Worth the money?? I’ve been getting hit with crazy prices and it really includes nothing that I can’t do myself. I need someone that will decorate and execute my idea for a decent fee. I was think along the lines of 3k for a fee but ppl are saying 10K-25k Yikessss!!!
If you’re looking to save, I suggest a month of coordinator - someone who comes through to tie up all the loose ends, do your final site visit, floor plan, etc., run your rehearsal, and make sure everything goes smoothly on the day of with the schedule, vendors, etc. I think that’s a must have. If you want support with full event design and some other aspects (their time and expertise; not the actual design items), you may want to think about a partial planner who can assist with event design and vendor selection along the way. I think full planners are great if you want more guidance, don’t have time to plan, and most importantly, have the budget. Everyone’s packages are different but in the DC area, research for my month of coordination needs led me to planners charging $1500-5500.
I have a wedding planner who is also doing the day of coordination. I picked her as a planner because she had great reviews and had an affordable package. That being I am paying under $1k for her services in total. But I was quoted$1k-$4k in the process of finding this wedding planner.
Also, anyone charging $10k-25k is probably a full service planner and/or is quoting you for the hard costs of rental items, florals, lighting and whatever else goes into your design and is likely suggesting that they’ll help you secure everything you need for the price. What you’ll ultimately find worth the money depends on the details of your design idea. There are so many factors.
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That what I thought, but no that’s not the case. 10,000 would be just their service fee and then I would still have to pay for rentals, food, decoration fee etc... I found that to be crazy.
Plenty of people plan their weddings without a planner, especially many of the people you'll find on here. A month of/day of coordinator is a great alternative for less cost. They deal with all the day of details. Also, depending on your venue, they may have an event planner. My venue had an event planner who served as my DOC. She coordinated everything at the venue and it all worked out well without me having to pay extra for a coordinator.
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Yikes but also, I get it! I also started with a dream planner and a $10k quote. So I was hopeful that $25k at least included more than some assistance. Lol. Anyway, I’ve since learned that with enough time spent shopping around, you can always find something more budget friendly without sacrificing quality. In planning on my own, Instagram has been my #1 search tool.
Def. don't think a wedding planner is worth it. The only way I'd get a planner, is if they were included with our venue. I like to plan things on my own timeline without somebody else helping me. I find it to be more stressful than it is helpful.
I do highly suggest getting a day of coordinator though. They'll help with everything the day of the wedding and are there to make sure all of your vendors are on the same page, and that you're enjoying your day stress free!
I have a day of coordinator to help and they will be there during the rehearsal and full wedding day. They have went to all my appointments with me so they know exactly what i am wanting and will be on site at 9 am to set up, coordinate and take down everything. If i let myself take care of everything on my wedding day i would drive myself crazy and be late getting ready hahah
The only thing I think is necessary is a day of coordinator. We had a planner, and we mainly used her for securing all of our rentals. I enjoyed doing the research and vendor interviews myself. We basically told her what we wanted and she took care of it for us. She was also our DOC which was a life saver. Her and her staff decorated, set up, and broke down our entire wedding!
100% get a DOC instead of a full service planner. If you want full control over all the details, but don't want to be juggling vendors day-of, it is worth your sanity to hire help for the wedding day. You do NOT want people calling you asking where the florals go when you are trying to relax getting hair and makeup done. You want to outsource that, and NOT to your MOH or your mom.
I think thousands of dollars is way too much but also depends on what they are doing. I just needed someone for the day off and corresponding with my vendors. I would say do your research and keep doing research. I sent out so many emails and requests before finding a planner.
I considered a wedding planner but found that I'm already covering all of my bases. Our venue offers a Day Of Coordinator and I've enlisted one of my friends to be my bridal assistant to finish up loose ends. $10,000 is steep, sheesh.