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How much does a wedding coordinator cost?

Average cost in 20149: $745 See National

$475

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$745

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$1,165

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The average cost for a wedding coordinator is $745. You are likely to spend between $475 and $1,165 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated August 1st, 2017

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Weddings can take a long time to plan and execute. Big weddings and elegant small affairs alike can require keeping track of many details, including food, drink, entertainment, transportation, rehearsal dinners, photography, videography, equipment rentals, securing wedding and reception venues, and more. Wedding planners or coordinators can step in to help with a few of these details, all of them or simply with the wedding day. Most planners customize their pricing to fit the needs of each particular wedding, and numerous factors affect the final cost.

Type of support

Some couples would like to occasionally consult with a wedding coordinator but handle most of the details themselves. Others want help just on the day of the wedding. Still others want a full-service wedding coordinator to take care of every last detail. Each level of service will have a different price, and most wedding coordinators will customize their pricing for each job, depending on the specifics.

Type of wedding

Many wedding coordinators specialize in a certain style, such as laid-back affairs, traditional religious weddings or blow-the-doors-off extravaganzas. Couples who want a small, understated affair should probably not work with a coordinator who likes to put on blockbuster weddings—nor pay those rates, which tend to be higher. Look for a wedding coordinator who is certified by the The Association of Bridal Consultants.

Consulting

Most wedding coordinators charge by the hour for consulting. In these situations, the coordinator meets with the couple to advice on the various aspects of the wedding but the couple actually carries out all the work. This is the least expensive option.

Day-of or full-service wedding coordinator

Some wedding coordinators are hired just to help the bride and groom execute their plans on the wedding day. Usually day-of coordinators charge a flat fee. The most expensive option is to hire a wedding planner to handle every last detail for the wedding. Many full-service wedding planners quote a flat rate based on the outcome of a comprehensive consultation. Some flat rates are for a specific number of hours, with additional hours charged at a per-hour rate. Other planners charge a percentage of the overall budget for the wedding or simply by the hour.

Customized pricing

Many wedding coordinators customize pricing to meet each couple’s unique needs. Denean’s Party by Design of Catonsville, Maryland, bases pricing on the number of times a couple wants to meet with the planner, the number of vendors the planner will help secure, the complexity of the decor for the wedding, the number of guests and the distance the planning team needs to travel.

Packages

While many wedding coordinators offer customized pricing, others offer predetermined packages for a set price. For example, Magnolia Grove Weddings and Events of Wilson, North Carolina, offers the following packages, with additional time beyond the set package amount billed at $45 per hour:

  • 50-hour Total Package: $2,750, including vendor coordination, wedding design assistance, budget and RSVP management, and day-of coordination, as well as one assistant on the day of the wedding

  • 35-hour Partial Service Coordination: $1,600

  • 25-hour Month of Coordination: $1,200

  • 15-hour Day-of Coordination: $600

Cost-saving strategies

You can save money on individual vendors by going through a full-service wedding coordinator. These pros have well-established relationships with vendors and can likely secure preferential pricing. Go with a consultant if you are on a tight budget; their help can be invaluable even if they aren’t with you every step of the way.

Pro tips:

  • Wedding coordinators hate being dream killers, but they can help give you a reality check, says Ty Ellih of Ty Ellih Weddings & Events of Atlanta.

  • Save time and heartbreak by setting your budget in advance.

  • Wedding coordinators at Seek Monumental Heights of Auburn Hills, Michigan, recommend that before meeting with a planner, think through the following list of items: theme, color scheme, quantities needed for each item, budget, what's needed beyond what the venue provides, stipulations of the venue, and time allocated for setup and breakdown for vendors

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Recent reviews

Rośe a special event co.

Hiring Diane and Savannah of Majestic Virtual Event Planners & Production for Wedding Day of Coordination was a very good choice! The cost was very reasonable, considering the knowledge and years of experience of these planners. They carried out everything I wanted for my wedding. On the day of, I wasn't stressed about details and was able to truly enjoy my day. My guests and vendors had a positive experience as well. I highly recommend them.

In Focus Events

I knew from the moment that I met Lauren from In Focus Events, she was going to make my wedding day seamless. My husband and I got married at Strawberry Farms Golf Club in March 2016. My mom and I had done most of the wedding preparations ourselves, so we just needed someone to help us execute all of our plans so that we could enjoy the day. After deciding to forego our venue's coordination services (which were over-priced considering the cost of the venue) and receiving tons of quotes from day-of coordinators that were way over our budget....I decided to turn to the Thumbtack app. By the GRACE OF GOD, I found Lauren on the app just a few months before our wedding! I had planned to meet with Lauren and a few other coordinators before making my decision. Luckily, I saved myself some time by meeting with Lauren first. I cancelled my other consultations and immediately signed a contract with In Focus Events. Even though we paid Lauren for Day-Of Coordination services, she went above and beyond to make herself available for me anytime I needed her. Not only did she meet with me several times leading up to our wedding, I was texting her at least weekly with different questions, concerns, advice, etc. She even calmed our panic attack when my mom and I realized late one night that my wedding dress didn't fit! She was AMAZING and truly cares about her brides. Fast forward to the week of the wedding, Lauren was on top of EVERYTHING. She reminded me of small details that I had missed (ash trays for our cigar bar) and helped me get my last minute to-do list done. She iinsisted on coming by to pick up ALL of our wedding decorations and macaron favors the day before the wedding so that she could set them up as soon as she arrived at the venue the next day, which was SO helpful to me since I turned in my apartment keys the day before our wedding. She even took all of the decor out of her car and reloaded on the wedding day to ensure it was safe overnight! I should also mention that after picking up all of our decor and taking it across town, she drove all the way back to coordinate our rehearsal later that afternoon! On our wedding day, Lauren was organized, fun, and beyond helpful. The day ran so smoothly, and even the minor hiccups (the florist forgot to give me a toss bouquet) were solved quickly by Lauren and her team. I am so grateful to In Focus Events for making my wedding day relaxing for myself and my family. As detailed people and Type-A personalities, its often difficult for my mom and I to hand over control to other people when it comes to special events, but we are SO grateful that we had Lauren to take care of the special day. I only wish that I could have Lauren organize more things in my life! I can't wait to work with her again and again. She was truly a blessing!

Forever Young Party & Event Planning Ltd.

I hired Sara as my day-of coordinator for my October wedding. She was incredibly helpful with all the last minute details and went above and beyond to make sure everything came out the way I wanted and the overall day went smoothly. She was always available to me when I had questions or needed help leading up to the day. Her services are reasonably priced, and worth every penny and more. It was a pleasure working with her, and I couldn't have pulled it off so well without her! I would very highly recommend her for any type of event!