Hiring a Professional Planner /
Coordinator can be a great investment in assuring the success or
your celebration. You will first need to determine whether or not
this is something you want to consider.
There are basically two kinds of
planners. A "Full service" Wedding planner, who will assist you with
the entire planning process and a "Day of" Coordinator who will work
with you at your ceremony and reception to make sure all is well
organized and goes according to plan. Deciding on whether to hire a
Planner / Coordinator will depend on some specific criteria:
The size of your wedding. Those
planning a large wedding with a budget exceeding the average
cost (over $25 K)
should definitely consider bringing in a Professional planner.
Your personal experience and
comfort level with planning such a large event. If you or your
family and friends have had experience planning a prior wedding
or other large event and feel comfortable handling these details
yourself, you may not require the services of a professional.
The capabilities of your
other wedding vendors. Some wedding venues and even Officiates
will assist in the planning of the wedding ceremony. Many
Reception venues will include some of same services that
Coordinators provide as part of their basic package.
Professional Wedding Reception DJ Entertainers will routinely
help you plan the details of your reception, coordinate with
other vendors and essentially, run your reception for you. If
your vendors possess this ability, then you may be able to elect
to go without a professional planner.
As with all Wedding vendors, there is
a wide range of what these services cost. A "Full service" Planner
and Coordinator will typically charge 15-20% of your wedding budget.
A "Day of" Coordinator will usually charge a flat rate fee
but some charge an hourly rate. It is
critical to know exactly what those fees include. We always
recommend having a contract with any Wedding service provider.
Before hiring any planner /
coordinator, you should research them first (look for on-line
reviews) and interview them in person. It is advisable to check with
their past clients as well as venues and with other wedding vendors
(Photographers, DJs, etc.) with whom they have worked with in the
past. You want to make sure that the person you select for this most
important job has the personality to work with you and your other
vendors and possesses the needed skills to help make your big day a huge success.
We have had the
pleasure to have worked with some outstanding Coordinators who we
would recommend. We'll be happy to provide their contact
information to you. Call or email our office for more information.