Is A Wedding Planner Right for Me? Part Two

Secret Savings: How Hiring a Planner Can Lower Your Costs

On average, a wedding today costs between $20,000.00 and $30,000.00 (and that doesn’t include the honeymoon!). At this price tag, finding opportunities to trim the budget and save money is crucial to nearly every couple. A wedding planner can help you do just that.

“Wait a minute,” you might be thinking. “Won’t hiring a planner just add to my wedding costs?” Not if you take into consideration the money a planner can save you.

How much should you spend on flowers? What portion of your budget should be set aside for food and beverage? What is the average cost to rent a venue in your area? An experienced planner knows the answers to these questions and can help you establish reasonable budgets before you begin approaching vendors. And, because a professional planner has existing relationships with caterers, photographers, DJs, florists and other wedding vendors, she can get you insider’s discounts and skillfully negotiate for the best deals.

The right wedding planner can also spare you hidden costs by connecting you with the most reliable vendors, carefully reading contracts’ fine print, helping you plan ahead to avoid rush charges and ensuring that back-up plans for bad weather and other unexpected occurrences are in place.

Which all adds up to a very smart investment.

Stay tuned for my next installment: Don’t Just Hire a Planner. Hire an Expert.