(Closed) wedding planners – did u use one? how much? was it worth it?

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Post # 3
23589 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I didn’t use one, but just coming into *bump* for you. I’m sure lots of brides have used planners! 😀

Post # 4
1736 posts
Bumble bee

I just hired a day-of-coordinator. I am doing the bulk of the planning with my Mom (just the two of us) but the day before and the day of the wedding…I want NOTHING to do with it. For two full days, the DOC is $1000 ($500 per day). She will take care of all the deliveries from vendors, set-up of the ceremony and reception, she’ll deal with timelines, making sure that all things happen as close to on-schedule as they can (ceremony start time, brides entrance, reception entrance, first dance, cake cutting, etc.) She also runs the rehearsal the day before. All that is priceless to me! 🙂

Post # 5
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have hired an event planning student for a DOC; she will come before the ceremony to help with last minute things; cue the music for the ceremony. Then after the ceremony she will set up the tables/chairs and centerpieces for the reception. Then she will go and pick up the food we have ordered from the restaurant. All for $100. A bargin!!

Post # 6
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

No planner for me. Just a lot of research, time and patience to get it all done. I would’ve got one but the extra expense is so not worth it to me.

Post # 7
933 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m curious about this too. I’ve heard they’re expensive but that sometimes they have connections that make other things cheaper. Also I want to know, how expensive is expensive? I have no idea.

Post # 8
189 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013


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MsMindle I am also hiring a DOC. I was advised by several married couples that a wedding planner or DOC was the way to go. We got him for $500 and he’s there for a month prior to the event all the way up until the day. I admit I feel very relieved about having less stress the day-of!

Post # 9
4997 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m hiring a well-known wedding planner with a lot of experience in a very expensive city for $3,000. It’s a 9-month contract where she will basically help with everything. I will still be making decisions, but she will do the grunt work (i.e. calling 10 places to find the cheapest chavari chairs). I love planning and love all things wedding, but I live out-of-state and am finishign my PhD 4 months before the wedding so I really don’t have the time and resources to do it all myself. All the coordinators I interviewed (from preferred vendor lists for very nice venues) were betweei $3,000-4,000 but I did hear from one who charged $12,500 for a full-service package which I thought was ridiculous!! Everyone I’ve talked to who used a planner thought it was worth every penny, but a lot of people don’t want to spend the money so it’s just personal preference. 

Post # 11
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I hired a day of coordinator and partial planning (she handles everything the day of, and attends 8 pre-wedding meetings, coordinates vendors, negotiates with them, reviews all contracts, and will distribute my envelopes with payments). The service is $2300. I thought that was a lot initially, but shopped around and most reputable coordinators in my area were close in price ($2000-$2500 for similar levels of service).

Post # 12
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I hired a planner to handle everything.  She does all the leg work, negotiates contracts, sets up and goes to vendor appointments with me and keeps me sane. She’s also managing our budget, and will be coordinating everything for the day-of and the post-wedding brunch.  Her cost for all this is about $6000, but we paid $5200 since we paid all up front. 


Post # 13
46 posts
  • Wedding: January 2013

We hired a wedding planner to handle every aspect of the process except making the final decisions. She took us on a venue day where she took us to venues she thought we would love and the one we chose she had great connections with so I think we got some things thrown in that would have cost extra. She will be taking us on vendor days where we meet with all her suggested vendors. The photographer she reccommends has packages way out of our budget, but is giving us a special price based on his history with her. Most importantly, she will handle the entire day of and hopefully, there wont be a thing we will need to worry about except to have fun and get married. She cost us $3500 which we negotiaged her down from $5000 by removing a few things from her package.

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