Can you really afford a Wedding Planner...?
Updated: Dec 31, 2019
The answer is a solid YES!- because planners come in all different packages & budgets so don't be afraid to look for your perfect match!
Most couples assume that there is only the all-singing, all-dancing, SUPER EXPENSIVE planner, but times have changed and flexibility is key so we're seeing more options that work around each couple's specific needs. Of course we'd all love to have a royal or Kardashian-West wedding fund and it's easy to get carried away, but numbers don't lie so first-things-first: dream big, then get real.
So what's the difference between a planner and a coordinator and how do you decide which is best for you? We've outlined our take on the difference along with some practical advice from a recent article in Brides magazine which gives some clarity between the two.
A Wedding Planner will take care of every little detail from start to finish and will be your eyes, ears & sanity throughout the process. They will put in a LOT of time and work with you to manage your invitations, guests, logistics, budget, bridal shower & your wedding as a full project. Trust is key and you need to make sure you have a solid understanding of each other because this is the third party in your wedding until you say 'I Do'- and sometimes even after!
Brides Magazine says... Hire a Wedding Planner If...
You have the budget for it.
You want the least possible amount of wedding-related stress.
You have no free time because of a demanding job.
You have no clue where to start when it comes to planning, and your organisational skills aren't the greatest.
You have a very short time frame for planning.
You're throwing a destination wedding and/or a wedding weekend involving multiple events.
You're hosting your wedding in an unusual space (read: not a hotel, restaurant, or banquet hall).
A Wedding Coordinator is somewhere in-between, so you'll need to decide what bits of the wedding you need help with that fit into their 'package'. For example, you can organise your entire wedding yourself, but hire a coordinator for the month of or the day-of to make sure that all your plans fall into place. Likewise you can use a coordinator to introduce you to suppliers- hotels, transport, entertainment or florists- then manage the actual bookings and details yourself. This is a good option for a smaller budget as you can limit the services but also if you prefer to keep complete control of every aspect.
Brides Magazine says... Hire a Wedding Coordinator If ...
You want to play an active role in planning your wedding but would like someone to take care of the last-minute details and make sure you haven't missed anything.
You're extremely organized and detail-oriented.
You don't have the budget for a full-service wedding planner.
If you do decide to take the plunge and plan solo, one thing we would definitely recommend is to make sure you have someone take care of the details on the day. You'll be preoccupied with butterflies, vows, hair, makeup and ideally quaffing champagne- not managing suppliers & seating plans right before you walk down the aisle!