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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a wedding planner cost per hour?

On average, wedding planners charge $80 for their services. However, rates can range from roughly $50 per hour to $100 per hour, or even more than $300 per hour.

To find out how much it will cost to hire a wedding planner, request cost estimates from a few in your area. Also, keep in mind that some wedding planners may have flat fees instead of hourly rates.

What is a wedding planner?

A wedding planner is a professional service provider whose job it is to organize and execute all the details of a couple’s wedding. A wedding planner can be contracted at any stage in the wedding planning process to help to any degree the couple is willing to pay for. Wedding planning is similar to event planning in that a planning team handles the coordination of multiple wedding elements including catering, venue, guests, entertainment, decor, transportation and more. Anyone who has ever been involved in a wedding can confirm that wedding planning is hard work. Experience brings wisdom when it comes to avoiding or resolving day-of challenges. There is no legal regulatory body that oversees or certifies wedding planning as an industry. Anyone who chooses can call themselves a wedding planner. When looking for a wedding planner, be sure to read reviews, and make smart hiring decisions by asking about licenses and insurance.

How much does it cost for a wedding planner?

Wedding planning is a full-time job — unless you hire a professional to handle the hard work for you. The cost for a wedding planner will depend on the level of service you desire. The least expensive wedding planner option is day-of coordination, then partial service, then full-service.  

The national average cost for wedding planning is between $990 and $1,300. Costs are greatly affected by region, with rural or smaller-town wedding planners often far more affordable than planners in higher-cost cities. Here are some examples of the various levels of wedding planning and their potential average costs:

  • Day-of-wedding coordination: $800-$1,700. Day-of services can include the planner finalizing all details, creating a timeline, confirming vendors and overseeing all setup, day-of activities, and cleanup. The couple does all the front-end planning and contracts all the vendors. Time commitment could be about 15-25 hours, depending on pricing.
  • Partial service: $1,500-$3,800. Here the planner works with the couple from the beginning, helping contract vendors, creating a timeline, and overseeing all details of day-of execution. Time commitment could be about 30-60 hours, depending on package and pricing.
  • Full service: $3,500-$8,000 or more. Here the professional handles all wedding and planning details including working on design, securing rentals, getting the venue and vendors, and handling complete execution of the event. Time commitment could be 50-150 hours or more, depending on package and pricing.
  • Consulting: $50-$150 per hour for design, vendor, reception and other wedding planning consultation.

What does a wedding coordinator do?

A wedding coordinator is involved in the wedding planning process, but some coordinators focus on the day-of activities and schedule. These professionals are sometimes referred to as “day-of wedding coordinators.” They make sure your wedding starts on time, the vendors are there and everything runs smoothly. Essentially, they are your point person. And they can help minimize the stress (and jitters) brides and grooms may experience when throwing a wedding. 

Is a wedding planner worth the cost?

Hiring a wedding planner can be worth the cost if you want to minimize your stress and save yourself time. Let’s be real — planning a wedding is a lot of work. You have to figure out a budget, shop around for vendors (DJs, bands, florists, caterers, chefs, photographers, videographers, etc.), negotiate contracts, book appointments and so much more. 

If you’re not interested in planning a wedding all on your own, consider hiring a wedding planner — especially if you have the budget.

What do wedding planners do?

Wedding planners do exactly what their job titles indicate — they plan your entire wedding and handle the logistics. For example, they will: 

  • Identify the best DJs, caterers, florists, photographers and other vendors for your wedding.
  • Help negotiate and set up contracts with your vendors. 
  • Keep track of your budget and spending.
  • Make sure that everything runs smoothly on your wedding day.

In some cases, you might need to hire a separate wedding designer to handle the styling services or a wedding coordinator to oversee the schedule and activities the day of your wedding.

Reviews for Chapel Hill wedding planners
Thumbtack Customer
Having Aneesa and Nathan Glines as our wedding planners were definitely the best decision we made for our wedding! I am a very organized person, so I was skeptical at first if having a wedding planner would be worth while--but it was beyond worth it. Aneesa is so professional, yet friendly, energetic and sweet; as well as, super organized and flexible when things change. There were so many details to tend to and we didn't have to worry about any of it. The wedding was perfect and beautiful - she totally understood the look we were going for and made it happen. Her suggestions, ideas, and her follow-through lived up to every expectation I had and her ideas were more than I could have ever dreamed. They are absolutely the best! . If you are looking for a wedding planner - hire Aneesa! And her team - they were awesome as well! A huge thank you to Harmony Weddings and Events.
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Jatasia w.
If I could give her 0 stars I would for wedding planning. She may have experience as an officiant, but when it came to wedding planning it seemed as though she did not have a clue and was guessing along the way. She knew very little vendors and communication was terrible. For my wedding planning sheet I was provided with one of those simple 12 month, 9 month, 6 month things (I could easily google that). Also, for my guest tracking I was provided with one of those free publisher templates for (Zola is wayyy better for that btw). Needles to say I ended up doing many things on my own. She was also going through personal issues and instead of stepping down and admitting she could not be a great wedding planner I had to fire her. After she admitted that she didn't do a great job she refused to give me my money back. She initially said she would "think" about giving some back to me, but then never did. I literally stayed up crying because I knew I would not be able to afford another wedding planner without getting my money back from her! Luckily I used paypal and disputed it and they were able to give me back ALL of my money. As protection, for any vendor you hire for wedding services, I would say make sure you add something in your contract stating "if the wedding planner or anyone for that manner does not do their job then you should be able to get your deposit back"! Weddings are very expensive at it is, so for someone to not show any compassion after they weren't giving it their all is VERY VERY VERY bad business. I definitely do not recommend her wedding services at all unless you want a beginner type service.
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