Ought to I rent a marriage planner? The actual prices revealed

Rachel Avery

Planning a marriage isn’t any imply feat – there are outfits, catering, décor and music to consider and all of that organising on prime of your every day life can begin to really feel overwhelming. When you’re strapped for time and feeling in a fluster, you could wish to flip to a marriage planner to assist curate and organise your day. However what do wedding ceremony planners actually do and the way a lot do they actually value? We spoke to former wedding ceremony planner of 19 years, Bernadette Chapman, who additionally owns the UK Alliance of Marriage ceremony Planners, to get the lowdown…

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Do I would like a marriage planner?


Not everybody wants a marriage planner, however listed below are the frequent the explanation why one is employed.

1) Lack of time

2) Location

3) Logistics / data

4) Coordination

5) Planning a big/sophisticated wedding ceremony

How can having a marriage planner save me cash?


Organising a marriage takes hours and making an attempt to handle this with busy careers not to mention a private life is hard. *33% of {couples} are contacting 11-15 suppliers in every class earlier than lastly selecting whom to make use of. And that’s after the hours spent doing the preliminary analysis or the negotiating after! With a mean **9.4 suppliers employed on every wedding ceremony (extra if a dry rent wedding ceremony) that could possibly be 3-4 hours simply contacting every provider sort to ask for quotes!

With *85% of {couples} paying for their very own wedding ceremony there may be immense strain on creating the marriage of their desires while maintaining to the price range they set. In spite of everything, nobody needs to start out married life in debt.

The method of saving {couples} cash begins instantly. After I used to current on stage on the Nationwide Marriage ceremony Present concerning budgets, I used to be all the time astonished that 95% of the viewers didn’t actually have a price range not to mention categorise one. And this is among the first issues a marriage planner will do. They may take the price range and break it down into related classes so you realize precisely how a lot you ‘ought to’ spend in every space.

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When you supply suppliers with out understanding your price range, you’re very more likely to go over price range purely since you fell in love with their fashion. Marriage ceremony planners will as a substitute suggest suppliers that fit your aesthetics AND price range. Moreover, they may test contracts on the lookout for any hidden clauses that would enhance the provider spend.

In lots of instances, planners have particular connections with suppliers who provide reductions or worth added to that planner’s purchasers. However extra importantly a planner will make sure you spend cash in the suitable space and that you’re paying a good worth for the suppliers employed. They know what suppliers provide the most effective worth, but additionally when one thing is a waste, as typically it may be simple to get caught up within the wedding ceremony fanfare. They’re ninjas on the subject of creating and managing your price range whereas typically feelings might sway your selections. A marriage planner will information you if one thing is pointless and/or over price range.

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How a lot will a marriage planner value?


The brief reply is it will depend on what service, their expertise, geographics and their area of interest.

The marginally longer reply is most planners organising your wedding ceremony from begin to end (approx. 150 hours) will cost 10-15% of your ***price range with a minimal price. Some will cost a hard and fast price with a pre-agreed worth at the beginning of the planning. Count on to pay between £3,000 – £7,5000 in case your price range is underneath £50,000.

Marriage ceremony Day Coordination is whereby a planner will merely coordinate the marriage day itself, e.g. no pre-wedding planning or design. Once more, the value varies dramatically however would differ between £500 – £2,000. Service varies from planner to planner so guarantee you’re evaluating correctly earlier than making your resolution.

And naturally, you possibly can have a planner present partial planning so simply organising what you need assistance with, the value will rely on what they’re doing for you.

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* Suppose Splendid 2022

** Bridebook UK Marriage ceremony Report 2022

*** The rationale that wedding ceremony planners cost a proportion of the price range is usually talking the extra that’s being spent on a marriage the extra work there may be concerned. Thus, the extra work they’re doing as a marriage planner means the extra they need to be compensated for that work.

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