Welcome back girls! As a part of the wedding planning industry I have experienced that while most people are aware that wedding planners are an invaluable asset to their wedding, they worry that hiring a wedding planner is expensive and not affordable. Being a wedding planner myself as well as a wedding blogger, its obvious that I get mails asking me a simple question, ” how much does it cost to hire a wedding planner?”. I tried my best to answer such mails with as much information that I had readily available with me. While I couldn’t ascertain a figure, I have tried my best to analyse how much is agreeable to pay for a wedding planner and how to save costs on wedding planning.
My experience in the wedding industry made me realize that many couples dismiss the idea of hiring a wedding planner thinking it will be out of their budget. This may be a big mistake. A professional wedding planner may even be able help you plan your wedding while saving you money!
Firstly, to understand how much a wedding planner would cost, you must know the scope of work. An average wedding takes anywhere between 250-300 hours to plan.
Two standard wedding planning services:
Full Wedding planning: The wedding planning company is responsible to handle everything from beginning to end, designing the look and feel, keep things organized, find and manage vendors, and coordinate everything on the actual day. They might attend meetings without you, make decisions on your behalf, and find many ways to make things easier for you. From venue management, vendor management to decor designing and execution, they do it all.
Wedding Day coordination: This service is to make sure your wedding day goes smoothly. The planner will get to know all your wedding details and then create timelines, confirm vendors, and coordinate all details on the actual day leaving you and your family worry-free.
Full wedding planning means a continual engagement of the planner with the client for over 3-6 months and may even be for a period of one year.
How do wedding planners charge?
- FIXED FEE (Regardless of your wedding size and wedding budget)
Some companies like us at MWP have a fixed price per event. They charge a flat fee to the client based on his requirements and do not take commissions from vendors nor take a percentage from the client’s wedding budget.
- PERCENTAGE OF YOUR WEDDING BUDGET
Other companies feel the percentage system is fair—those with bigger budgets should pay more, while people with smaller budgets pay less. If you choose this option, ensure you establish a price cap; the costs could skyrocket, especially if your budget is creeping steadily upwards.
- HOURLY CONSULTATION BASIS
Some companies have an hourly fee. Paying by the hour/service is not usually recommended; you won’t be able to accurately estimate how much you’ll spend on your planner, which will be a major component of your budget. The ‘pay as you go’ system might seem affordable at first, but might end up costing you a lot more by the time the wedding is done and dusted.
- BESPOKE QUOTE (Fee based on your unique needs and requirements)
We also charge a bespoke fee for clients who come to us to plan many events for them- right from the bachelor’s party to their reception. The bespoke fee system allows the client to talk to us freely and in-depth about their real budget and what they want on their wedding day. We provide them with discounts as they are planning more than 3-4 events with us.
We have taken this approach for charging for our services, and it’s a fixed price. This way there is more transparency as we do not charge a client based on his profile, but based on our services and time invested.
HOW CAN YOU SAVE MONEY BY HIRING A PLANNER?
I can tell you from my own experience as a wedding planner at MWP. We at My Wedding Planning charge a flat fee for our services and we do not take any commissions from wedding vendors. All discounts and benefits that we get from vendors are passed on directly to you. In this way, you may save a great deal of money by going through us on your venue, catering and other wedding services like photography. Your savings may be greater than the cost you pay us for our services. Moreover, we know how to save costs by using creative cost saving ideas that you may not aware of. We have our own production house and can even help you save a lot on decor and other wedding necessities.
We have recently introduced wedding packages and decor packages for couples who want the finesse of an expertly planned wedding without hiring the services of a wedding planner. Have a look here, they are awesome! Click here.
To find out everything you need to know about Indian wedding planners, click here.
Hope this helps!
Team My Wedding Planning xoxo