“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”

I love this quote by Paul Neil “Red” Adair as It pretty much sums up my thoughts on the work I do:

“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”

A lot of my couples find me through word of mouth or referrals from other wedding planners.  Once in a while I meet couples who don’t have a budget for a wedding planner but really to hire one.  They sometimes try and ask me to reduce my rates, which is something I NEVER do.  For a business that is built on referrals the worst thing a wedding planner could do is give discounts.    I have had several brides call me after hiring a wedding planner that lacked the experience but gave them bargain basement rates and they found themselves spending more because the other planner had already taken a deposit.   My business is what I do full time so if I discount and undercut other wedding planners I wouldn’t be in business very long.

I think I charge a fair price for what I do.  I am not the most expensive wedding planner but I am not the cheapest either.  And it’s really hard to determine from the price of your wedding planner the real price until the wedding is done.  A good wedding planner could save you a lot of money and stress in the long run and going cheap could cost you a lot more than money.  That being said, just because someone charges a lot doesn’t mean they are better. When hiring a wedding planner consider more than the price.

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2 Responses to “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”

  1. Pavel says:

    Amazing. It is a second article I read on your blog – and it is so on point.
    There are so many non-pros in the industry. As event planning is the most demanding work! Work based on knowledge and skill of timely coordination off all branches of a single event.
    It has to be a profession not a hobby!

  2. tomhodgins says:

    I’m a creative professional as well and I think this is very true. I’m a graphic designer, and like any skilled trade – people assume that if they have the tools they have the theories and concepts.

    I can turn a wrench, but I’d be joking to call myself a plumber! Would I offer advice to an engineer trying to fix a submarine because I don’t think what he’s doing looks quite right?

    Well I understand very well how weddings get planned, and I could hold clipboards and flowers and point my fingers in different directions when people look at me inquisitively during the rehearsal………but that doesn’t make me a Wedding Planner, that makes me a graphic designer trying to plan a wedding.

    Far too often I deal with ‘salespeople doing design’ instead of designers in my industry – I know just how you feel!

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