Early on in my wedding planning, I started thinking that I needed an event designer. I had so many ideas in my head about the look and feel of our wedding, and I wanted someone to help me navigate through all the great inspiration out there. I wasn’t thinking about hiring a planner. I was excited about the planning and didn’t want anyone to take that off my hands. I just wanted someone to help me establish a vision.
I emailed all of the wedding planners in town with some questions. Two didn’t seem interested, but the rest were enthusiastic and sent information about their packages. One of the big names in the area even had a “design only” package, which was pretty appealing. Another created a custom package for me. At this point, my busy season at work began and I set planning aside for a few weeks.
When I eventually got back to thinking about the wedding, we had actually seen our venue in person for the first time and a vision for the event had started to emerge. I switched to thinking about wedding coordinators in general, not just event designers. I read everything I could about planners on message boards and review sites. The one factor that people seemed to disagree on was whether hiring a planner saves money. Some people say that wedding planners negotiate better contracts for their clients.
If you have used a planner, did they save you money? Do you think the planner was something “nice to have” or was it a “must have” for a wedding? If you aren’t using a planner, did you consider it?