How Hiring a Wedding Planner Can Lower Wedding Costs

How Hiring a Wedding Planner Can Lower Wedding Costs


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When planning a wedding, it is common for couples to feel they have to splurge and do their best to spend them. In order to relieve spending anxiety and help couples navigate all the responsibilities associated with wedding planning, many couples choose to hire a wedding planner to help coordinate the event.

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To offer some ideas on ways wedding planners can help lower wedding costs and help clients stay on or within their budget, here’s some expert information from the planners themselves.

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How do wedding planners help clients save?

Wedding experts bring their expertise to wedding planning in a way that goes beyond what a couple making their own plans can do.

They know where the ‘gotcha’ clauses are in the contracts and where lack of experience drives up costs, for example, more appetizer options than necessary and more bites per person than necessary when including a full meal afterward, said Marley Masher. CEO of The Party Goddess, a full service event planning and catering company.

In addition to knowing how to read contracts in favor of their clients, wedding planners can offer expert suggestions like having a signature drink alongside beer and wine instead of an open bar and planning the wedding on Sunday instead of Saturday night, according to Magescher. These suggestions cut costs without noticing the guests.

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In which budget areas do wedding planners save the most?

The most important parts of budget wedding planners are the venue, food, and entertainment in the event.

“Planners can save clients a significant amount of money by recommending a great DJ that gets everyone to the dance floor rather than a live band whose niche music appeals to some but not everyone,” said Masher.

In addition to lowering music costs, wedding planners often forged relationships with other people in the wedding industry that allow them to get deals for their clients that the couple wouldn’t be privy to on their own.

“Planners often have relationships with wedding venues and can not only get lower rates, but they can also get some costly items thrown in for free because of their connections,” Masher said.

In addition to helping their clients save costs, wedding planners also help busy couples save time.

“When doing the work of talking to vendors on behalf of a client, couples don’t miss hours of working time,” said JoAnn Moore, professional wedding planner and CEO of JoAnn Moore Weddings & Events. “Finding the right seller takes time. Let the planner help with the listing and work with the seller to include all of the customer’s needs that customers might not know to inquire about.”

How much does a wedding planner cost?

The amazing thing about using a wedding planner is that you can choose the type of plan you want based on your budget and wedding planning needs. The most common types of planners are full time, part time, month or day. Full-time planners help couples with everything from developing a color palette to creating a seating chart and day responsibilities. Partial planners can help with specific wedding tasks such as creating a budget or choosing a venue. Coordinators month help last minute details and day help put together the event into the day.

According to The Knot 2021 Real Weddings Study, the average cost of a wedding planner was $1,700 in 2021. However, keep in mind that the number may be higher or lower depending on the type of wedding planner used and the amount of responsibility they bear. To put this in perspective, on average, couples spend $28,000 on their wedding reception and reception and a total wedding cost of $34,000 in 2021, according to The Knot. While spending two thousand dollars on a wedding planner is still a great investment, in the grand scheme of things, even a small portion of a wedding budget can bring valuable cost benefits and peace of mind.

How to Avoid Being Scammed When Choosing Your Wedding Planner

Catfishers are not limited to dating apps. There are many inexperienced planners online who have created a fake wedding planning website with pictures stolen from the internet and years of fake experience. If you’re about to spend anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 on a wedding planner, it’s important to do a few minutes of research before committing to avoid wedding planner scams.

“Ask what kind of insurance the scheme has and to what limits (and then ask to see it!) and also ask for three references to similar events the scheme has done,” said Masher. When calling the references, ask specific questions like, ‘What is the connection speed? and “Have expectations been met and budgets respected?”

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About the author

Maddy Dooley is a ConsumerTrack content intern who writes about finances for GOBankingRates. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Design from the University of California, Davis.

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