(Closed) Will you hire a wedding planner or not?

posted 4 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Will/Do you hire a wedding planner for your wedding?

    Yes, I do.

    No, I don't.

  • Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I’m not hiring a planner for three reasons: firstly, it’s money that I can spend elsewhere and I don’t feel a planner worth it for me, because secondly: I’m a control-freak and I don’t do well with any sort of professional help (I’ll never be able to have a cleaner either, lol).
    The last reason is also that I’ve taken some of the typical wedding planner roles and delegated them – one of my bridesmaids is actually studying to be a planner, so she’s getting to do a ton of test-running stuff with my wedding, and then my teen cousin is the “bridal executive assistant” and will be in charge of running errands and checking on things on the day-of.

    Post # 17
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    221 posts
    Helper bee

    I am not hiring a planner, but I do tend to be very organized and I have over a year to plan our wedding, so I felt pretty comfortable knowing that I could handle everything myself. I am using a two inch binder as my planner, and I use graph paper so everything stays super neat. I found that the easiest way to plan is to break everything down into project blocks, for things as big as booking a venue right down to decorations for the cake table. It is suuuuper helpful having everything all in one place, and I use my list of project blocks as an index so I can find everything easily. Before I approach each project block I take a day or two to reasearch everything I need to know. For example, when I was booking my venue I had a list of over twenty questions that I wanted to ask, and I left room for each answer so that it all ended up clean on each page. It was great having everything written down right in front of me so that I didn’t forget anything in the excitement 🙂 I also have page protectors in the back of my binder with all of the contracts for everything I have booked so far, as well as my wedding insurance information. I think ultimately, organization is your best asset in planning! 

    Post # 18
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Yes in almost all instances you should hire a planner. Its one of the most impoirtant days in your life and you dont want the added stress to make sure things go right–let that be someones elses stress! 

    Post # 19
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    246 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    I’m from the U.S. & am hiring a wedding planner. I need her to hold my hand throughout the whole process. 

    Post # 20
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    1238 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

    I didn’t hire a wedding planner. I did the research and booked all of our vendors myself. I used the timeline on TheKnot as a guideline for what I needed to do and when. I can’t imagine hiring someone to plan MY wedding.

    Post # 21
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

    Not. Didn’t see the need before and with less than three months to go I still think it would have been wasted money. Researching isn’t that difficult, planning wasn’t hard and I can’t imagine paying someone to do what I did with minimal effort. 

    Post # 22
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    825 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We just did not have the money to spend on this. We planned our own wedding, my Mom helped a lot. 

    Post # 23
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    207 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I’ve been an event planner for the past 10 years so I was confident that I’d be ok plus I didn’t trust myself to let someone else in charge of all the details. 

    If you can, I would hire a planner. They often save you a lot of time because they know who is reliable and can often get you better prices. They’ll also make sure you are on track. 

    Post # 24
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    I hired a wedding planner.  I wasn’t planning to since I don’t have a HUGE budget, and she’s taking a chunk of it, but 8 weeks into the venue search, I was obsessing and freaking out when I had trouble tracking down info and getting in touch with places.  This was especially true since I had a few “must haves”.  

    I also figure that I needed a month-of coordinator because I’m a graduate student getting married RIGHT at the end of the quarter, and I wasn’t going to be able to do the flurry of last minute communication without going nuts.  After thinking about all the things that goes into it, my ability to freak out about all the things if I’m in control of them, and my obscene work load (grad students really do work a lot.  I promise), I decided to expand what I needed my coordinator to do.  

    And she’s amazing.  I am actually ENJOYING the planning process, and that wasn’t going to happen if I was doing all the things (and I was- my mom hats parties and planning, my fiancee just wants me to be happy, and my Mother-In-Law will try to run all over me if I let her help).  If anyone is looking for a wonderful, not too expensive planner in the SF Bay Area, PM me.  

    Post # 25
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I have a wedding planner for my destination wedding. Had I had my wedding in the States, I probably wouldn’t have booked a full wedding planner, but I’d have definitely go through with a day of ceremony coordinator to help things flow. My wedding planner has been great in every way from making sure that our vendors are corresponding with us timely, aiding the transition of payments, setting up a timeline so that we have everything ready to go a few weeks before the event, and she’s also been a great source to talk to when feeling anxious, stressed, or anything else. 

    Post # 26
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    Nope, I don’t think there is any need unless it’s a massive wedding or you’re super busy in your everyday life. My fiance has organised transport, photography, cake and DJ, while I’ve done venue, flowers, decor and officiant. We confer with each other, presenting the options, before making a decision. I hope that the day is something we can both feel proud of putting together!

    Post # 27
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    480 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    I am not hiring a wedding planner.  FH and I are having an extremely long engagement (over 2 years), so we had the time to do things ourselves.  I am considering hiring a friend of the family as a day of coordinator, so that we don’t have to worry about the little details the day of the wedding, but other than that we are doing it ourselves.  It’s all about staying organized, so I have both a binder for everything paper (and print-outs of contracts), a folder in GoogleDrive that has guest lists, inspiration ideas, rough timelines, outlines, etc., and I’m using “the knot” as a backup checklist to just confirm that I have remembered to do everything (and it helps give me a time line of when to get things done).

    Post # 28
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    595 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

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    kanchan3 :  No wedding planner.  My mom is doign a lot of the planning.  Honestly she taught me everything I know about planning events, and she loves weddings.  My brothers said she drove my SILs crazy when they where getting married because she wanted to be involved in EVERYTHING.   IT makes her really happy and she’s staying in my style and budget.  Plus my Aunt is like a second mom, and she’s lookign for ways to help.  

    I’m just blessed with a lot of family support, otherwise I probably would elope.

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