Maybe you are in this situation: you got engaged, you’ve chosen a date for your big day and you are in the process of looking for a venue and a photographer but you are wondering: Do I need a wedding planner? What can a wedding planner do for me?

I had the pleasure to meet Rana. She is an amazing event planner in Toronto and she answered some of the common questions that newly engaged couples might have at the time of planning their wedding.

I hope this info is useful for you and answers some of your questions.

Do you need a wedding planner?

This is one of the first questions couples might consider for their wedding. According to Rana, not everyone needs an event planner. There are some couples that have the time and enjoy doing things by themselves. These couples are resourceful and they know what they want for their wedding. They have a clear vision for the day. Also, they may have friends and family who they can trust for help to keep things on track.

For other couples, instead, they might be in a different situation. You might need an even planner if:

  • Your time is limited and you don’t have that much help from friends or family.
  • You work full time and you don’t have time to find and meet vendors.
  • You don’t know exactly how to envision your wedding.
  • You might feel overall behind, overwhelmed, and stressed with all the planning and scheduling.
  • You would like to have a stress day free.
  • You will have to ask yourself which of these situations you identify with the most.

    Do you need a wedding planner for a small wedding or elopement?

    Do you need a wedding planner for an elopement?

    Here is a simple answer: the number of guests is not related to the planning that goes behind each wedding.

    The work that goes into each wedding is the same for intimate ones as for big ones: time management, timeline, floor plan, vendor recommendations…and so on.

    What can a wedding planner do for you?

    The event planner will take care of you in many ways. They will help you with anything and everything related to the wedding.

  • First, they will take the time to know you better and to find out your vision you have for your day. Based on this info, they will design and turn your ideas into reality.
  • Then, they will help you with your budget: keeping it on track and making the most of it.
  • They will give you the best recommendations for vendors, but not only that, they will help with some negotiations and contracts to help you get the best deals.
  • They will help you, among other things, with time management, timeline, and the floor plan.
  • They will make sure you have a smooth day and the best day possible.
  • Do you need a wedding planner?

    What’s the average cost for a wedding planner?

    The price range for a wedding planner depends on the location and the services you are looking for.

    Toronto is more expensive because there is more competition and everything is more expensive in the city. The price can vary but the average is between $3.000 to $5.000.

    If you’re looking for a day of or month of coordinator then you’ll likely look at an average of $1000-$2000. But it also will depend on the experience.

    For VIP and luxury weddings the cost of an event planner can go up to $12.000.

    How to choose the right wedding planner for you

    The most important thing to take into consideration when you are hiring a wedding planner is the person behind the company. It’s really important that you get along with them and that you feel the “click” or “spark” with them. You are going to talk and be in constant contact with them for a year so it’s important to have a real connection.

    It’s also important to look at the overall aesthetic of their work and their style. Get the feeling of who they are and what they have done in past weddings.

    What is the difference between an event coordinator and an event planner?

    An event planner and a day coordinator are the same person. If some people don’t have the budget for a full wedding planner, they can hire a day coordinator.You will ask yourself, but What’s the difference between each one?

    A wedding planner will help you organize your wedding from scratch. You will work close to them starting a year in advance of your wedding.

    On the other hand, a day coordinator will work with you, just a month before your wedding. They will review all the work that you have already done and they would help you put the final pieces together.

    Both of them will be with you on your wedding day making sure everything goes smoothly.

    If my venue offers me a coordinator, should I consider having an extra wedding planner?

    Big yes. A venue coordinator is a person who works for the venue so their job is to keep the best venue’s interest. For example, they will take care of among other things, the food, the cleaning, and any other services offered by the venue. They will make sure everything related to the venue is going well.

    On the other hand, the wedding planner will look only for your interests. They will stay by your side the whole day attending to any of your needs.

    All the information has been provided by Rana and rewritten by me. Rana is an amazing event planner in Toronto. She is one of the owners of Attia events: “We believe in a personable and fun approach to event planning! Our mission is to bring your story to life and to tailor your wedding to be 100% authentically you”

    You definitely have to check her creative work. 

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    Cristina Velasco is a wedding photographer based in Toronto. She values telling your story in a candid way creating emotional imagines. She photographs weddings, elopements, engagement sessions and family sessions.

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