What to Expect to Pay a Wedding Planner
The most stressful part of a wedding is most likely the planning, especially for those of us that don’t like a thousand details and decisions thrown at us all at once. That’s why there is a wonderful person who comes in and turns your special day into something magical with significantly less stress and that is the wedding planner.
If you have the extra budget for it then a wedding planner is the miracle worker you need. Wedding planners are usually booked very early before the wedding as they are involved in much of the planning process. One of the big things they will help you with is vendors and your wedding checklist! The best wedding planners know who the best vendors are for photography, lights, DJ, catering, etc. and they will work with whatever budget you give them.
The wedding planner’s job is to make sure that you stay within budget with all of your vendors. Most planners will go with you to vendor meetings to ensure that you are getting the best deal and quality work. Menu tastings? If you want them there, they’ll be there. Help with the timeline of the wedding? They’re on top of that too! Everything from budget, vendors, timeline, and hotel arrangements a wedding planner is there to help you along the way with all of it.
Wedding planners are a dream come true when it comes to taking the stress off of your shoulders and ensuring that you get to enjoy your special day but it does come at a cost. The prices for planners differ based on if you want a full-time, part-time, or hourly planner. The full-time planner is there with you from the beginning, a part-time planner usually comes in about a month before and helps iron out details, and an hourly planner comes and helps wherever you need it.
Types of Wedding Planners
The type of planner you choose determines your budget especially since every planner charges differently. Some charge a percentage of your overall wedding costs, a flat fee, or then hourly; it’s important to know how your planner charges before making a final decision.
And now, their cost. A day-of wedding planner’s rates can start at $800 but range from $2,300-$6,000 for a day-of coordinator. For partial wedding planners, the average starting rate is $1,350 but can go as high as $6,000 depending on how long they have been in their profession. For a full-time planner, you could be paying anywhere from $3,000 – $12,000 if you want top-notch professionals.
Lastly, there are those planners who will work by the hour and come in to help you when needed, but you have to be careful because those hours add up before you know it. Throwing out numbers that high can be a little daunting. In reality, the average person will spend about $2,500 on a wedding planner.
Worth the Cost?
Since wedding planners are there to help you stay on budget you are saving money to some extent since you have someone there to always hold you accountable. If you have room in your wedding budget for a planner, here’s your sign to get one.