And while your main memory of your wedding will be about your exchange of heart-felt vows, what your guests will remember is all the nice details.
You should give them something to remember your wedding day as long as you will.
But, do you really want to hire a wedding decorator? On the one hand you can be assured of a stunning venue, but on the other hand, you have to consider the cost.
There are several expenses that go into making the perfect wedding, and do you really want to add to it by hiring a wedding decorator if you can get away with not doing it?
To help you answer these questions, in this article, we’re going to look at what a wedding decorator is and what they actually do.
Then we’re going to dive into the pros and cons of hiring a wedding, before covering the average cost of hiring a wedding decorator.
At the end of the article, we’ll sign off with a brief conclusion. (Please feel free to scroll ahead to any section that interests you.)
What Is A Wedding Decorator? What Do They Do?
As the name suggests, it is the job of a wedding decorator to decorate your wedding venues, from the wedding ceremony itself through to the meal and the evening bash.
What does a wedding decorator do?
But as to what exactly that entails depends on the wedding decorator you have chosen…
Some wedding directors will expect you to have some general ideas about what you want in terms of color schemes or themes. They may even expect you to pay for all the decorations yourself in addition to their fee.
Other wedding decorators on the other hand will suggest various ideas to you, and include the price of the wedding decorations in their bill.
Some wedding decorators will be concerned about the overall concepts, making sketches and coming up with design ideas.
But it’s important to not go into a contract blindly. When you first speak to a wedding director for a quote, be sure to ask what is and isn’t covered by their fee.
That way you will know well in advance whether you will have to pay separately for the decorations themselves, and you won’t be met with a surprise bill to pay.
You should also gauge from the wedding director how much of a say you will get in the decoration arrangements and, similarly, discuss how much lee way you’re prepared to give.
On The Day
The wedding decorator will be there on the big day, making sure that everything is as it should be. Perfect. They may work alone, or more likely, have a small team to help set up the furniture and decor.
But there may still be some final touches that will have to be organised by the members of the wedding party, such as placing of the name plates etc.
But before you do go looking for a wedding decorator, you must first check with your wedding venue whether they will accept outside decorators to come in and make the arrangements.
Sometimes a venue will not allow this because they want to push for use of their own services.
If your chosen wedding decorator does not have a team for setting everything up on the day, then you can often hire help by the hour, and your venue’s in-house vendors will be the most convenient team to look into.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Hiring a Wedding Decorator
If you’re still in two minds whether to hire a wedding decorator, something that can really help you to decide is a simple list of advantages versus the disadvantages.
There’s quite a lot to plan when it comes to weddings, and any removal of some of these responsibilities from those organizing it can often come as a huge relief…
It frees up the organizers to concentrate on things which may be of greater concern, such as the wording of the vows, the catering or menu options, the entertainment and the first dance.
Also we’re not all gifted with the midas touch, and however glorious your decoration ideas may look in your head, it’s quite another thing to actually make it happen.
If you hire a professional to take care of it, you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands, and that your wedding will look as beautiful as it feels.
Besides, getting someone else to take care of the decorations, gives you more free time to simply enjoy the day and not get caught up in unnecessary details.
Moreover, before you book a wedding decorator, you will be able to view their portfolio, and this is great because it means you can see an array of what the decorator is capable of, and see for yourself whether their tastes align well with yours.
We’re going to level with you here. The biggest drawback to hiring a wedding decorator is the cost. (More on that very shortly.)
Some wedding decorators like to go all out if they can, with big expensive decorations, and a large team to employ.
Weddings can be very expensive affairs as it is, and you could argue that the job of a paid wedding decorator is one that you simply don’t need, especially if your venue has offered its manual in-house services.
The Cost of Hiring a Wedding Decorator
The truth is this depends on a number of factors. For example, wedding decorators are more expensive in high income areas than in lower income areas.
And another influence on the cost is whether your wedding decorator will charge one flat rate in some sort of package deal. Or whether they will charge an hourly rate.
With a package deal you have the advantage of knowing the final cost beforehand, but with an hourly rate, you may get some additional costs as issues crop up and have to be addressed.
According to Fash.com, the average cost of hiring a wedding decorator across the United States usually falls between $550 and $800.
But this range doesn’t reflect the entire spectrum of wedding decorator costs, and some packages can cost about $1500.
The exact cost will vary depending on such things as the number of guests. A smaller event will require less decorating work.
We would argue that hiring a wedding decorator can be worth it if you have the budget to do so.
However, be sure to do your homework before signing a contract.