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Do You Really Need a Wedding Planner?

Wedding Planner

Congratulations on your engagement! The next step begins with planning your wedding. How much does it cost to have a wedding planner put your dream wedding together? Let’s analyze the cost trends and functions of a wedding planner.

The Reasons for a Wedding Planner

You can always be your own wedding planner or host your wedding at an all-inclusive wedding venue where there are planners, designers and vendor connections. However, a wedding planner can be a very critical foundation to building a wedding event for many couples. The reason for a wedding planner can become obvious when we reach the end of a short checklist. We need a dress, a cake, music, pictures, food and place to make it all happen. This is where we start to realize we might need some assistance with the theme, colors, floral arrangements, centerpieces, candy bar, tables, chairs, décor, lighting, table runners, chair sashes, charger plates, rose pedals on the ceremony aisle, fine china, marriage license, officiant and the list just continues.

Functions of a Wedding Planner

A wedding planner meets with couples to develop a vision of the dream wedding and ceremony. They review the total budget for spending, and then allocate spending to make the budget work to create the dream. A wedding planner has a very creative task to bring creative design together with creative financing to make it all happen the way you envision it. Wedding planners spend roughly a third of their time corresponding with vendors to put your event together. They form a team with the vendors and collaborate to ensure they all work together to make your event occur smoothly. Communication and organization are the most important functions of a wedding planner.

Wedding Planner

Full-Service Wedding Planner

A wedding planner usually offers different levels of involvement in the creation of your dream wedding. Each level of service has a different price tag to match. A full-service wedding planner takes full direction over planning your entire wedding and every detail along the way to the actual wedding day. The national average starting rate for this level of service is about $3,000, and can increase based on expertise and credentials.


A limited-service wedding planner allows you to delegate specific tasks to the wedding planner. Many couples only seek consulting from the wedding planner, and choose a day of event coordinator to assist with the actual wedding day. The national average starting rate for a limited-service wedding planner is about $1,300, and also increases based on expertise and credentials. If you are considering just a consultation and paying by the hour for service, plan to pay anywhere between $100 to $200 an hour.

Crystal Ballroom Saint Augustine

Whether you choose a wedding planner or choose to be your own, an all-inclusive wedding venue with an in-house design team, planners, vendor connections and a day of event coordinator package can create your dream wedding on a budget you never imagined possible. The collaboration between the all-inclusive Crystal Ballroom Saint Augustine and vendors makes planning the wedding of your dreams an effortless and memorable journey.


We invite you to discover the
Crystal Ballroom difference found in the unparalleled elegance and uniqueness written into the design of each of our venues. The themes are as limitless as your imagination.

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