Wedding planning services coordinate all aspects of a wedding, from rehearsal dinners and the ceremony to the reception and after party. Common requests included assistance with wedding design, venue selection, vendor selection, rehearsals, rentals, invitations and managing events on the day of the wedding. Many factors affect the cost of wedding planning services.
The largest determining factor to a wedding planner’s fees is the total budget for the wedding. A bigger budget can mean that the guest count is higher or, for a more intimate wedding, it can mean everything will be more opulent. So fewer people doesn’t always mean less expensive. In general, the larger the budget, the more intricate the decor, design, vendors and so on, and the more extensive the wedding planner’s work will be.
The type of service that the planner provides affects their overall fee. Generally, wedding planners provide three broad service categories: Day-of, partial and full service.
"Day-of" is a misnomer for a service that actually begins about one month prior to the wedding. In this scenario, the couple plans the wedding themselves, then one month prior to the big day, they hire a wedding planner to help finalize details, confirm vendors and oversee all day-of activities. Here are some examples of pricing for day-of services:
In this scenario, a wedding planner works in partnership with the couple, helping secure vendors, create a timeline and ensure day-of execution. Here are some examples of pricing for partial services from Event Details by Edelina:
$2,880 for a minimum of 45 hours of coordination
- $3,780 for a minimum of 60 hours of coordination
Full service** **
Full-service wedding planning means the professional handles all the details from working on design, securing rentals, a venue and vendors and also handles complete execution of the event. Here are pricing examples:
InStyle Event Company: $5,500 base price for full-service wedding planning
- Event Details by Edelina: $8,000, which includes a 150-hour time commitment
By the hour consultations generally cost $75–$135. Some planners may offer discounts when consultations are purchased as a bundle. For example, Event Details by Edelina charges $250 for three hours of planning for DIY couples who need strategic help.
Many planners charge hourly rates for la carte services. For example, Event Details by Edelina charges $60 per hour in two-hour minimum blocks for services related to decorations and favors or for running wedding-related errands.
- Wedding planners save couples money because they get professional discounts, and because of their expertise, they can help couples allocate money strategically to stay within budgets.