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How to decide between Full Service vs Partial Planning

Need help planning your wedding? How much help do you need? Some questions to consider when making the decision. Not every bride is the same so why should their level of service be an all or nothing?

A wedding planner is one of the most common wedding roles/job descriptions and there are different types of wedding planners under this job title. There are full service wedding planners and partial wedding planners. Most of the time when a couple needs or wants help planning and executing the entirety of their wedding, a wedding planner is a great first place to start.

A Partial planner is usually hired to come on board and help with the the middle of the planning process and much closer to the wedding day once a couple has done a lot of the leg work planning their wedding already. There are couple reasons a couple may choose a partial planner over a full service planner include budget restrictions (full service planners are responsible for a much bigger time commitment which means more working hours for obvious reasons = a higher price tag), or some couples want to do the planning themselves, are having a low key wedding, may be getting married at a fairly all encompassing venue, etc. There are many reasons why a full service planner may not be a great fit for a couple again driving home my point about really educating yourself on what services are going to be provided to you (many planners list on their website what services they do and do NOT do). Maybe you have planned enough to ensure your are hiring a Coordinator to manage you wedding day- I Want You There

a Full service planner is hired immediately after an engagement and is responsible for countless things along the way leading up to ‘I Do.’ From keeping planning progress on an appropriate timeline, suggesting vendors that fit in with your budget and style, managing communication between said vendors, and being present at meetings for or with you, a wedding planner can be a key player in making your wedding day truly come together from the ground up. There is not much that a full service wedding planner does not have a hand in but every planner is different so it’s important to really educate yourself on every planner’s company culture and values to ensure your expectations are met and needs fulfilled.