Wedding planners can cater to couples on all budgets in needs of various services, most starting around $1,000. A wedding planner can help find vendors to meet your price point, negotiate discounts, and provide money-saving advice.
“The ways they can save money is basically using a Friday or a Sunday as their wedding day,” said planner Marie Frey. “The venues typically charge less on those particular days. They can cut back on their guest list. Each guest that they invite is going to have a dollar amount associated with them so if they can cut back on that, that’s a big help. And then sometimes just having a smaller bridal party that can help them also.”
Because there are so many players involved when planning a wedding, Angie’s List says you should never ignore the fine print when it comes to contracts.
“When planning a wedding it can be a highly emotional process so make sure you are reading all of your contracts start to finish so you understand how they are going to work,” said Angie’s List Angie Hicks. “We’ve heard instances of consumers being asked to give up their right to talk about their experience when signing vendor contracts. If you see a request like that in a contract walk away from that vendor. It really calls into question how much you can trust them.”
If you or someone you know is planning a wedding, but you don’t know where to start or what to focus on first, be sure to check out the Angie’s List wedding checklist.