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Is it best to get a wedding planner?
Some of my friends say I do not need a wedding planner and some say I do? Would it be worth my while to get one?

Married: 08/14/2011
Posted On: Aug 31, 2010 at 4:25 PM | Vendors are allowed | Add to My Watchlist | Flag As Inappropriate

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Aug 31, 2010 at 4:31 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
If you are someone who doesn't handle stress well, by all means, choose an experienced wedding planner in your local area. The search here on WW can provide you with some great reviews to help you make the decision. Their prices are typically based on the level of service your event requires.
Aug 31, 2010 at 4:54 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Soundwave Entertainment,, Orlando

We highly recommend at least a day of coordinator! We DJ about 200 weddings a year and a DOC is a priceless investment!

Married: 2+ years ago
Reviews: 5
Sep 01, 2010 at 12:01 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
If you can afford one, then go for it! Doing it yourself saves you money but it is a lot of work for you.

2d Bride
Married: 10/06/2009
Reviews: 12
Sep 01, 2010 at 1:03 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
It really depends. We didn't have one. However, we spent a lot of time planning the wedding, and used a lot of nontraditional sources. If you have more money and less time, a planner can be a big help.
Sep 01, 2010 at 10:12 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
In the long run, hiring a wedding planner saves you both time and money. It takes between 100-200 hours of stress to plan a wedding. Wedding planners are both knowledgeable and more familiar with what is needed to plan your special day. Your planner can use their resources and their vendor connections to get you the best deals and get you more for you money. A planner is someone you can build confidence in and trust that they will provide you the best customer service possible. So yes, I say go for it. Hire a planner today.

Shades Shutters Photography

Shades Shutters Photography
Sep 01, 2010 at 10:49 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Speak with your vendors. Many have experience with the flow of the day. We, as photographers, are very involved with our couples and usually help in many areas that wedding planners cover. I find that they are most helpful for events that are not held at a wedding hall (like a park, mansion, etc...)
Good Luck and feel free to contact us with any questions.


studio G occasions
Sep 01, 2010 at 6:50 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Depends on how big the wedding will be, your tolerance for stress & multi-tasking, and how much help you have (professionals and family/friends.) If you can afford at least a DOC, its always a good idea.

Married: 10/31/2010
Reviews: 14
Sep 01, 2010 at 6:54 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I honestly believe in doing it yourself, only then will you know for sure if everything is as you want it to be. Then again, I'm about to go to school to become a wedding planner, lol!

Married: 09/10/2011
Sep 03, 2010 at 3:31 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Joshua, it really depends on how much time you have, the resources you have etc. I am planning my wedding w/o a coordinator. But I'm a very meticulous and detailed person. If your wedding isn't too intricate and you can keep track of the details like invoices, pay dates, liscenses etc then more power to ya! I'm enjoying evey day spent planning, mines been stress free for about 90% so far. Good Luck!

Married: 01/11/2012
Sep 05, 2010 at 8:09 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Look I am a bride to be AND a wedding planner. My answer is, it depends on what you need the WP for AND what your assets are.

If you are a good organizer, all you really need is a wedding coordinator for the day.

If you aren't a good organizer or if you make more money per hours on your job than you would need to pay the WP, then you might need one.

If you need to do wedding design, I suggest you are very cautious before hiring a wedding planner because a planner is a manager and doesn't have an artistic background.

PS a planner can ONLY deliver management, do not expect them to be able to do design, color matching or style matching. Some are able to do that but it's a rare skill.

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