Are you recently engaged and thinking about hiring a wedding planner? A wedding planner can can come in all different shapes and sizes including the services they offer. If your not sure which service to offer or even where to start let me give you some information about what a Full Service Wedding Planner does vs a Day of Service Coordinator to help you decide which is best for you.
Wedding planners start their services right away - planning from beginning to end. Day-of coordinators start their services roughly 4-6 weeks before the wedding. Couples should expect to dedicate 10 to 15 percent of their overall wedding budget to a wedding planner (Before you take a huge gasp, it’s well worth the investment). While a Day of Service Coordinator can cost you anywhere from $850 - $2,000 Prices will vary based on your location, your wedding day needs, how extensive the coordinator’s package is. A wedding planner guides you through the entire planning process including design assistance, vendor sourcing, budget management, etc. Whereas a day-of service coordinator steps in during the final few weeks before your wedding to fine-tune all the things you’ve already planned
The difference between a wedding planner and a day-of coordinator is that typically, a day-of coordinator does not really assist you with the overall wedding design or finding the venue or vendors. A wedding planner usually is one of the first vendors you would hire and they would help you hand select a vendor team that can execute your vision perfectly.
An experienced wedding planner offers you budget and management advice, contract negotiation, timeline creation, vendor and location selection, as well as design needs. Wedding planners have extensive contacts in the industry and can find you that vendors within your budget. They will also help you form a budget and prioritize what is most important to you. They can not only save you money but tons of time when it comes to researching different venues, vendors, and design elements. Most couples have never planned a large scale event before so it can be very daunting. Wedding planners have expertise in this area and can ensure that your day is exactly as you have imagined.
If you looking for a wedding planner but not sure which one is best for you book a free consultation to help figure out whats best for you.