Day-of Coordination: How Much Should I Pay?
Once you’ve decided that day-of coordination is for you, you’ll want to start comparing services. A very natural question to ask at this point is, “how much does it cost?” You’ll find services ranging from a few hundred dollars (red flag!) to several thousand (maybe a red flag, maybe not – see the factors below). Why are the prices so different and how do you determine what is reasonable?
Rates for various wedding services vary widely for many reasons. Some of the contributing factors are:
Region – think cost of living
Availability of quality professionals – good ol’ supply vs. demand
Experience of the coordinator – of course you will pay more for someone with years of experience over someone who has never worked a wedding before
Services offered – no two day-of coordination packages are the same; sometimes the price difference boils down to the included services
Now, this is where we could spend a lot of time talking about start-up companies and the names of gals you might find in wedding forums who miss their weddings so much that they go into business the day their honeymoons end. We’ll reserve the right to rant about that for another day, and simply say to you that there is truth in the old adage, “you get what you pay for.”
We also totally understand working with a limited budget. Some couples ask us if we can “save” them money if they hire us. The answer is, “that depends.” Can we get you discounts if you use our service partners? No, not as a rule. We don’t ask our professional colleagues to compromise their value any more than we would want them to ask us to compromise ours. Can we refer you to service partners who best match your needs so you’re paying for the right services, or save you potentially big money by guiding you away from major mistakes? Absolutely. It’s harder to put those savings into exact dollar figures, but those are the savings that count.
Ultimately, you will certainly want to compare rates, but as with any wedding service, you have to decide what it is that you value. Would you rather have a highly recommended, highly sought-out coordinator with years of experience, or an inexpensive upstart whose only experience is planning her own wedding? Someone who has coordinated dozens or hundreds of weddings has a whole lot of first-hand knowledge to draw from when something goes wrong on your wedding day, not to mention a large network of colleagues to help put out fires.
If you are considering a particular coordinator, try to take in all of the important factors – price, references, experience, and compatibility. Give them equal weight and choose the person who makes you feel the most confident and comfortable. That coordinator is the person you want by your side on your wedding day.
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