Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. You must find the perfect wedding venue, the perfect dress, build a team of talent and make the dream wedding come true on a budget. There is a lot to plan and so much to consider. One of the biggest questions in wedding planning is whether a bride needs a wedding planner. Keep reading to discover the answer and some money-saving tips.
How Much Does a Planner Cost?
Before we go any further, let’s delve right into the cost. If you are considering hiring a wedding planner, you need to know how much it will cost. If you do not require a full-service wedding planner, you can utilize a concierge service at a wedding venue to build your wedding team of vendors. Concierge services are usually free for clients that book at a venue. If your venue has an in-house design team, planners and day of event coordination services, you could easily forego a planner. However, there are many services that wedding planners provide beyond a wedding venue that can make them worth the cost. If you require a full-service wedding planner, expect to pay about 20% to 30% of your entire wedding budget.
Wedding Planner and Day of Event Coordinator
There is a difference between a wedding planner and a day of event coordinator. Wedding planners consult with you and help you create a budget, choose a venue, design your entire wedding, build your vendor team, plan your timeline with you and assist with contract negotiations to save you money. Wedding planners usually offer day of event coordination services, either at an extra cost or built into a package. Day of event coordinators put the wedding plan that you create with the wedding planner into motion. They manage the guests, vendors and all of the logistics within the venue on your wedding day. Some day of event coordinators will assist with the rehearsal dinner.
Things to Consider
You should know which services you absolutely require, and which services you can do without. You might not need a full-service wedding planner, but require some planning, designing, help with a timeline and assistance with building your vendor team. When balancing the cost with the service, it is important to realize that wedding planners can help you save money with a network of vendors and negotiating contracts. They offer a link to the wedding industry, and have some money-saving tricks that can make them worth it. However, if you do not require full-service planning, you could save thousands more on wedding planning by booking with an all-inclusive venue and utilizing in-house designers, planners and day of event coordination services. The free concierge services can help you build your vendor team at the best rates.
Crystal Ballroom on the Lake
Crystal Ballroom on the Lake is an all-inclusive wedding venue with an in-house design team and planners that are dedicated to creating your dream wedding. Weddings include all of the furnishings, designs, chinaware, bartender services and banquet staff. Plan your wedding day and build your entire vendor team in one place. Crystal Ballroom vendors provide professional wedding services at reduced rates to save couples even more. Forego the expensive wedding planner, and begin planning your wedding day with Crystal Ballroom on the Lake.