Jan 30, 2019
This guest blog post was written by Everly, an online wedding planning service serving the Pacific Northwest.
Wedding planning has a reputation for being stressful and overwhelming and while most people are familiar with the role of a wedding planner, many people just assume they cannot afford one.
The term wedding planner conjures up images from movies such as Father of the Bride or The Wedding Planner with over the top receptions and mind-blowing tabs. But there are ways to access professional planning help on a scale that works for you.
Wedding Planner - Partial Planning
Many wedding planners offer different packages based on how much support you need and how you plan to split the tasks. Partial planning packages can be a great option if you need guidance but plan to do some of the work yourself.
This is a step down from their full service packages that often including most of the heavy lifting. Because you are doing some of the work yourself these packages cost less than the full service options. (pricing varies widely, ~$3,500+)
There are a few companies that offer help with specific areas of wedding planning. This allows you to pay only for the help you need – to jump start planning or have a specific task taken off your to do list.
The White Box offers design help by asking you questions about your style and providing inspiration and suggestions on how to bring your vision to life. This is a great option to jump start planning. ($299)
Honeydew offers vendor research and recommendations. You can share details about what you are looking for and they will do the research in a specific category and offer recommendations. This is a great option to speed up the vendor booking process in a specific area. ($200 per vendor category)
Everly (full disclosure, this is us ;)
Everly is an online personalized planning service that costs one flat fee of $750. You get started by completing your online profile and Everly custom builds all your personalized planning tools (budget, monthly to do list and curated vendor recommendations).
You can schedule regular video check-ins with the team of wedding planning pros and can contact them any time, unlimited times over phone, email, chat or text. Get started here with your online profile and you can schedule a free one hour planning call.
A note on Day of Coordinators: coordinators are on site the day of your wedding ensuring everything is executed as planned. Coordinators are typically not involved in much of the planning process and step in during the final stages.
Their responsibilities prior to the wedding may include building a timeline and confirming vendors. Many wedding planners offer day of coordination as well as partial and full service planning so couples seeking planning help are encouraged to opt for one of the more comprehensive packages.
These different types of planning support offer different levels of involvement at different price points to fit your budget. The important thing to remember is that you do not need to go it alone!