Planning a wedding can feel like a daunting task, especially for those without previous experience. Hiring a UK-based wedding planner is an excellent way to ensure that your special day runs smoothly and stays within budget. Find out how much it would cost to hire a professional wedding planner and get the help you need to make your big day perfect.
When I work with clients wedding planning, I allocate in excess of 250 hours to their plans. I also consistently plan my workload in accordance to each existing client’s requirements, so I can ensure each client’s plans are getting the attention they deserve. Across the UK, each wedding planner will work differently so when you’re looking to hire a wedding planner, it’s important your vision and personalities align. The trust my clients impart on me is incredibly important so having such transparent relationships will always remain paramount to my business.
If you know me, you’ll already know I work in a client-centric manner. I know that no two weddings are ever the same, and I also know no two clients are ever the same. I also know, that I know how to design and deliver your memories which will last a lifetime, so is my job to surpass your expectations and envelop you in calm and reassurance.
The cost of hiring a wedding planner goes hand in hand with your event-specific details. Details such as your wedding location, guest numbers, projected budget and number of days celebrations are happening over will all have an impact on the proposed fee for wedding planning. These are all elements which need to be considered, by your wedding planner to ensure you have the best experience.
Services offered can vary from planner to planner. Each wedding planner in the UK will operate slightly differently, and when you’re looking to hire a planner it’s important to find the right fit for you. Most wedding planners offer a range of wedding planning services.
Taking your wedding from start to finish; most wedding planners will offer full wedding planning (some may call it just wedding planning) but look after your plans in the most reassuring way. Some planners charge a fixed fee, others as a percentage fee. Within the UK, you can expect to pay between 10-15% of an overall budget with fees varying. Hitched suggests a 12.5% allocation is a good rule of thumb for a wedding planner’s services. This relates to between £4000-£10,000+ depending on your wedding planner.
As with all service-led purchases, my advice would be to look into the service you are proposed and ensure that meets your expectations. My fees for full wedding planning begin from 12% of your overall budget with a minimum fee of £6000 for single-day celebrations and £7500 for multi-day celebration weekends. (*for larger budgets I will offer a fixed fee but this is discussed in the consultation stage) Charging in a percentage format, allows me to flex with your plans and ensure I have the resources to provide you with the utmost service. It allows us to develop your plans together, ensuring your wedding is perfectly planned.
Partial wedding sees wedding planners come in at various stages of the wedding planning process. Each wedding planner works very differently within this service, and some choose not to offer it at all due to its complexity and challenges around managing expectations. With this in mind, fees vary greatly throughout wedding planners but it will be reflective of the service you receive. You can expect to pay between £3000-£6000+ for partial wedding planning.
I enjoy offering partial planning however, instead of doing ‘part’ of the work with you, I will pick up your plans and plan cohesively with you, when your ‘part’ way through your wedding planning. For partial wedding planning, my fees begin at £3500.
Reputable wedding planners will always charge a fixed fee for wedding day coordination and wedding day management. Fees can begin range for wedding day services from £850-£2200+ dependent upon the complexity and nature of your plans.
Again, as with all wedding planning services, wedding planners offerings will vary greatly so do check the breakdown of what you are getting. My prices begin from £1200 for wedding day coordination and are quoted on an individual basis, depending on your wedding day needs.
Most wedding planners offer comprehensive quotations after consultation, however areas that may increase your overall cost are travel and accommodation. It is not uncommon for a wedding planner to add on reasonable travel costs for themselves and their team members. It is also not uncommon, for services that are priced individually (such as wedding day management and partial wedding planning) for additional team member fees to be quoted for, depending on the complexity of your plans.
Some wedding planners, in addition to the fees charged to you as the client, will also request and accept commissions from suppliers and venues. This means that your wedding suppliers may have to charge you more, to supplement the additional monies paid to the wedding planner. At Jessica Sharpe Weddings, I choose not to accept a commission and feel very strongly about this. If offered a commission, I will ask instead for a supplier to discount my client’s quote with the intended commission.