Wedding Planners – Where to find them and can you afford them?
Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful. That’s why some brides choose to go with hiring a professional wedding planner to handle all of the ups and downs, caterers, set up and break down and much more.But what do wedding planners cost? If you’re not careful, that additional 15 percent of your overall wedding budget may tip your piggybank upside down.
According to huffingtonpost.com, hiring a full-service planner ranges from $5,000 to more than $10,000, depending on experience and demand. And if you’re not building that cost into your overall budget, you might freakwhen you get the bill.
“I take all the stress away and handle every issue on wedding day so that the bride and groom can enjoy and relax,” said wedding planner Stacie Baines. “When they book me as their planner, I offer a lot of props and decorations the bridal party can use for free. That’s one of the advantages of booking a wedding planner. For example, I have all kind of doors, arches, fabric, slabs, vases, tubs, wagon and lanterns in my arsenal compared to a bride going out and buying all of these in addition to what they’ve already spent on the wedding.”
What’s included in a wedding planning package varies from service to service, but, as an example, Baines offers all-inclusive planning packages custom-priced and simpler wedding coordination billed by the hour. “There are also available packages that can include wedding coordination, flowers, decorations, photographer, DJ, photo booth, video, caterer and cake,” said Baines. “The bride just has to decide what she needs and I’ll make it happen!”
If you’re looking around at other pricing options, we also found a great article that talks about the breakdown of different costs of wedding planning packages and what services are included in each of them. The list costhelper.comprovides can be found helpful for brides who don’t know what they do and don’t need on their wedding day quite yet.
One big benefit of hiring a planner is more implied than explicitly written in the contract: Many have connections that could potentially bring you vendor discounts. Most planners have a tight network where they can pull certain favors that you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to get.
A wedding planner’s job is to point out the things that you wouldn’t ordinarily think of, said Peachy Keen’s wedding planner, Victoria Baggett. “A lot of brides don’t know what to expect when it comes to caterers and venues. I help balance out our bride’s budget items and identify what they have the money for and what they need to scale back on. It’s important to always direct people towards weighing out what means the most to them and what’s going to leave a lasting impression on their special day instead of what they think is customary. There are definitely WRONG ways to plan a wedding, but there is no single right way to plan a wedding.”
Baggett offers these three tips when planning a wedding:
1) Do your research. On everything. Look at multiple options but don’t overwhelm yourself with too many options. That leads to unnecessary overspending.
2) Put your emphasis on the things that will last. Ask yourself such questions as “Will I watch that wedding video again and again?” or “Will I throw the guest sign book in the closet and never look at it again?” Don’t invest in what you won’t use in the future.
3) Delegate some things on the wedding day to friends and family (or coordinators) to make sure the actions and decisions that need to take place are not going to fall on the bride and the groom. It’s your day not to stress. Have someone do it for you.
But whomever you pick, if you start to feel like you’re being steered in a direction you don’t like, that’s the time to stop and make sure your planner is onboard with the wedding YOU want to have, not just the one that the planner is rushing you toward. It’s a little like marriage itself: If it’s not a good fit, it can be a disaster.
DIY Planning alternatives
· If you can’t squeeze a wedding planner in your budget, then you can always make the effort to plan it yourself. We’ve got a great collection of pins on our Pinterest Page to help you coordinate your wedding just how you want it.
· If décor is your thang, try scoping out some your local Dollar Tree for affordable table toppers and filler décor.
· Ask your friends and family if they have any old doors, fresh cut wood or metal arches laying around to craft the perfect wedding arbor! Amazon.com has great floral décor to decorate affordably and beautifully.
Pro Tip: Most DJs go over how the wedding ceremony and reception will flow with their client beforehand. If you have a friend or parent who’s good with handling vendors and organization, then hiring a DJ instead may be the way to go!
If you’ve done what you can with negotiating wedding costs and you still find yourself with a gap between budget and price tag, check out how a LendingPoint personal loan can help with your plans. We’ll quickly tell you how much you qualify for, and you can choose the loan option that suits you best. Applying is simple and easy. Your loan could be deposited in your account in as little as one business day. Apply now and see!