A wedding planner can make your dream come true and dramatically reduce the stress on your big day. If you decide to hire one, you will enjoy your special event instead of worrying about every detail. Also, you won’t spend countless hours perfecting the ceremony flow, updating the budget, the RSVPs, coordinating the timeline with all vendors, etc. Even more, professionals help you reduce the costs associated with your special day.
1. Percentage of Your Wedding Budget
There are two types of business models among the planners. First, we have professionals who charge 10-15% of your wedding budget. We do not endorse this price structure because it is a form of price discrimination (yes, that is a real business term and it means discrimination based on your budget, social status, wealth, etc.). Why should you pay $10,000 (10%) if you have a $100,000 budget when your friend pays only $5,000 because her budget is $50,000? After all, the planner spends the same time planning for each of your weddings.
The companies we analyzed charge a flat fee and are transparent when it comes to the amounts they charge. It is YOU who decides on the collection you need. Here are the collections offered by various planning companies. Please note that there are minor variations on the offerings of different planners.
Despite the title that includes the word “Day”, this service includes more than that. Among others, here is what you are purchasing:
Includes the services in the Day Of Coordination collection plus:
2.3. Full Wedding Planning.
This is the collection best suited for the bride who has the budget and does not want to be fully involved in the planning.
During 2020, to adapt to the new rules with respect to COVID-19 where the wedding size dropped from 100+ to under 10 people including the vendors, many planners have created micro wedding collections. If you are interested in such collection, please contact the vendors directly.
Based on our survey of companies in Toronto and surrounding areas, a whopping 97% of wedding planners charge on average between $1,000 and $2,500 for the Month of Wedding package. The most popular fee is $1,500 with 53% of the surveyed companies charging that amount.
For full wedding planning, 57% of the companies we surveyed in the Greater Toronto Area charge between $3,500 and $5,000 with the maximum of $20,000 for luxury event planning.
Why Do You Need a Wedding Planner?
There are a few reasons why hiring a wedding planner is a smart idea.
Match: the best professional in the world can cause you stress if your personalities don’t match. As such, one of the first things to consider is personality.
Experience: an experienced person can make an event a great success while a newbie can cause all kind of trouble on your big day. If you have the budget, do not hesitate and pay top dollars for a good planner.
Packages: while we outlined the services included in the collections are fairly standard, look for the fine print and hire the pro that meets your needs.
Fast responses and availability: to avoid unnecessary stress, you want to deal with a planner that answers your phone or returns your calls within hours, not days. The challenge is that the top-notch planners are very busy, but they also know how to grow their business without sacrificing service quality.
Because of all the benefits outlined above, we advise that you hire a professional right after you say “I do.” The average engagement duration is 16 months, so that would be a great time to hire your dream coordinator.
Many venues provide their own coordinator. However, that person is not your hire and is employed by the event space. Your agendas are not aligned, and that can spell trouble. Also, the venue liaison is not involved in all aspects of your wedding.
Our advice is to hire your own planner. Period!
Unless your mother is an industry veteran, we suggest that you stick with the experts. Your mom will enjoy your day and you will thank us later.
Friend? Definitely not! You don’t want to ruin a friendship over a vendor who is late or some off colour flowers.
Professionals ensure that you have a phenomenal wedding day and make your dreams come true: from flowers to photography, these experts are your best friend and we consider they are a phenomenal investment.