How much does it cost to hire a Luxury Wedding Planner
4th August 2019
This no doubt is the number one question on your mind when it comes to hiring a luxury wedding planner like me. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve been asked that question; how much does it cost to hire a luxury wedding planner. My answer usually is ‘it depends…’
That’s probably not the answer you’re expecting but…, before we get into all that, let me start by saying that as a luxury wedding planner, of course I’m biased when it comes to hiring wedding planners to help you to plan your wedding. However, you don’t have to hire a luxury wedding planner to have a beautiful wedding but since you are here and reading this, I guess it is something that you might be seriously considering because you understand the value of having someone like me to help you with your planning.
As times get busier and life gets a little more fast paced and you find your time is being divided against the many commitments you have, having someone alongside you to help you plan your wedding is in most cases a godsend especially when you are wedding planning from abroad so it is definitely an investment worth considering and one certainly worth making (if I say so myself! :))
To answer the question though, there are so many variables to consider when trying to figure out how much it costs to hire a luxury wedding planner that the answer is not as clear cut as you’d like;
When and where you’re getting married, your guest numbers, the kind of experiences you need to create for your wedding and how much time to devote to offsite wedding planning tasks such as going on site/venue visits, tastings etc and which of the services you require all play a part in determining how much it cost to hire a luxury wedding planner.
Most luxury wedding planners will charge between 10 -15% of your overall wedding budget for full wedding planning with a minimum fee attached. I charge 10% of your overall budget with a starting minimum fee of £5k for my full wedding planning and design services.
Fees for other services like standalone wedding design services, wedding day management or even destination planning all vary depending on your requirements. For example my wedding day management service starts from £900 and depends on your guest numbers, what other tasks are outstanding and any additional things you would need me to tackle ahead of and on the wedding day. (e.g. are there last minute pickups or drops you would need me to do?) There are also expenses to factor in but of course the final figure will depend on your specific needs and total wedding budget (especially for full wedding planning).
The cost to hire a luxury wedding planner is not as clear cut as you would like but hopefully you now have an idea of the things that are involved in determining the cost for you. My top tip is to have a good idea of your wedding budget before you start contacting planners – as that would really help you and them.
Other helpful pointers to consider when hiring a luxury wedding planner
In addition though to knowing how much it cost to hire a luxury wedding planner, there are other points to consider when hiring one. Oftentimes, the value you get from hiring a luxury wedding planner surpasses the cost / fees you pay that it doesn’t become an issue for you. These pointers will help you to make the right choice.
So, if you were to hire me for example, you’d want to see that I’m passionate and excited about helping you to plan your day. You’d also want to see that I have a can do attitude and believe in doing things with excellence as these are qualities that will translate well into your day.
You want to hire a planner who is a positive and safe pair of hands. Also, check that you like their style (when it comes to wedding design) and can get along with them personally (we’ll be planning for at least 12 months so it’s important that we get along, right? 😉
Your wedding is still yours, so when hiring a luxury wedding planner like me, hire someone who won’t impose their own vision on you. Yes, I will come with ideas however, my intention is certainly not to impose them on you rather it is to work with you to bring your ideas and vision for your big day to life.
I’ve heard many horror stories of how some planners take over a client’s wedding so I wanted to reassure you that that won’t be the case with me, I very much believe in collaboration and we will plan collaboratively. Of course I will chip in with ideas but it won’t be from a place of trying to impose.
One last pointer from me, I recommend you meet your wedding planner in person before you book them. I like to meet my prospective clients in person where possible although that is not always the case as they are usually coming from abroad so we settle for our ‘face to face’ meeting via Skype or FaceTime which are the next best alternative!
I’d be happy to jump onto a Skype or FaceTime call with you to discuss your wedding now that you have a better idea of how much it costs to hire a luxury wedding planner. Get in touch here, let’s talk!
Images by Claire Graham Photography and Benedetto Photography