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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 Upper Manhattan wedding planners
Thumbtack Customer
Joseph was excited about our wedding from the first time we connected, which was really great, and he had so many great ideas about the wedding from all aspects. Our wedding was a union of western and eastern culture and people, being it is American and Japanese wedding. He did amazing job at making everyone happy. He took all the anxiety, stress, and any extra unpleasantness out and away from us, and he made out wedding so beautiful. Everything was just so perfect, even though we had some incident here and there, but he took care of it immediately and no one ever noticed. He was always super supportive, respond to my email, texts, emails quickly. There was not a moment when we were worried or concerned about anything, since we trusted him completely, which was the right thing to do! We are completely happy with having Joseph as our wedding planner, would definitely recommend his to anyone and everyone!
Joseph Coston Weddings & EventsJoseph Coston Weddings & Events
Thumbtack Customer
Valerie was our planner for a party we threw a couple weeks after our tiny private ceremony. We had it in our heads that we didn't want the event to be very wedding-reception-y, whatever that means. Valerie understood quickly what we were trying to achieve, and she got us there. We really appreciated that she communicated so consistently and at regular intervals. I'm pretty good at ideas and inspiration, not so super about followthrough; Husband is efficient and detail-oriented; and our event involved coordinating multiple vendors and some DIY. That's potentially a recipe for frustrating event-planning moments! But Valerie has an incredibly serene, responsive aura that helped us, as a couple, have a really pleasant experience the whole way through. Valerie patiently prompted/re-prompted me when I had an overdue task or a pending decision. She was also great at sourcing companies and streamlining communication with them. Thank you, Valerie, for helping us to make our night memorable, romantic, and a total blast! We're getting nonstop glowing compliments from our guests.
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