For years, celebrity wedding and event planner David Tutera has amazed audiences with his ability to plan gorgeous, one-of-a-kind weddings. Nowhere was that more clear than on the hit TV show, My Fair Wedding, where he takes (often disastrous) wedding concepts and transforms them into something beautiful.
But beyond his expertise and enormous budget for his clients, one thing Tutera shows is how a wedding planner can try transform your event, and even help with more mundane details, like making sure the ceremony starts on time.
You don’t have to have a limitless budget for a wedding and event planner, though: here are your top questions, answered.
How much do wedding and event planners cost?
It depends on any number of factors, but in general, full-scale wedding and event planners will cost a good deal more than day-of-coordinators, given that they’re handling a lot more duties, and over an extended period of time.
In 2015, the average cost of a day-of -coordinator was $1,500, and a full-service planner was $5,000 to $10,000 on average. It’s likely prices have risen a bit, and you could also be subject to extra fees or charges, so make sure you get a firm estimate of how much the planner or coordinator will cost before you book.
Is it worth getting a wedding and event planner?
A full wedding and event planner can help a great deal, especially if both the bride and groom have full-time jobs and other responsibilities. In fact, wedding planning itself can take 6 months or more of hours per week.
And if coordinating, keeping track of budgets and vendors and trying to come up with an overall vision isn’t your thing, it’s worth at least considering hiring someone to help. If wedding planning is causing arguments or you don’t have family members to help, at least take a look at hiring a full-service planner.
That said, day-of-coordinators arguably are the best value. If you do have the time and ability to plan, and a smaller budget, coordinators will save a lot of headaches so you can actually enjoy your wedding day. Without one, you’ll need to make sure someone is both willing and able to coordinate a basic timeline.
Is there ever a reason you wouldn’t want a wedding and event planner?
If you have a very small budget, and/or an intimate guest list (think 50 or under), it’s possible you won’t need one.
Finally, where can I find an event planner?
Search accredited databases like The Knot to find one in your area, or ask a bridal consultant if he or she knows of anyone.
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