If you are planning a wedding, you may be considering hiring a wedding planner. Wedding planners are an added expense but they can be worth it in the long run. They can make things run more smoothly and efficiently and find low cost staffing, which are money saving steps that can make up for their expenses. They can also save you a lot of stress and emotional turmoil.
If you are still not sure if a wedding planner is right for you, read on to find out exactly what a planner does so you can determine if their services are worth the expense.
How Much Does a Wedding Planner Cost?
A wedding planner’s costs will vary depending on where you’re located, what type of wedding you are having and the services included in your package. However, the average amount you will spend is $1850. That may seem like a lot, but when you think about everything that is included in that amount, it might just be worth it.
What Does a Wedding Planner Do?
There are different types of wedding planners that may be responsible for different aspects of planning your wedding. Here are some of the responsibilities that may be included in the packages they offer.
- Correspondence: When you are planning a wedding, it’s likely there will be tons of vendors involved. Caterers, videographers, florists, musical entertainment and photographers are just some of the vendors you will need to communicate and coordinate with. A wedding planner will be in charge of corresponding with all your vendors to make sure everyone is on the same page.
- Venue Selection and Tours: Of all the things involved in your wedding planning, the venue where your wedding will be held is one of the most important. It will set the whole vibe for your wedding and it also must provide the accommodations that are necessary in making your wedding a success. Finding the right venue is a time-consuming process but your planner will make it as stress free as possible finding venues that work within your budget and that provide the accommodations you need. They will also schedule tours so you can check out the venues first hand to decide if they are right for you.
- Vendor Meeting and Selection: Finding the right vendors is almost as important as finding the right venues. It’s likely your planner already has vendors that he or she can trust to do a good job; but you will have the final say. Therefore, your planner will set up interviews so you can meet each vendor and find ones you are happy with. They will also review vendor contracts to make sure there won’t be any hidden surprises.
- Organizing Documents: During the planning of a wedding, a lot of paperwork can accumulate. This includes bills, contracts, financial documents and more. Your planner will keep all documents organized to make sure they are easily accessible if they need to be edited or reviewed.
- Wedding Prep: Beyond hiring vendors, plans must be made to ensure every part of your wedding day runs smoothly. Your planner will be on hand to oversee every detail from your décor to your escort cards to make sure there are no unforeseen hiccups.
- Coordination: The activities of a wedding must be well coordinated. This includes the arrival of the guests, the ceremony and reception, wedding dances, the serving of food and more. Your planner will spend hours making sure all activities are coordinated and get there early on the day of your wedding to see to it that everything goes as planned.
- Post Wedding Tasks: Your wedding may be over, but that doesn’t mean your wedding planner’s work is done. After the wedding ends, the planner must make sure all rental items are returned and follow up with vendors, family members and more.
- Business Expenses: In addition to the time a planner spends organizing a wedding, he or she also has their own business expenses to cover. This can include renting an office, office supplies, internet bills and more. A planner must account for these expenses and make sure they are covered in the amount they are charging their clients. Clearly a wedding planner has a lot on their plates. After reviewing all of their duties and responsibilities, the amount they charge may seem like a drop in the bucket. And when you consider what it would be like to shoulder these burdens on your own, taking the plunge may just be worthwhile.
So, what do you think? Will you be hiring a planner for your special day?