(Closed) Wedding Planners not accepting budget. Too low?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Helper bee

I think that is pretty low for a full time planner. Full-services planners cost a MINIMUM of $5,000 (like bare bones minimum unless they’re a newbie, day of planners in my area cost that much :/) so that right their takes your budget to $15,000 and that takes you into a catergory of having to do a lot of DIY elements. I think you should absolutely revise your budget to incluse everything except for the gifts, all of those things are typically included in a budget. At the very least, tell them that these items are not included in the budget and that might change their minds quite a bit. Good luck Bee ! :]

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I think you’ll need to find someone who specializes in low budget weddings. 20k in any other context is a lot of money but in terms of a wedding with all the bells and whistles it doesn’t go far. Why not plan it yourself with a DOc/ consultant? A lot of them will answer your questions through out the process and work more than just the actual wedding day. I wouldn’t spend 1/4th of your budget on a planner.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I agree.  Your budget is a little low for a full time planner.  I would either increase the budget, or settle for partial planning services. Alot of planners offer a sort of in between package, where you get more support than a DOC, but a little less than full planning. That may be your best bet. You won’t be able to find a good full time planner for much less than 1/4 of your budget (quite possibly a little more).  

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hi I’ve been there. We met with planners with a 20k budget and they looked at us like we had 3 heads. we of course went with the planner (full service)who said it was possible.  We ended up going well above and beyond our budget which kinda stunk because we payed for everything our selves (a lot of blood sweat and tears). Needless to say, the upfront planners who we thought were mean we’re just being honest. They said they could work our budget but we’d have to cut the guestlist way down to say 100 or less to have an intimate extravagent Affair.

Honestly that’s a very decent budget but it truly depends on your vision and your guest count. After my weddiing my hubby really wished that we’d listened and not invited quite a few people which would have saved/ stretched our $$$ further.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Hi there, what part of NC are you in? I live in NC so I might be able to help. I’m surprised you’re running into the problem here because it’s one of the cheaper places for a wedding. Maybe when you tell them your vision they know they won’t be able to pull it off for that amount. What type of wedding are you planning? 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We had a $15K budget and our planners were more than happy to work with us. Most of the planners we met with charged a certain amount for a fee or 10% of total budget, whichever was higher (so like a planning minimum lol). 

A good planner can work within your budget, so if someone had scoffed at my numbers, it would have been on to the next one!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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CarolinaJames:  Yeah I think your budget is low for a planner honestly. What is your approx guest count?

I honestly do not see the need for a planner unless you are having like a mega wedding with tons of vendors and like 500 guests

Also talk to your venue- they might do a lot of the stuff the DOC would do anyway.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Why not go with a partial planner or DOC, if you don’t mind me asking? 

Our planner is working out to be about 1/10 of our wedding budget; doesn’t make sense that you need to rethink or add significantly your budget in order to hire a full service coordinator.

Are you having a smallish wedding? 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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CarolinaJames:  Are you getting married in Charlotte? I saw in another response that you were from there.  I personally know an awesome planner (I used to intern for her when I was in college),  who may be willing to work with you.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’d revise the budget to include everything but the wedding bands, e-ring, and honeymoon–I think they assume that’s part of the budget since it typically is.  Then at your first consult have them come up with a budget for you–if you notice they’re going above the 30k you’ve got for everything, and won’t budge, THEN walk away.

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