(Closed) What percent of your budget was spent on a wedding planner?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Our venue included a day-of-coordinator which was part of the reason we picked it. So glad to have a professional there to help the day run smoothly, it makes me less stressed about the wedding day.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Florida

Budget is 7k for planner or for entire wedding? 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

We’re paying $7,345 for our planner so roughly 5.9% of our budget.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

10% of the budget was the planner. It’s a full service planner – she will do all the paperwork and bookings. Also includes a team of 8 people for the actual day. She will also be the commentator for the ceremony and the MC for the reception/program.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

0%. I don’t see the need to have one. We’re having a pretty small wedding and also have a tight budget. My mom and sister will be helping out, and the venue provides a coordinator to help direct guests.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Somewhere between 8-10%. I don’t know what the exact cost of our wedding was but remember the ballpark cost of the planner. Ours planned multiple days’ worth of events for us, so hiring her probably cost a higher percentage of our budget than if we had only used her services for one day.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We hired a day-of coordinator that’s about 5% of our total budget. 

If you’re just looking for someone to manage the buffet, then that doesn’t really sound like something a day-of coordinator would do. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Florida

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augustbridetobe2016 :  $800 seems pretty reasonable to me. In my area just day of coordinators start around $1500. Might be best to try to find someone new to the industry and try to get a deal that way

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We paid our coordinator $600; our budget was $20,000, so I guess she was 3% of our total budget.  She was more than a DOC, less than a full planner.  For example, she helped me with ideas (suggested we serve food family style, suggested reception layout), and she recommended vendors, but I handled all the bookings, and she did not go with me to meetings.  I feel like we got a great deal — her help was invaluable, and the price was reasonable.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

$5,000 full planner for $40,000 wedding. Best money I ever spent. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

A DOC I think is very handy. 

Our wedding is small with 50-75 guests. And I thought about not getting a planner. But I want my parents and cousins to be able to relax, enjoy the day and not have to run around, stress and make sure that everything is running smoothly. 

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Zero %! Maybe this is more typical of the UK where I live though. I did everything myself as I enjoy the design side. I would have preferred to do the set-up of the venue but it had to be done on the day at 8am when I was getting my hair done, so we arranged a young family friend to help the florist. I took photos to guide them and it was fine. My budget wasn’t tiny- it was about £20,000 with approx. 100 guests, and that left nothing for wedding planners at all. UK weddings are extortionate!

On the day, it’s traditional here for ushers (USA would call them groomsmen) to do the little tasks that need doing, like moving flower displays, taking coats, rounding up guests for photos. And the caterers helped a bit too- they seem to run the day once the ceremony is over. It really can be done without spending anything, as on this side of the atlantic it’s totally normal not to have a planner. I’m sure it is a ‘nice to have’ though!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

0% of the budget… I love planning, why give the fun to others

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