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How Much Does a Wedding Planner Cost?

 
low costLow: around $1,500average costAverage: $3,262high costHigh: around $5,000+
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While many bridal consultants used to charge a percentage of the wedding budget -- usually 10 to 20 percent -- most now prefer to use an hourly, or more commonly, a package rate. Most planners have at least three types of packages: day of service, consulting and full-service planning.

Typical costs:

  • For about $1,500, a day-of planner will help create a wedding timeline, confirm with vendors and handle the wedding day.
  • For about $3,700, a planner will handle the wedding day and offer planning advice and guidance, but will make the couple do the pre-wedding footwork, such as making phone calls.
  • For about $5,000, a full-service planner will plan the wedding and handle most details and the wedding day. That rate sometimes goes much higher -- possibly $10,000 or more for an in-demand planner with ten years or more experience, according to i-do Weddings[1] .
  • The cost varies greatly by region. The average total cost for a wedding consultant is $3,636 in the northeast and $2,635 in the south. The national average is $3,262, according to The Association of Bridal Consultants[2] .
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What should be included:
  • For a day-of package, a planner usually will confirm with vendors, help the couple create a wedding-day timeline and handle wedding-day details from start to finish.
  • For a consulting package, a planner might recommend venues and vendors, offer advice on colors and style, provide etiquette advice and help the couple stay on track with their planning -- but will not handle legwork and small details. On the wedding day, though, the planner will interact with vendors and make sure the day goes smoothly.
  • A typical full-service planners help set the style and colors, help find ceremony and reception venues, recommend vendors, accompany the couple to food and cake tastings and screen vendor contracts. Some will even send invitations and track RSVPs. On the wedding day, the planner usually puts in a full day troubleshooting, handling last-minute details and keeping the event on schedule.
  • Tip: Since packages and services vary from planner to planner, it is important to clarify in writing exactly which services are included.
Additional costs:
  • While it is not expected, some couples tip a wedding planner about15 percent for excellent service -- but a gift of a restaurant or spa gift certificate is more common than a cash tip.
Discounts:
  • One option is do-it-yourself planning, using online checklists or a book as a guide. TheKnot.com[3] offers a 12-month checklist.
  • Half.com[4] offers a number of used books on wedding planning, and Amazon[5] offers new books.
  • Some brides link up with another local bride through message boards on sites such as TheKnot.com[6] and trade day-of coordination services. Trusting a non-professional can be risky, but it saves money.
  • Tip: According to the Association for Wedding Professionals International[7] , many wedding professionals can lower their fees if you bargain.
  • Some wedding planners can get discounts from vendors, and most pass those along to their clients.
  • Wedding planners sometimes give a 10 percent discount for couples who get married in a slow month, such as January or February.
Shopping for a wedding planner:
  • To find a wedding planner, ask friends or other vendors -- such as bridal salons, photographers or caterers. Or, The Association of Bridal Consultants[8] can provide referrals to local consultants. When you get a few names, call or set up meetings to see which consultant fits best with your needs, budget and personality.
  • It is important to make sure hiring a consultant will be worth the money, both in saving time and reducing stress, as well as getting discounts. TheKnot.com[9] offers a list of questions to ask a wedding consultant before signing a contract.
  • Tip: Start looking for a wedding consultant as early as possible. Most wedding consultants cannot handle more than one wedding on a single day, and popular dates and weekends book months in advance.
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Detaille Weddings & Events
Amount: $1,495.00
Posted by: Vicky Olivo in Hartford, CT.Posted: October 9th, 2014 06:10PM
Type: Wedding PlannerName: Vicky
Détaillé offered us exceptional service, for a reasonalble cost! We truly enjoyed the planning process! Cindy is very experienced and truly knows how to pull off a flawless event.
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modern elegance
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: shemika little in warner robins, GA.Posted: December 31st, 2013 09:12AM
Type: wedding planner/macon,gaName: shemika
LT our wedding planner took care of everything she gave us a 25000 wedding with a 5000 budget hair make up deals caterers u name it.....
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Awesone Wedding
Amount: $750.00
Posted by: Patricia Manley in Fitzgerald, GA.Posted: July 29th, 2013 04:07PM
Type: Wedding PlannerName: Manley's Unique Design
Our wedding was about to be a disaster, but thank God for Patricia, we sat down and told her we had 6 weeks before our wedding day and things were not coming together. Manley's Unique Design took over and I'm still amazed at how things came together and how beautiful our wedding day was. We're thankful for Patricia!
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EventfullOccasions
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: anna weston in west palm beach, FL.Posted: July 13th, 2013 03:07PM
Type: weddingName: Anna, west palm beach
I was having a hard time planning, and coming up with exactly what I want. My wedding was about 2 months away and I didn't have anything book, I realize that I need some help I called a few wedding planners and there was so expensive and because I had such a short time before the wedding no one really wanted the stress until I called eventfull occasions they were so friendly and met with me right away. They took the stress out of all the big and small stuff me wedding turned out a success and all my friends and family loved what they did. I recommend then to everyone there awesome 561-777-9158
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Wedding Planner Extraordinaire
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: Morgan J. in Atlanta, GA.Posted: November 18th, 2012 04:11AM
Type: Wedding Planner/CoordinatorName: Events with Flair
What a great decision to hire Events with Flair to coordinate my wedding! Initially, I attempted to plan my own wedding, and have a couple of friends to assist on my wedding day. Quickly the stress of working a day-to-day job and planning a wedding became overwhelming. With only three months until my wedding date, Regina from Events with Flair took over planning my wedding. She effortlessley assumed the details, followed up with my vendors, and more importantly relieved me of stress. As a result, the wedding day went very well, and her added decorative touches and planning ideas really did wow my guests. She was very personable, and really understood our wedding vision. Her team came in an really made the event enjoyable for us, as well as our guests.
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As You Wish
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: Elizabeth O'Conner in Cincinnati, OH.Posted: April 25th, 2012 02:04AM
Type: Wedding PlannerName: Elizabeth O'Conner
We used As You Wish Event Planning for our wedding. The owner, Kristen Hess-Winters was our planner and did a wonderful job. I never had to worry about a single detail. She made sure my day was stress free, ran smoothly and it went off withou a hitch. I would recommend this company to anyone if you looking... They are awesome!
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Everlasting Impression
Amount: $4,000.00
Posted by: Nicole C. Binion in Lynwood, IL.Posted: February 7th, 2012 10:02AM
Type: Wedding / Baby ShowerName: Nicole Binion
My wedding and reception was more than I could have asked for. It was one of the most important events of mine and my husbands life! The flowers, center pieces and linens were beautiful, LaQuisha of Q-Nique Flowers and Event Planning was AWESOME and PROFESSIONAL! She provided an elegant yet inexpensive event for us. People are still talking about our wedding and reception. Not only did she do our wedding she also planned our baby shower which people where in awe of the look and style that LaQuisha provided for us!! The decor was absolutely Beautiful!!! I highly recommend her services!!!
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50th Wedding Anniversary
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Palina in San Diego, CA.Posted: January 6th, 2012 01:01PM
Type: Full PlanningName: Luxury Party
My parents were soon to have their 50th wedding anniversary my sister and I decided at the last minute, one month before to be exact to celebrate them in a big way! Both our work schedules did not allow for the planning of such. We dicided to call Luxury Party a place several of our friends had used. I spoke to Maria the party planner and right away we knew we wanted to give them a try. She met us at our house and after a long list of things we wrote down on paper we wanted with our tight budget and a guest list of 200. She put us at ease and told us to give her a day to put things together and she would get back at us. The rest is history... Not only did she work with our budget she also made our parents 50th the most beautiful party we ever had! She was extremly nice, calm and talented. She has been in the business for over 20 years. I would recomend her again anytime!!!!
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A STEPP ABOVE WEDDINGS AND EVENTS
Amount: $1,400.00
Posted by: S.S in Atlanta, .Posted: September 25th, 2011 08:09AM
Type: Full PlanningName: A STEPP ABOVE WEDDINGS AND EVENTS
We booked A Stepp Above Weddings and Events to plan and coordinate our wedding ceremony and recption. Let's first say that she is a tough cookie. She will get everything and everyone in order. She was detailed and made sure that my husband and I stayed on top of things. She was very prompt in replying to emails and phone calls. The day of was great, if something went wrong we were stress and worry free because we had no idea and was able to enjoy our day. Hiring her was a wonderful decision. We will be using her to renew our vows in 5 years.
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Vintage Ivy Events
Amount: $4,500.00
Posted by: Jackee in Richmond, VA.Posted: September 9th, 2011 07:09AM
Type: Full PlanningName: Vintage Ivy Events
I must say this wedding planner has great attention to detail. Since I live in Georgia and my parents live in Richmond, VA I did not have the time to go back and forth to plan my wedding. I tried, but I felt so overwhelmed. So, I decided to contact Tope of Vintage Ivy Events after speaking with a few friends in the DC area. We spoke over the phone about the ideas and issues I have for my wedding and she was able to give me ideas of how to save money, from that moment I knew that she could put the wedding of my dreams together. With her pleasant attitude, professionalism, patience, and wedding planning knowledge she fulfilled my expectations. She also did the decor design for my wedding. I had flower balls on vases, tall floral centerpieces, and submerged flowers in vases. She saved me money by connecting me with the right vendors in the Richmond area since I don't live there. She kept me aware of everything that was going on. Check out, www.vintageivyevents.com. She is simply awesome!
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Great Planner!!!!!!!!!!!
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: Krystine in New York, NY.Posted: August 31st, 2011 07:08PM
Type: Wedding PlannerName: Elite Weddings & Events
So I booked Elite Weddings for my event, Joanna was my planner. She was refered to me by a friend who also loved her. The total budget for my wedding was $60,000, Joanna made my wedding look like a $100,000 wedding and kept me under budget by $10,000. I tipped her another $1000 just for saving us so much. Total cost for my wedding was $50,000 and it looked like something out of a fairytale.
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Wedding Planner
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: Jessica Smtih in Miami, FL.Posted: August 18th, 2011 02:08PM
Type: Wedding PlannerName: Infinite Wedding Block
We had a wonderful Wedding Planner. Unbelievable service and professionalism. She worked in the Finance Industry for years so she's so organized. When we looked at our flowers and decor we were blown away. She did Booking, decor and was there from beginning to end. Our guests were amazed at how much we paid for her.
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Wedding Planner
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: blushing bride in jacksonville, FL.Posted: August 8th, 2011 07:08PM
Type: Wedding PlannerName: Brenda Carter
My wedding planner was fantastic. She listen to every detail and filled in the blanks on whatever I forgotten. My wedding was about 3,00 but it look like 500.00 thousand. I would recommend her any day, she was like my planner best friend and confidant all rolled into one.
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The Planning Company, Inc.
Amount: $4,500.00
Posted by: PB Bride in Palm Beach, FL.Posted: August 6th, 2011 09:08AM
Type: Wedding PlanningName: PB Bride
These ladies are amazing!!! I got to enjoy the planning process and they handled all of the details. The day was seamless and incredible and one that we will never forget. Thank you!!!! Your team is just what a bride needs to have a stress-free planning experience.
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disaster wedding planner
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: christene in cape town, Other.Posted: June 13th, 2011 06:06AM
Type: weddingName: anonomous
we hired a wedding planner that turned out to be a disaster,nothing promised was met...the person doing the photos(included in quote)well she had looked like they found her along side the road and offered her a few rand to take photos?it has been 2 months now and have still not received any photos....the so called waitresses were young kids also looking like hobbos...a total disaster....
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Kathy Russell, Atlanta Georgia
Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: brightsmith in Charleston, SC.Posted: April 6th, 2011 09:04AM
Type: Traditional WeddingName: Kathy Russell Weddings
Kathy sat down with us and helped develop a realistic time line. She was on point and thought of every detail. She had a plethora of resources from which we could choose to help make my daughter's big day very elegant!!
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A Verna Event
Amount: $900.00
Posted by: Karen Michelle in Virginia Beach, VA.Posted: March 9th, 2011 03:03PM
Type: WeddingName: Karen
I hired Alexis with A Verna Event and she did a phenomenal job! It felt like such a relief once she started helping us with the planning. Every single thing we forgot, she remembered!! She was also quite flexible with us on the price. I don't think I could have done this all without her help; she made it a special day!!
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JR Event Planners of St. Louis, Mo.
Amount: $1,100.00
Posted by: Diva Donna in St. Louis, MO.Posted: March 5th, 2011 08:03AM
Type: Wedding PlannerName: Donna
I was one of those ppl that thought I could do it all myself. I started off fine and then things got all stressed. My fiance and parents sat me down and explaned that this should be the most stress free time of my life and introduced me to Mya and Patrice of JR Event Planners. Not to sound over the top but they SAVED MY LIFE!!! They were able to pick up where I left off and made my day extra special. These ladies took care of everything and I do mean everything. Since then I have used them in consulting situations as well as what I call simple events such as planning my parents anniversary party and family reunion. They are awesome.
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Party Planning by Jaz
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: Mrs. Doris Cruz in New York, NY.Posted: February 23rd, 2011 01:02PM
Type: "Wedding & Engagement ShootName: Doris & Frank
We hired Melissa and Lise' and they did all of our print design for everything in our wedding, helped us with flowers and decor and made our event magical. They were worth their weight in gold. The Wedding album was custom to our colors and wedding theme and is spectacular. We are still enjoying it six months later and all our friends loved the photography. If you are in the NYC Tri state area, do contact them! www.partyplanningbyjaz.info
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Wonderful Experience
Amount: $1,300.00
Posted by: maachah lee in gary, IN.Posted: February 2nd, 2011 09:02AM
Type: WeddingName: Qnique Events and Party Planning
I loved my planner she helped with everything so if you are looking for a planner and coordinater. I am in northwest Indiana and LaQuisha made my day so special with 150 and guest and a small budget she created the day of a life time. I am still getting compliments about our wedding from our guset. People wanted her information at the wedding. LaQuisha and her coordinater Althea were so professional and personal at the same time.
Thank you
Q-Nique Events
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