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.