it at least for me to have someone plan and “just show up” nearly.

    Post # 10
    4001 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think you should go for it.  I went way overboard when we first started planning and assumed I wouldn’t need any help… wrong.  I’d love to have someone else to give the tasks I don’t want do (or want my family and friends to do either).  Whether it be, play the bad cop if needed, give the final payments, make sure the deliveries arrive on time and set up properly.  Too bad I don’t have the dinero anymore!  I have always heard that brides really value the assistance a GOOD wedding planner provides.  So if you can manage it, do it!

    Post # 11
    1490 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    1) Can you afford it?

    2) What is clean-up, set-up, etc. worth to you?

    Frankly, clean-up and set-up alone would be worth $500 to me, but that’s me 🙂

    Post # 12
    5921 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I would try to save somewhere else, or negotiate with her.  Explain your situation, and maybe she’ll work with you,

    Post # 14
    1901 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think you should go for it. A good planner can help you save in other areas. With you working 70 hours a week, I think of it as a necessity, not an optional thing. You need the help!

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