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Hiring a wedding planner may be the best decision you’ll make as you near your big day. Wedding planners can connect you with vendors, help you stay organized and on budget, make tough decisions, and handle any wedding-day drama with ease. Wedding planners will handle all the details, so you can enjoy your special day.

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Elizabeth Bailey Weddings
Elizabeth Bailey Weddings
115 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Cockeysville, MD

Based in Baltimore County, Maryland, Elizabeth Bailey weddings has been professionally planning weddings for over 30 years. We are experts in planning fun, well organized weddings at which you and your guests will feel catered to throughout the night. We offer full service wedding planning is our... (Wedding Planners)

Wedding Creations by Cjsmommy
Wedding Creations by Cjsmommy
27 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Upper Marlboro, MD

Wedding Creations by Cjsmommy is a wedding planning company in Upper Marlboro, Maryland that specializes in providing a stress-free experience. They are committed to assisting you in creating your dream wedding day. Their team of planners have over 10 years of experience and will provide the “wow”... (Wedding Planners)

Package Price $1,200
Weddings & Events by Karen
Weddings & Events by Karen
22 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Odenton, MD

There is more to Weddings & Events by Karen than the awesome brides and grooms that we work with. We also provide services to those who want to have private parties or events, Non-Profit Organizations, Small Companies, Corporations, and Schools, Churches, Funeral Homes, and more.... Specialities... (Wedding Planners)

Package Price $2,800
SW Event Designers
SW Event Designers
97 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Woodbridge, VA

SW Event Designers is a wedding and event planning company located in Dumfries, Virginia. ExperienceWith over 25 years experience in the wedding industry, first as a florist and now as a wedding and event planner, owner, Susan Wenger, has worked in many of the area's finest venues and can recommend... (Wedding Planners)

Package Price $1,500
Geoffrey Gilmore Signature
Geoffrey Gilmore Signature
16 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Kenmore, WA

Geoffrey Gilmore Signature, LLC is a professional wedding and event planning company based out of Kenmore, Washington that serves couples all over the greater Seattle area. Geoffrey Gilmore, the owner of this passionate company, promises to get to know your style, tastes, and goals for your big day.... (Wedding Planners)

Package Price $2,500
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Gulf Beach Weddings
Gulf Beach Weddings
256 reviews
· Wedding Planners

A full-service wedding planning company, Gulf Beach Weddings is based out of Saint Petersburg, Florida. This event-planning service assists couples in arranging romantic locations for their coastal wedding. If an oceanfront ceremony with casual elegance is what you have always envisioned, this... (Wedding Planners)

Package Price $895
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MerryMakers
MerryMakers
18 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Charlevoix, MI

Merrymakers is a wedding planning company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This company goes beyond providing a stress-free planning experience. They want you to take pleasure in it. Kris Rundblad and her team will work passionately to design and coordinate a wedding that exceeds your expectations.... (Wedding Planners)

James Abel Events
James Abel Events
15 reviews
· Wedding Planners · New York, NY

James Abel Events is a full-service boutique wedding planning and event design company based in New York, New York. With over 25 years producing bespoke events, they bring an unparalleled level of expertise to every wedding they design. What sets James Abel Events apart from the rest is his... (Wedding Planners)

In the Pink Ink Events
In the Pink Ink Events
35 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Waltham, MA

In the Pink Ink Events is a boutique wedding event planning company based in Waltham, Massachusetts, servicing weddings throughout New England, the United States and beyond. Owner and expert event planner Holly Fawcett founded the company in 2000, and has been transforming wedding visions into... (Wedding Planners)

Package Price $500
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RSVP Events
RSVP Events
63 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Grand Rapids, MI

RSVP Events is an experienced wedding planning company here in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has been in the industry for over 30 years. Event planning has always come naturally for owner, Adrien Harding. In her first event-planning position out of college, she helped to plan over 700 events during... (Wedding Planners)

Hull's Happiest Days Designs
Hull's Happiest Days Designs
22 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Ithaca, NY

Hull’s Happiest Days Designs is a wedding planning and design company based in Ithaca, New York. This planning and design team approaches wedding planning with a focus on artist and client collaboration. They strive to interpret your wedding vision, relationship, and love story into a meaningful... (Wedding Planners)

Package Price $1,800
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Jodi Raphael Events
Jodi Raphael Events
52 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Waban, MA

Jodi Raphael Events is a wedding planning company based in Boston, Massachusetts, and servicing weddings and events throughout the New England area. The team of expert planners have connections and relationships with the best wedding vendors in Boston and throughout New England. Jodi Raphael Events... (Wedding Planners)

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Pearl Events Austin
Pearl Events Austin
127 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Austin, TX

Pearl Events Austin is a wedding planner located in Austin, Texas. This trained group of professionals strives to create unforgettable events for couples to make memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. From glamorous weddings in downtown Austin to tranquil celebrations along the Colorado... (Wedding Planners)

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Ruby Red Shoes Weddings & Events
Ruby Red Shoes Weddings & Events
66 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Tacoma, WA

Ruby Red Shoes Weddings & Events is a wedding planner based in Tacoma, Washington. Owner and planner Debbie is not only certified as a professional wedding planner, but also as a certified personal assistant. Her stand-out skills allows her to truly be by your side every step of the way. Extremely... (Wedding Planners)

Sebrell Smith Designer Events
Sebrell Smith Designer Events
2 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Savannah, GA

Sebrell Smith Designers Events is a wedding planning company situated in Savannah, Georgia. The owner, Sebrell, and her team of planners specialize in destination weddings and large gatherings throughout the Lowcountry. Their creative approach and industry expertise ensures that their clients’... (Wedding Planners)

Package Price $2,500
EVENTful Moments
EVENTful Moments
75 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Arlington, WA

EVENTful Moments is an award-winning planning and design company. Owner, planner and designer Sarah Swanson became a certified wedding and event planner in 2010. Working alongside her other lead planners and assistant coordinators, Sarah aims to help with as much or as little as you need, from to... (Wedding Planners)

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Cloud Nine Event and Royal Wedding Planning
Cloud Nine Event and Royal Wedding Planning
79 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Bedford, OH

Cloud Nine Event and Royal Wedding Planning is an event and wedding planner serving Cleveland and Buffalo. Headed by Ladonna Omobude (CEO) and Karen Blythewood (CFO), these wedding planners offer wedding coordination, wedding planning and event design to elevate your wedding from drab to fab. Their... (Wedding Planners)

Package Price $800
Wedding Day Expositions
Wedding Day Expositions
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Join New England's most prominent and longest running bridal series to find all of your wedding planning resources in one spot! Hosted in sophisticated, boutique style venues, each of our shows will provide you with all the best wedding vendors throughout the Boston area. Whether it is couture... (Wedding Planners)

Bright Occasions
Bright Occasions
69 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Silver Spring, MD

A professional wedding planner in Silver Spring, Maryland, Bright Occasions utilizes creative ideas and beautiful details to design weddings based on you and your significant other’s vision. Full-service in nature, the company’s professionalism and client-centered approach has been enticing couples... (Wedding Planners)

Package Price $6,000
The Creative Planners
The Creative Planners
45 reviews
· Wedding Planners · Lake Forest, IL

Operating out of Lake Forest, Illinois, The Creative Planners are a team of professional wedding coordinators that strives to create magical events for their clients. They aim to emphasize the originality that every couple's love story possesses through an imaginative and creative approach. With the... (Wedding Planners)

Package Price $4,000
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How much does a wedding planner cost?

A wedding planner can be an absolute lifesaver for busy couples, ensuring that the planning process and actual event run smoothly. As a professional who’s been through the process before, they can also offer countless wedding planning recommendations and tips. It’s important to know wedding planning is not a one size fits all service - your wedding vision is unique and a wedding planner will customize their offering to fit your needs. Because of this and the wide range of services these professionals provide, pricing varies widely with most couples in the U.S. spending at least $1,500 on wedding planner services for their big day. Wedding planner costs also differ based on the planner’s level of expertise, among many other factors, as more experienced pros typically come with a higher price tag (and with that comes top-tier service!).

Lower range

$ 400 or less

Average cost

$ 1500

Most couples spend between

$ 1000 - $ 2500

Upper range

$ 4500 or more

Costs displayed in graph are based on spend from thousands of couples who recently reported pricing for this service within their WeddingWire review. Pricing varies based on factors including, but not limited to, vendor’s experience, level of expertise, event guest count, date, and geographic region.

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What services does a wedding planner's fee include?

The services a wedding planner’s cost includes vary depending on the type of professional you’re hiring — whether it’s a full-service, month-of, or day-of planner, or a planner who specializes in destination weddings. Here are some of the most common services that your wedding planner may include in his or her package:
  • Correspondence: About 30 percent of a wedding planner’s time is spent communicating with you and your vendors via email and phone. Think of your planner as the “coach” of your vendor team who ensures that all of your wedding pros work together well—and frequent communication is a huge part of that.
  • Venue and vendor selection: Your planner likely has a lot of connections in the wedding industry and can help you pick the right venue and vendors that can help bring your wedding vision to life. Often, your planner will attend interviews and meetings with you and your vendors, too.
  • Organization: A big part of wedding planning is... paperwork? Yes, unfortunately it’s true. But wedding planners can make sure that all of your budgets, contracts, timelines, etc. are properly organized and easily accessible if needed.
  • Wedding prep: There are lots of seemingly small tasks that go into creating your perfect day both before and on the day-of from creating a wedding-day timeline, assembling invitations, setting up your favor display, assisting with your seating chart, and much more.
  • Day-of coordination: You might not see your wedding planner much on the day of your wedding—and that’s how it should be! Your planner will arrive long before your ceremony begins and stay well afterwards, making sure that everything runs on-time and smoothly from behind-the-scenes and any issues are handled quickly and quietly so that you and your new spouse can enjoy the day, stress-free!
  • Post-wedding tasks: There will likely be several important tasks to handle after the wedding, from ensuring clean-up and breakdown occur properly to returning rental items and making sure vendors receive their tips.

What wedding events does a planner's fee cover?

In most cases, a wedding planner will assist with the wedding itself—both ceremony and reception. However, if you are able to increase your wedding planning budget and costs, your planner can also help plan your rehearsal dinner and post-wedding brunch. If you’re having a destination wedding with lots of events over the course of the weekend, your planner may assist with those as well—but expect to pay more.

How much does a day-of wedding planner cost?

A day-of wedding planner isn’t heavily involved in the wedding planning process and is usually hired closer to the wedding, but has a big role to play on the wedding day, ensuring that the events run on time and everything is running smoothly. On average, the starting cost for a day-of wedding planner in the U.S. is $800 with starting rates for higher-end planners averaging $1,250 to $3,395.

How much does a partial wedding planner cost?

A partial wedding planner usually comes on board a month or so before the wedding day and assists with last-minute tasks—helping with the seating chart, confirming vendors, and day-of responsibilities. The average starting rate for a partial wedding planner in the U.S. comes in at $1,250, but can range from $2,300 to $6,000 if you’re working with a more experienced pro.

How much does a full wedding planner cost?

A full wedding planner helps to plan your wedding from start to finish and is usually hired early on in the planning process—at least 10 months in advance. The average starting rate for a full service wedding planner in the U.S is about $3,000 with top-tier planners averaging $4,500 to $12,000.

Finding a Wedding Planner

Let us be the first to admit that wedding planning is no walk in the park. After a couple has gotten engaged and the excitement of that special moment dies down, the reality sets in. And many couples have no idea where to start when planning their wedding, or what sort of undertaking it will be. That's when it's time to consider talking to a professional. Wedding planners, also know as wedding coordinators or wedding consultants, have the knowledge, organizational skills, and experience from previous events to help make your special day the best it can possibly be.

Committing to your significant other was a no brainer, but finding and booking the right wedding planner for your big day can be a little more tricky. Here are some thing to consider when beginning your wedding planner search.

Types of Wedding Planners

First things first. This may come as a bit of a shock but there is more than one type of planner. In fact, there are about seven types of wedding coordinators. Knowing the difference between these wedding professionals can make the selection process all that much easier.

Starting with a full service or all-inclusive planner. This type of wedding coordinator will be with you every step of the way during the planning process and on your big day. These planners are best for couples who may not have a lot of free time to plan a wedding or need help with small decisions like incorporating the color palette with linens and flowers. A full service wedding planner will help with everything from selecting vendors, to optimizing your budget.

You can also have a month-of-planner. As the name suggests, these consultants will come into the picture in the last few weeks or days before the wedding. They exist to be an extra set of hands during crunch time. These planners can help with any last-minute issues that pop up unexpectedly, as well as working with vendors to finalize contracts and set up for deliveries.

Another option would be a weekend wedding coordinator. This type of wedding planner is going to be a major component of making your wedding day run as smoothly as possible. However, they are not solely there for the big day, they can also help with organizing and welcoming guests as they arrive and planning wedding related events like the rehearsal dinner and morning-after brunch.

Similar to a weekend wedding coordinator, a day-of coordinator is there to make sure your wedding takes place with minimal hiccups. Many couples wish they had hired a day-of coordinator after the fact. They ease the stress of having to focus on the tiny details so your special day can be enjoyed to the fullest.

If you are planning an out of state, or out of country wedding. A destination wedding coordinator may be the best choice for you. If you and your fiancé(e) can't physically be there for planning, a professional consultant may be the way to go. These wedding planners meet with vendors, scout for venues, and understand specific regional information like weather, since that can be a huge aspect of planning any wedding.

There are also planners who work specifically with scouting venues and giving referrals. This type of planner will be able to go with you to look at venues and negotiate vendor contracts. These planners are often very well connected and can help you meet with vendors that are considered the best in the business.

If none of these options seem like the best fit for you, consider looking for wedding planners that have services à la carte. Planners are aware that not everyone wants or needs every service they provide. Creating a custom planning package can be easier on the budget and still allow for professional help.

Wedding Planner Prices

The cost of hiring a wedding planner will vary from state to state, region to region, and country to country. Full service coordinators are going to be more expensive than day-of planners. Planners in less populated areas are also likely to be less expensive and so will the cost of the entire wedding.