Post # 1
So, my wedding is just over a year away and I received my first disappointment yesterday. It is relatively minor, but I found out our top choice videographer is already booked. It got me thinking that things are getting away from us slightly (we have band, photographer & venue arranged though, luckily!)….
This stream of thought got me thinking about a wedding planner. I live in London, but will be getting married in Cleveland, Ohio — about an hour from where I grew up. My parents are there, but aren’t completely ‘in the know’ on Cleveland stuff as I’m from Canton.
They have been great – doing lots of ground work, but its a big international wedding (probably 250-270 for wedding & 200 for rehearsal dinner) and I just think the small details & organization of the day may get a bit overwhelming.
A wedding planning isn’t really in the budget, but I’m thinking maybe we need to make room! I want an amazing wedding (who doesn’t?!) with lots of cute DIY details, and I’m worried that a wedding planner will take away from that slightly, but it seems a bit daunting at the moment.
Any thoughts on planners – are they worth it???
Post # 3
Hi! I am planning a wedding in NY from Switzerland, but mine is much smaller than yours (70 guests). I’ve been having no trouble, but mostly because my catering coordinator and florist are both a little bit coordinators and able to set up my DIYs and herd people from ceremony to reception, etc. If there is no one on your site to do that, and if you don’t want to make multiple family members work that day, maybe it would be worth it to hire someone.
Maybe you could get a coordinator just for the last month? Then it wouldn’t cost as much but she could take care of all the last minute stuff (that you’ve already thought of) and be there day of.
Either way maybe wait a few months before deciding and do some planning work by yourself to see how it’s working out to do this on your own. If you’re still overwhelmed with 9 months to go, let’s say, then hire.
Post # 4
I’m not planning a wedding from another country, but I may as well be. Our wedding is about 3 hours from where we live and I’m not familiar with the area. We hired a wedding planner for $1000. With her help, she found most of our vendors and we recieved discounts for using those vendors, she did all the “leg-work” for us when looking at hotels and other details, and she’ll do all the setting up/tearing down the day-of. It’s been a huge relief to me to have her. Orginally I didn’t think she was in our budget either, but it’s helped so much.
Post # 5
Thanks for the feedback so far! I think the wedding planners we are looking at are above $1000….wonder if it is still worth it??
Post # 6
I decided not to use a wedding planner. I looked at one as one more vendor for me to dael with and one more opinion for me to have to listen to.
It looks like you have done a lot already and a lot of what you have left are things that you can do from anywhere (Save the Dates, Favors, Invitations)
If you can get a planner for $1000, thats great, but I don’t think that it’s worth it to spend much more than that!
Post # 7
Congratulations on your engagement and plans! I’m actually a wedding planner in Colorado and (or course!) I’m a little biased, but I really think you are the perfect candidate for a wedding planner. Weddings can be a ton of fun to plan, but you’re much more likely to have fun when you know you have someone who really knows the local industry looking out for your best interests. I think you really do get what you pay for in most cases (but definitely check references and look at her work!). She can save you money, time and keep you from making costly mistakes. She can make the process much smoother and more efficient, especially considering you’re on the other side of the world! As far as cute diy ideas,etc., look for a planner who isn’t going to completely take the reigns from you. You should be able to add whatever diy touches you want to!
Best of luck and happy planning!