How much do wedding planners cost?

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How much do wedding planners cost?
A wedding planner assists in arranging your wedding. (Dynamic Graphics/Creatas/Getty Images)

Planning your wedding can be a long and stressful process that costs tens of thousands of dollars. Compared to the average price of a wedding, then, hiring a wedding planner is a relatively small expense. And because the wedding planner substantially eases the burden of arranging everything for your special day, the cost is worth every penny.

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Function

The job of a wedding planner is to ensure that the wedding runs just as the bride and groom want. From ordering flowers to hiring caterers and booking locations, the wedding planner is the voice of the bride and groom. In addition, the wedding planner negotiates with vendors for the best possible prices. The bride and groom explain what kind of wedding they want, and the wedding planner does whatever she can to give them that wedding. Of course, taking care of virtually every aspect of a wedding does cost money.

Considerations

As of 2010, the cost of the average wedding hovers around £13,000. Because the wedding planner is expected to take care of much of the planning for your wedding, his fee can range from 10 to 15 per cent of the total cost of the wedding. Before you hire a wedding planner, create a tentative list of items you want or need to make sure it is something the planner you choose can do for you.

Time Frame

The wedding planner should be involved as early as possible in the planning phase of your wedding to make sure you get exactly what you want. As soon as a wedding date has been set, you should begin looking for a wedding planner. Since vendors request payment at different times in the planning process, many wedding planners allow you to pay a small down payment, then pay the balance by your wedding day. This helps get the wedding you want without breaking the bank. Keep in mind that if you want a lavish wedding planned in a short time period, you should expect to pay two to three times more for your wedding planner. The earlier the planner gets involved, the better it will be for your pocketbook.

Benefits

Planning a wedding and booking vendors can be a daunting process, and a wedding planner can ease the burden. For first-time brides and grooms, overpaying for flowers, catering, videographers and the reception is a major concern. The wedding planner comes equipped with a network of contacts to make sure the wedding party receives high quality service at an affordable price.

Misconceptions

Although the wedding planner is involved in every aspect of planning the wedding, the final decision on everything is ultimately yours. Your wedding planner's job is to give you professional advice on how to put together the wedding you want. It is not the wedding planner's job, though, to bully you into agreeing to something that makes you uncomfortable. Always maintain your right to say no.

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