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Which Type of Wedding Planner Is Right for You?

Pick the perfect aid for your big day.

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Preparing for a wedding takes an immense amount of time and energy, which is why many couples opt to hire a professional planner. While every planner is different, you'll find that most pros fall into one of three categories: a full-service wedding planner, a month-of coordinator, or a day-of coordinator. So how do you know which type is right for you? Here, everything you need to know about each.

 

Signs a Wedding Planner Is Right for You

 

A Full-Service Wedding Planner

A full-service wedding planner assists with every aspect of your big day, from helping you find and book vendors to managing your budget. This type of professional will focus on both the small and big details, turning your ideas into reality. The couple and their planner will work together to figure out how involved each person will be; while some planners take on only minor tasks, others may handle every aspect of the planning process. It all depends on the couple's schedules and their personal preferences. Expect your planner to be by your side throughout planning and on the wedding day itself, working with your venue, vendors, guests, and bridal party to make sure the day runs smoothly and on schedule.

 

How much does a full-service planner typically cost?

The cost of a wedding planner depends on their tasks and responsibilities. Many full-service planners charge anywhere from 10 to 20 percent of your overall wedding budget.

 

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Month-Of Coordinator

While planning your own wedding can be fun, dealing with every last-minute detail may be more stress than you're looking to take on. Month-of coordinators handle many of the same logistical tasks as a wedding planner, but they aren't involved in the early stages of planning. In other words, they won't help you make a budget, choose vendors, or determine your wedding aesthetic. They will, however, create a timeline for your day and will ensure your day goes off without a hitch by managing vendors, guests, and the bridal party. They'll also be responsible for the venue set-up and handling any problems that arrise at the last minute.

 

How much does a month-of coordinator cost?

Depending on various factors—like wedding size and responsibilities—a month-of coordinator will usually charge between five and ten percent of your wedding budget.

 

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Day-Of Coordinator

Some brides like to have complete control of wedding details, but managing vendors, guests, and set-up on the morning of your wedding can be completely overwhelming. This is where a day-of coordinator comes into play. While this pro won't be involved with planning your wedding, they will ensure that your ceremony and reception stay on track. Day-of coordinators usually manage vendor arrivals, assist guests with ceremony seating, prepare the bridal party for the processional, oversee the décor set-up, and make sure your wedding follows a predetermined timeline. Basically, they make sure everyone and everything is in the right place at the right time.

 

How much does a day-of coordinator cost?

While costs vary based on location and wedding details, most day-of coordinators charge anywhere from $600 to $1,500.

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About the Author

Nicole Harris

Nicole fell in love with the bridal industry after a summer internship with Martha Stewart Weddings. Although she's still a couple of years away from tying the knot, she can't help planning her own Big Day. She's crazy about creative DIY décor, classic lace gowns, colorful invitations, and huge (preferably endless) dessert spreads. Until it's time to pick her first dance song, though,...

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