Budget Savvy Brides: $10K and Under

Should I hire a planner?

Hey ladies and gents! Alot of my things will be DIY, and I have an idea on who my venders will be but I know on that special day it will be alot of things that I won't be able to moniter sooo should I have a planner to help me during the last six months or is it not worth it?

Posted on November 17, 2010 at 2:35 am
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YES YES YES!!!! If you can afford to get partial or day of planning it is a LIFE and SANITY saver! There are details that you may not have thought about or new ideas she/he may have. ALSO most planners DRILL vendors to make sure they are not taking advantage of you. There are even some planners who will help you with your DIY's. I have a planner and she has saved me more money then I paid her. If you can afford one I say go for it.

Posted on November 17, 2010 at 7:45 am
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Thank you!!!!!

Posted on November 18, 2010 at 1:09 pm
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Anytime :~)

Posted on November 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm
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i would say hire a day of person but not a full planner for the last 6 mths


honestly the last 5 mths where the easiest part to me


i had all my vendors booked, i had most my diy done it really just became a waiting game i confirmed all my vendors via email


an i had someone day of to help set up an make sure everyone showed up, an she made sure that if anything was a little off i didnt know about it


so personally i wouldnt waste your money on a 6mth planner

Posted on November 29, 2010 at 8:06 am
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It also depends on the prices of the planners. My planner is doing full planning for $1000 and she has already saved me over $4000 bucks. So if its in your budget to get partial or day of I think its worth it if the price is right.

Posted on December 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm
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I did and it was soooo well worth it!  I only paid $595 and I know she saved me at least $1k in catering alone!  Not to mention she found me my baker and photographer which were both awesome!  :)  I loved the fact that I didn't have to do any setup or worry about cleanup on the day of the wedding/reception.  Neither did any of my family or friends!  It was nice to be able to just relax about that after all the stresses of planning/diy/etc.

Posted on December 2, 2010 at 12:39 am
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I am getting one! I am in the process of deciding between 3 now! I'm just planning on a DOC though as I too am doing a lot of DIY.

Posted on December 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm
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Hiring a wedding planner depends on your venue. If you are getting married at a hotel, most have event planner on staff. When you book the hotel you pay for the event planners service. Therefore, there is no need for a wedding planner. If you are getting married anywhere else, then a wedding planner is a must. They can help eliminate your stress when trying ti plan a wedding, they know what needs to be done on the day of the wedding, they can solve unexpected problems that come up so you never know, and they often can save you money when dealing with vendors. They have tips and tricks to make your budget stretch farther.
Posted on December 10, 2010 at 5:06 am
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Yikes! On a 10,000 budget a $1000 IS 10% of that!! Thank Of what you can get with that $1000! Ours is paying for our honeymoon! All of the tools are avaible to you to get what you need at the price you need, we are in a diffrent time, planners no longer hold the golden rolodex! Behold the INTERNET! Prices are not set in stone for vendors its as easy as asking: is that the best price you can give me? Its a yes or a no! There are 1000's of vendors in any given area that are all compeating for your wedding, make them work for you before you even hire them!

Posted on February 8, 2011 at 5:59 am
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I think you do what is best for you. A DOC is a life saver from what I have heard from most brides.  If I didn't need the help, I would have hired a DOC. But you what is best for you and your sanity.

Posted on February 8, 2011 at 9:44 am
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Wow!!! All of you have given me allot to think about. <sigh> Into the fray I go..

Posted on February 13, 2011 at 3:55 am
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I would recommend someone to be charge on the day of your wedding.  There were so many little details that had to be managed by someone: letting the caterer and baker in, lighting candles, final walkthrough for flowers, greeting guests as they arrived, etc.  It was so easy to have one person with a master time-line for all of the little details.  

Posted on February 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm
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I was wondering did you decide on a planner, or a day of coordinator?

Posted on March 6, 2011 at 10:56 am
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I would definitely recommend having someone for the day of, but they don't necessarily need to be a planner by trade. I'm lucky & my grandma's a planner!

Posted on March 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm
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I would say yes.  Most of my things were DIY also and I was trying to figure out how I was going to do set up.  Our ceremony/reception all day time early afternoon so no way I could do it.  I can't even get into the reception venue until 7am.  In the end it's proven much better to have someone available for me to do all of this.  We lucked out in that DH had a small windfall of money so is paying for our DOC's services.

Posted on March 17, 2011 at 8:03 am
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if you have the money to pay for one but don't have the time for all the nitty gritty details then i guess its essential. i plan to maybe just have a DOC. i know there are some planner that offer "month of" planning for entire month before and on the wedding day or 2weeks before and on the wedding day. that may help cut the price a bit

Posted on March 21, 2011 at 11:29 am
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I asked a friend to be DOC for me. I'm offering a place for her to stay for 2 nights (our wedding is out of town for everyone) and will come up with some kind of nice gift for her too.

Posted on December 13, 2011 at 10:21 am
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I think you have to know what your budget is and whether or not you can accommodate. I think a day of coordinator is a great idea, and at the very least I want to invest in this because I do not want to have to be worried about day of details and don't want my family so wrapped up in it either, I want everyone to enjoy the day. I plan to interview a few people and if the cost is reasonable I may even consider a wedding planner and this is only because we have less than 6 months to plan a July 2012 wedding and I am an accounting working through tax season therefore I know I will have limited time.


Good luck!

Posted on January 21, 2012 at 6:54 am

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