Post # 1
Hi, I am wondering if people hire wedding planners or not for their weddings. I am not from the U.S. and in my country, it is very usual to hire a wedding planner. But, I heard in the US people don’t really hire wedding planners, so I am curious if it is true or not. I also would love to know that if you don’t hire a wedding planner, how do you plan your wedding?
Post # 2
I didn’t hire a full wedding planner, but I am hiring a day-of coordinator to hand over the reins on the day itself- she’ll make sure that things stick to schedule, that items go on the correct tables, etc. and handle any issues that come up during the day. I think it’s absolutely worth it to have someone emotionally removed from the day who can make decisions!
Without a wedding planner, I just did research on my own on vendors. We looked at reviews from other brides, visited a couple of venues, and sent lots of emails! Unless you’re on a time crunch or are planning your wedding from a different location, I don’t think you need a full wedding planner.
Post # 3
I have a DOC that was included in my photography package (it’s a studio with a bunch of different wedding professionals). If I wouldn’t have had one included in the package I chose, I probably wouldn’t have hired one.
I don’t think you need a full wedding planner unless you’re having an extravagant or very large wedding, or if you have an extremely busy personal life where you really can’t devote any time to planning.
Part of the reason my Fiance and I are having a long engagement is so that I can take my time planning and not feel rushed, and not have to hire a full on wedding planner. I’ve found it not to be that difficult.
I think a DOC is a good compromise, because she will be there the day of to help with set up and making sure things run according to plan.
Post # 4
We are not hiring a wedding planner, as my fiancé’ and I have pretty much planned the entire wedding. My fiancé and I have made calls to all the vendors. We are both crafty and have diy’d items for the wedding. We are doing the decorations for the ceremony and reception ourselves. We will be hiring a day of coordinator to make sure the day goes well and handle things for us on that day.
Post # 5
We are also hiring a day of coordinator for our wedding this way we can enjoy the day and leave all the timelines to the coordinator. Be sure to interview a few coordinators so you can gauge their work ethic, compatibility and pricing. You can also ask other vendors if they recommend anyone. Good luck!
Post # 6
We didn’t hire a wedding planner and it didn’t feel necessary at all. Our Day of Coordinator was worth her weight in gold though!
Post # 7
Im not. If I had a lot of extra money maybe but im good at planning our venue gives us are cordinator and I am using weddingwire.com which has great planning tools
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
I hired a partial planner. I had a lot of the details in place when she came on board, but she took care of all the flowers and decorations, got in touch with all the vendors to sort out arrival times, and ran the show the day of. She was great and I’m so glad I had her to select and arrange the decor. I don’t have the eye for it and she did an amazing job.
Post # 9
We probably will. My first choice of venue requires a wedding planner (they might allow a DOC instead, I need to check). And I think the cost would be worth it to have a professional to handle some of the logistics.
Post # 10
I hired a wedding planner due to the fact that my fiance and I are doing the bulk of our planning 4,000 miles from our venue location, and because I have absolutely no ties to the location (my Future Mother-In-Law does, but that’s another story!). She’s been great, recommending vendors, coordinating rentals, handling timelines and the overall look and feel of the ceremony and reception, making sure everything ties together and is cohesive. Definitely worth the money!
Post # 11
I researched having a planner but the cost was to high 15% of my budget… Our wedding is low key anyway so doesn’t require a professional… I am hiring someone to make sure everything runs smoothly (as far as is possible) day of.
Post # 12
I have a coordinator through my venue who gives me preferred vendors, which has been awesome to have a starting place! And it is a plus that they are all familiar with the venue. I do the actual work with the vendors myself and I am not requred to go off the list of prefered vendors. She also has been helping me with things like the timeline of the day and how to work through all of the smaller details. I would highly recommend having a coordinator like this who can help you get started and be there for the day of.
Post # 13
I did not hire a planner. I absolutely,uterus hired a DOC & it was a great decision. I couldn’t have pulled off such a great wedding without her!
Post # 14
“If you don’t hire a wedding planner, how do you plan your wedding?” … you plan it yourself? Lol. You just research vendors and book them. It’s not common to have a wedding planner where I live in Australia. I don’t really see how it would be necessary to have one unless you’re having like a massive celebrity wedding. We didn’t have a DOC either but I do see the use in having one of those.
Post # 15
Wedding planners aren’t really a thing in my country either but out venue comes with a DOC which I think is worthwhile so you don’t have to run around stressing and organising on the day.