Yes because there is more involved than just the money. One of my father's favorite things to say is "Time is money and stress is ALWAYS expensive." So let's look at it this way- You work 40+ hours a week or more and so does your fiance. Your parents are also working full time as are the friends that would be helping you. So in order to call venues, caterers, photographers, etc you have to take time out of your work day or use your lunch hour. To visit every location you would consider, you have to take time off work. Many locations have events already scheduled on weekends, so you aren't able to get into many of them on weekends. Instead of having weekends to relax and recuperate for the work week, you have to spend time planning, finding vendors, assembling invites, favors, etc. Then on the day of the event, you have to make sure things are set up correctly, everything is where it needs to be and that things go smoothly. Is that really what you want to be worrying about on your wedding day? If you're not getting married in your current home town, which is my situation, it becomes even more challenging. There are a wide range of planners out there with just as wide a range of pricing. Many offer "Day of" services and various packages. Yes, some are very pricey, but there are many that are very reasonable. A good friend of mine that is getting married here has hired a planner just for "Day of" services and 12 hours of planning assistance. Her total cost for the event planner is under $250. We are paying more for our planner, but she is also having to do a lot more leg work. Since we are several states away, she has gone to over 10 venues and sent us pictures so we could choose, did tastings at several different bakeries and caterers and a plethora of other things. She also coordinated a 3 day trip for myself and my future mother in law to be able to go to the top 3 caterers, bakers and florists to make the final selections. For my part of the trip that meant coordinating times with flights, a hotel, picking me up from and taking me to the airport and a million other small things. If I was planning a wedding here, I probably would just hire someone for day of services, but with the distance involved, having a planner has saved my sanity and honestly has saved us money. We didn't put down deposits on anything only to discover that it wouldn't work, which I have heard horror stories of, or waste time and money on a trip to meet with people that couldn't do what we wanted at the price we could afford.