Your wedding day and journey leading up to it should be special, unforgettable and utterly personal to you, filled with precious moments, fun, laughter and maybe a few happy tears.
But as an increasing number of couples are seeking a more individual wedding, many are turning to the support of a professional wedding planner to help create and inspire their dream day, and make the whole process as easy, enjoyable and efficient as possible – and here’s why.
1. For inspiration and style advice
Whether your day will be cosy and intimate, spread out across several days, or somewhere in between, it can often be a huge help to have the support of a wedding planner during the planning stages, not only to focus and harmonise all of your ideas, but to help them flourish too. With expert knowledge of local venues and suppliers, often including a few hidden gems, a wedding planner is likely to suggest options and ideas that you may not have considered before! When it comes to deciding on colour schemes, accessories, flowers, decorations, and those final touches, a wedding planner is also good to have on-hand to advise you on the latest styles, trends and how to inject your own personal touch to make your wedding truly individual.
2. To save you time
There’s no denying that a wedding can take a lot of time to plan, and depending on the scale of the wedding this can be anywhere up to 250-300 hours or more. A professional wedding planner will manage a detailed project plan for you, sourcing and coordinating all suppliers, and taking care of everything on your to-do list, including all your appointments, timelines and itineraries; sometimes even invitation and rsvp management. And of course they’ll allow you that all important time to relax and enjoy the day itself, knowing that everything is taken care of and in good hands.
3. To handle the scale of it
You’re likely to be significantly invested in your wedding, both financially and emotionally – and why shouldn’t you be! But handling the scale of such an important event can be a lot to take on, especially for larger or more detailed weddings, and to have something go wrong or not quite go to plan doesn’t bare thinking about. When it comes to professional event management, a wedding planner will likely have years of experience in managing large scale occasions with serious multi-tasking involved, and will know exactly what to expect and how to plan for every eventuality. On your own, you’d probably have to spend a lot of time researching what to do or the best way to approach something, whereas it’s all second nature to a wedding planner; with everything executed quickly and efficiently, and nothing forgotten or left to chance.
4. To organise all the details
Wedding planners are by nature very organised people, and it’s their job to have every single detail in hand, knowing exactly what needs to be actioned and when: from advising you on how much time you’ll need to order to your dress and when to send out your invitations, to guiding you through what’s required for your ceremony, and of course managing all the information that your suppliers need from you, along with when you need to make the important decisions by.
5. Budget management
Having discussed how much you feel comfortable spending and what you want to achieve, a wedding planner’s job is to set a detailed budget plan for you and guide you down the most cost effective routes and advise how much to allocate for each area. They’ll also be on hand to manage when all your payments are due, and prompt you in good time!
6. To help you get the best value for money
A wedding planner is not there to make you spend more money; quite the opposite actually. An experienced planner can often guide you towards the very best suppliers and ensure the very best value for money – which can go a fair way towards justifying the cost of hiring a wedding planner in the first place.
7. To manage the practicalities
When it comes to professional event planning, there can be a lot of logistical, technical and legal things to consider. From how best to organise your transport and venue access, to dealing with the technicalities of any AV equipment needed – and of course ensuring that you’ve satisfied all the legal requirements for your ceremony.
8. Bringing a blank canvas or dry hire venue to life
With blank canvas or dry hire venues (venue only) becoming an increasingly popular choice for couples looking to put their own stamp on their day, having a professional wedding planner on board here is often a sound choice for ensuring that everything goes without a hitch. After all, you’re often literally starting with nothing – sometimes even just a piece of land! It’s not just the big things that your wedding planner will oversee, such as the structure or entire internal and external décor of your venue, or ensuring that you have enough electricity to run the day, but all the little things that can be easily overlooked too – right down to the napkin rings and that last butter knife!
9. To guide your decisions
Even with a wedding planner there to organise everything for you, you still might feel quite unsure about committing to certain decisions. However it’s the job of a professional wedding planner to ensure that every decision you make feels effortless too. It’s not about overwhelming you with lots of options, but providing you with tailored suggestions that meet your personality and priorities, and calmly helping you to weigh up the pros and cons. With the support of someone who’s been there many times before, you can rest assured that your decisions will be great ones – and your wedding day will be even greater!
10. To keep you stress free
Last but not least, a wedding planner is of course there to keep you worry free throughout the whole process and on the day itself. As newlyweds you should be a picture of joy and calm, and able to relax and enjoy your special day, knowing that your wedding planner has everything quietly and efficiently under control – just how you imagined it would be.
How much support you need is up to you!
Every wedding is different, and so is the level of support that each couple may or may not need to help make their wedding dreams a reality. You might just require a little assistance for a few months prior to your wedding, so that instead of looking after a big to-do list so close to the time, you can focus on looking after you. Alternatively you may feel that you’d benefit from longer term, full service support from day one. Or it might even be the case that you’ve already organised everything yourself, and you just need someone to run the day – leaving you to relax, enjoy everything, and make special memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Whatever your priorities, and however you see your wedding story unfolding, we’d love to get to know you and understand all the little things that mean the most to you. And perhaps talk about how we can help you plan a wonderful day that reflects your style, personality, and individual journey.