Post # 1
Just curious what your experience has been with a wedding planner? Do they actually plan your wedding? Find all your vendors etc? Or is the bride/groom still very hands on and is it worth the cost?Or does the bride still have to make decesions/do research etc. Is it worth it?
Post # 3
@KatieKitKat: I did not use one (because of cost), but one of my best friends did. I believe the wedding planner leverages his or her expertise, experience and connections with vendors to help couples receive better access and pricing than they may have been able to otherwise find; however, the cost of the wedding planner’s services usually would offset any savings. He or she researches and/or recommends various venues, vendors, details, and options — everything from invitations to flowers, menus to transportation, cakes to calligraphers. My friend’s Wedding Party would meet regularly with her and her Fiance to ask for their input and feeback. The Wedding Party does a lot of work and takes a lot of the stress off of the bride. In hindsight, I kind of wish I had at least met with one, because I planned everything except the ceremony and the out-of-town accommodations by myself (DH oversaw those), and it was a LOT of work. On the other hand, I am thankful that I did not have to spend 10-20 percent of my wedding budget on a Wedding Party.
Post # 4
There are different levels of wedding planning, too. Some will take care of everything, some will help you do things, and some will only be there the day of the wedding to coordinate everything with the vendors and make sure your presents are taken care of and everything is set up to your specifications and such.
Their prices usually match how much involvement they have; if you want less stress the day of the wedding but want to do everything else yourself, a day-of coordinator is worth looking into. I’m thinking of paying a friend of a friend to do this for me so that I don’t need to worry as much.
Post # 5
@HappierKate: Now, I SO should have done THAT.
Post # 6
I have a wedding planner and she has been a life saver. She is doing everything for me, I think more than the regular wedding planner. From getting me quotes and samples from photographers, videographers to helping me choose the decoration and wedding cake and even plan my honey moon!
She asked me a bunch of questions to get to know my taste and asked me to send her pics of everything I liked even if its another color so she can help find something similar. And whenever she finds something I like she sends me a pic. She also called different hotels to find the best rates.
She will also coordinate the day of the wedding, starting with the decoration and helping me keep everything under control, she’s going to be there the until the end of the wedding and take care of the cleaning up.
Post # 7
My wedding planner has been a lifesaver, mostly because we’re having an out-of-state wedding. She found our vendors, handled the contracts and organized payment schedules for someone as scatterbrained as me. She will also be there the day of with a thorough schedule and will insure you are not stressed out by the little things so you can actually enjoy the day 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I’m not using one, but if I were, I’d think the benefit would be that they can give you that charming DIY look that is actually near impossible to DIY at any reasonable cost, because they have access to so many supplies and suppliers and all those connections.