Broke-Ass Tag: Ohio Wedding Planner


Hiya BABs! What have you accomplished in your planning this week? Now be honest, how much of it involved Pinterest?

Pinterest can be a double-edged sword for couples planning a wedding, both your BFF and worst enemy, the coach in your corner, or your opponent about to take you down for a TKO. Arguably, social media may even be killing weddings. In today’s post, we’ll examine The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of planning a wedding with the help of Pinterest.


The Good: Pinterest is a Warehouse of Wedding Inspiration

I’m sure I don’t need to tell most of you about the advantages of using Pinterest: It’s a gorgeous, centralized place to store your visual inspiration for weddings or any other project or event you’re planning — a veritable digital picture diary, if you will. House redecorating? Pinterest to the rescue! Need tips on cleaning, holiday recipes, or a DIY craft idea for homemade gifts? Pinterest has it all — and if not, you can easily add almost anything you find on the Web with the click of that little Pin It button. You can share secret boards with family, friends, or your hairstylist or wedding planner (if you’re going that route) while hiding surprises from the rest of the world. Or you can share images you find, and tag friends, like, or comment to keep others in the loop.

Pinterest Color Trends

The Bad: Pinterest Enables Indecision

Pinterest has to be one of the top purveyors of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), right behind glossy magazines and “reality” television shows. There’s always more to see, and the sheer quantity of pins and therefore options and ideas can seriously overload the senses. It’s easy to get lost in the “research” (legit!) and never take action, making it a perfectly unproductive distraction from the more challenging and less pleasant wedding planning tasks. (Fess up! How many pins do you have in your Stuff Imma Make Someday board?) And we’ve all seen (or even experienced … ahem!) the Pinterest fails — expectation vs. reality. DIY projects often require a degree of skill that may not be disclosed in inspiration images — especially if you don’t bother to click the link to the source page — and our optimism might overshadow reason. (“I can totally knit 150 mini-sweaters for beer bottles as favors for my wedding that’s a month away!”)

Pinterest Gowns

The Ugly: Pinterest Might Blow Your Budget … And Your Confidence

Worst of all, though, is that Pinterest can fuel neverending consumption, the longing for more, more, MORE!!! And that’s bad news for BABs planning budget weddings. You’ll put together your Wedding Inspiration Board only to see The. Most. Amazing. Wedding. Ever. on Pinterest two months later and want to change the entire thing, right down to the venue you’ve put a deposit on or the fully paid gown sitting in your closet. Guys, I’m here to tell you that this is dangerous, both for your budgets and for your sanity- – as well as the sanity of those around you.

The Solution: Moderation With Inspiration

So what’s a Pinterest-addicted BAB to do? My recommendation is to give yourself a month or three to explore Pinterest (and any other inspiration sources) to your heart’s content, then talk it over with your partner and settle on a loose design concept. With that in mind, going forward pin whatever you like — but pin ideas that don’t work with your current budget and plans to a separate Stuff I Love board. That way, you get to hold onto the idea for future inspiration without clouding your vision for your wedding, or overextending your budget trying to do All The Things. Once decisions have been made as to your main decor and functional elements, PUT DOWN THE PINTEREST AND NO ONE GETS HURT.

Limit your time on inspiration sites like Pinterest, especially once you get past the six-months-to-the-wedding mark. If you’re prone to getting FOMO and feeling badly about yourself or your wedding when you see something amazing, ditch the inspiration sites altogether, at least until after the wedding. (But really, if that stuff makes you feel terrible, I’d suggest skipping it entirely. There’s no reason to subject yourself to unnecessary sources of stress or negativity!)

If you use the safe Pinterest practices outlined above, there are plenty of hidden gems that will help you to save money while planning the next Pinterest-worthy wedding … yours!

PSSST! When you do get images of that gorgeous and creative wedding you’ve planned (and possibly built with your own two hands), we’d love to see ‘em!

  • 10/16

    I say it all the time: wedding planning is a lot like shopping for a car. It is and it’s not … just hear me out. For most young adults, car shopping is probably THE biggest purchase you have made in the span of your entire life — that is, unless you’ve planned a wedding before you bought a car. Anywho, most of us don’t really manage large chunks of change until we reach some version of adulthood, and then that first BIG purchase is simultaneously exhilarating and fight-or-flight scary!

    Elizabeth & Bryce Tongue Emoticon

    Photo by Jon Black Photography

    More than that, though, the first few times we make those big purchases, we get sticker shock. Every. Single. Time. It takes a few big-ticket shopping experiences — and/or a lot of research — to start to feel comfortable enough with the range of prices to determine what’s right for your own budget. Case in point, cars: Cars range in price from $1,000-ish to upwards of $50K depending on the features you want, need, and can afford, so it becomes a matter of learning what the different features range in cost and then choosing to add or remove features to suit your budget. You want brand-new, top-of-the-line, leather seats, all-wheel drive and the fancy high-tech package? That’ll be umpteen $$$$$, thankyouverymuch! Just need a used grocery getter without any bells or whistles? Then your bill has fewer ka-chings in it!

    Neither cars nor wedding coordination packages are as customizable as your favorite Starbucks beverage (ahem, did someone say pumkin spice latte???), but there are still some modular components that you may be able to add or remove to get the quote back to a place that doesn’t make your eyes pop out of your head like a cartoon character.

    Back to today’s reader question:

    Soooo I definitely want a wedding coordinator, but I have no idea what the price range is. I spoke to someone over the weekend who I liked, but I’m not sure if her quote was “par for the course.” Any insight?


    Sticker Shock


    Dear Sticker Shock,

    Thanks for reading Broke-Ass Bride, and for your question, and kudos for being smart about your expenses! Here’s what I suggest:

    1. You can get a pretty good sense for the price range of planners in your area by doing some online research. Many planners don’t list their prices online (a pain, I know!), but some do. Cast a broad search and go straight to the services, investment or equivalent pricing sections of their websites to get an idea. If you’re not having luck that way, try wedding planning sites like WeddingWire or The Knot, where coordinators might list their services — both use a $-$$$$$ range to give you a sense for that coordinator’s average price range. If you still can’t find pricing in either of those ways, see step 2 below.

    2. My advice regarding any sort of big-ticket shopping adventure is to get at least three quotes before making a decision. Too many quotes can make the decision overwhelming, but fewer than three doesn’t give you a wide enough range of options. If you haven’t already done so, contact two other planners for their pricing (and do your best to compare apples to apples, by asking for a similar service as the one you already had quoted). If there’s a rush to make a decision — such as a booking incentive before a certain date — then see if you can get at least one more quote before making a final decision.

    3. If you like the planner and know you want help with planning services, present a counter quote! Tell them what your budget is and see if they’ll work with you to custom design a package to meet your needs. Be aware that some items may not be negotiable, but you might be able to reduce the number of total hours on the wedding day or cut out another optional segment of the planning service. If you can show the planner that your wedding will be low-maintenance in terms of pre-wedding planning assistance and day-of setup, they might be willing to work with you on price.

    4. Ask the coordinator to explain their fee structure and what things are covered to help you understand the value for your money. If that doesn’t make you feel more comfortable about the number, ask up front if there are any opportunities for savings within their quote. Planners are accustomed to helping clients find savings in quotes from other vendors, and should be equally skilled at knowing where the opportunities lay within our own quotes.

    5. Bottom line, if you like the coordinator, have decided you want and need the service, and the quote fits your budget, it’s time to bite the bullet and hire them! (And quick, before someone else books them for your date!) 

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  • 10/2

    Credit: Seth Heringer Hey BABs! You might recognize me from the Can't Afford It? / Get Over It! posts over here. I'm a wedding planner based in Cleveland, Ohio, with a knack for helping couples to plan EPIC weddings on a budget. If you're wondering why it's my words in your eyes today and not Liz's, well, it's because Liz is retiring from The Broke-Ass Bride advice columns…

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