I will be planning a spring 2017 wedding at the Fontainebleau in Miami and am trying to decide whether I want to hire a wedding planner. On the one hand, I live in NYC so having someone on the ground in FL would be great. Also, I am not the most creative person and think that I will really need help
brainstorming ideas for flowers, invitations, etc.
That being said, I know Miami wedding planners can be very expensive, especially those who are considered "preferred" vendors at the Fontainebleau. Additionally, I have a strong connection with a top employee at the venue, and I expect that she will be able to really help me get the best rates for the ceremony, reception and room blocks.
Given my connection and the fact that the Fontainebleau provides a Venue Coordinator, is it a waste of money to hire a full-service planner? Or, do you think I could negotiate a reduced rate with a planner given that I already have my venue picked out and will be handling some of the negotiations myself?
Thanks so much!