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Best Wedding Planners in Columbia

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Columbia Wedding Planners on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Providers

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Website
Columbia, SC 29201

Why choose this provider?

By Invitation Only Event Planning & Design is a Columbia events company that works with brides to plan beautiful weddings and receptions. The company has served over 200 couples to create parties that are unique and memorable. By Invitation Only can transform a non-traditional space into a beautiful reception venue. By Invitation Only Event Planning & Design can recommend the best florists, caterers, musicians, photographers, calligraphers, and other vendors for the big day. The company has been featured on Style Me Pretty, Every Last Detail, and Southern Bride.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
4.9
Google
4.9 / 5 (12)

Professionalism:

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
5.0
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Website
Columbia, SC 29206

Why choose this provider?

Jessica Rourke is a wedding events coordination company in Columbia. The company specializes in full-service wedding planning and styling, destination events, day of coordination service, and editorial styling. Couples can hire Jessica Rourke for design and decor selection and coordinating the vendors. Day of wedding services include initial visits to the site, a walkthrough of the venue, and layout organization for the ceremony and reception. The coordinator will be the first one to arrive on the wedding day and the last person to leave. A past client writes: “I hired Jessica Rourke to plan and style my wedding in Charleston, SC. She was truly a pleasure to work with..."

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
5.0
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (13)
Google
5.0 / 5 (8)

Professionalism:

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
5.0
Responsiveness
Friendliness
Helpfulness
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Website
Columbia, SC 29209

Why choose this provider?

Avila Dawn Events is a Columbia company that plans beautiful events and weddings. The company designs experiences that are memorable and cherished in the future. Avila Dawn coordinates the behind-the-scene details to execute flawless events. Pricing is customizable and begins at $1,300. A past client writes "Avila Dawn Events is hands-down the BEST!! Jevettra was incredibly easy to work with and always responded promptly to any questions we had. They were very professional, detail-oriented and budget-conscious..."

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
5.0
Google
5.0 / 5 (11)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (7)

Professionalism:

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
5.0
Responsiveness
Friendliness
Helpfulness
Detail

FAQs

  • Introduction

    A wedding planner can be a significant help on your special day. The happy couple and their closest loved ones should be able to enjoy their wedding day without worries. A wedding planner eases the burden off the couple, handles any problems that arise during the planning process and on the wedding day, and helps to put on a fantastic wedding.

  • How do you become a wedding planner?

    There are courses and diplomas people can take to become a certified wedding planner; however, it’s not necessary. Regardless of if an individual gets a certification, the most essential step is to gain experience. Most wedding planners start by doing a few free weddings to build a portfolio. That portfolio can be used to promote the business and attract new clients.

  • How much does a wedding planner cost?

    The national average cost of a wedding planner in 2019 was $1,500. However, it should be noted that this can vary dramatically. Average costs can vary from state to state. Additionally, factors such as the size of the wedding, the level of planning, the extravagance of the wedding, and the wedding planner’s experience can all change pricing.

  • Do wedding planners have specialties?

    Yes, wedding planners can have specialties. For example, some wedding planners may specialize in destination weddings. Or wedding planners can specialize in the extent of wedding support they offer. A day-of-coordinator will only arrive on the day of the wedding and help during the day. In comparison, a complete wedding planner will help with the planning and execution of the wedding.

  • How do you know if you need a wedding planner?

    Hiring a wedding planner is a personal choice. Ultimately, the wedding couple needs to decide if they have the budget for a planner and if they believe the investment to be worth it. For example, some people enjoy planning events, so they wouldn’t need a wedding planner. Conversely, planning stresses other people, so it might be a task they want to outsource.

  • Is there a certification to become a wedding planner?

    The wedding planning certification industry is “largely unregulated.” This means that while you can get a wedding planner certification, it might not always be from a qualified source. One trusted source is the certification from the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners.  

    A certification can be a great asset, but there are many qualified wedding planners who don’t have a certification.

  • How do you find a destination wedding planner?

    Planning a destination wedding is very different from planning a local wedding. You’ll want to find someone who has experience organizing a destination wedding.

    Many destinations offer an in-house wedding planner. However, if you need to find your own destination wedding planner, local Facebook wedding groups are an excellent place to ask for referrals.