Do You Really Need a Wedding Planner?


Wedding Planner

A wedding planner walks a timeline while juggling all the moving parts of bringing a dream to fruition on a budget. This master of many trades is a consultant of wedding etiquette and designs, and an expert at wedding finance. Only about 30% of brides hire them. Let's explore the roles of a wedding planner to determine whether you need one.


Professional Negotiator


How does a wedding planner create the vision on a budget? These experts in wedding finance can turn your ideas into a creative reality on a dime. They have knowledge of industry secrets and are the masters of negotiating, which helps you get the best deals and rates. A wedding planner relies on master negotiation skills to work with a network of venues and vendors to produce the fairy tale within the limits. Sometimes the savings can pay for the cost of the planner. The question to ask yourself is whether you need a deal finder and negotiator.

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Time on the Timeline


Wedding planning can be stressful, especially when you have a busy schedule and are planning on a timeline. If you feel like your schedule will not allow you to do it all, you might want the help of a planner. There are different levels of service to match your needs. A consultant wedding planner usually charges an hourly rate to help create a budget and a plan. They might provide a blueprint and a guide, rather than put your entire event together. A limited service planner will help you with specific services leading up to your wedding day, without taking over the entire show. A full-service wedding planner will do it all. Think about the available time you can dedicate to planning, and decide what level of service you require.


Wedding Planner Guidance


Most couples are planning their first wedding and have no idea where to begin. Rather than researching traditions and etiquette, a wedding planner can provide guidance. A consultant wedding planner usually charges an hourly rate to provide their expert advice.

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Cost of a Wedding Planner


Believe it or not, there are free limited service or consultant wedding planners out there. Some wedding venues offer a free concierge service to give you planning tips and help you build your vendor team when you book with them. If you are planning on hiring a wedding planner, count on paying about 15% to 20% of your entire wedding budget. Wedding planners offer different levels of service with different fees for each level of service. If you really want to save money, choose a wedding venue that has a complimentary concierge service. An all-inclusive wedding venue with in-house wedding designers, planners, vendor connections and day of event coordination services can be the most affordable solution. If all you require is limited service, such as help choosing your vendors and designing your venue, this might be the best option.

Day of Event Coordinator


Wedding planners plan with you, but the coordinator follows the plan on the big day. It is important to understand the difference in the planner and the coordinator, even if the service is being provided by your planner. Day of event coordinators put the wedding plan into motion. They manage the guests, vendors and all of the logistics within the venue on your wedding day. Some day of event coordinators will assist with the rehearsal dinner and smaller events. A wedding venue with day of event coordination services can be the most affordable solution.

Crystal Ballroom Ocala

Crystal Ballroom Ocala


Crystal Ballroom Ocala is an all-inclusive wedding venue with an in-house design team, planners and a complimentary concierge service. Beyond making the picturesque venue and elegant designs affordable, Crystal Ballroom offers additional day of event coordinator services. Every wedding package includes all of the furnishings, décor, bartender services, banquet staff and wedding designers. The concierge service can help you build your entire vendor team with extraordinary talent at reduced rates to save you even more. Bring imagination to Crystal Ballroom Ocala and plan your wedding day.

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