The days when working with a Wedding Planner were an extravagance, or a luxury are behind us, and for many couples, a wedding planner is often the most sensible choice they’ll make in their wedding planning experience. Having an expert on hand to guide and support them through the process, and to plan and create a truly memorable wedding experience truly is invaluable.
Planning a wedding is one of the biggest things you’ll do in your life, and it can be an overwhelming and stressful time. You’ll experience many different emotions during the wedding planning process, from excitement for what lies ahead, to fear of things not being right on the day – working with someone who understands and who can relieve you of some of the pressure, can really make a difference.
What does a Wedding Planner do?
As your Wedding Planner, it’s my job to be there to support and assist you, (but most importantly, never take over) in planning and managing your wedding. I’m there to listen to you, to understand what your dream wedding looks like and deliver it on the day. Working diligently throughout the process to ensure that all the details are carefully thought-out and flawlessly executed. To be a good Wedding Planner, you need a methodical approach, a love (or in my case, obsession) for details – the pretty and the logistical, be efficient at time management, have a meticulous approach to budget analysis and negotiation, and be a good communicator and diplomat.
Planning a wedding is a massive undertaking, it’s not only a big financial investment, but a huge investment in your time too. It takes an estimated 250 – 500 hours to plan a wedding, irrespective of the size or style of wedding, that’s a lot of extra time to find with busy lives, demanding work schedules, family obligations and life in general, not to mention the additional stress of a global pandemic.
Why do you need a wedding planner?
There are many reasons couples enlist the help of a Wedding Planner:
- You’ve decided to get married in an area you don’t live in, or are unfamiliar with
- It may be that you’re really enthusiastic to get started but just don’t know where to begin or how to implement your ideas and bring everything together
- You might love the research but loathe those spreadsheets
- You may be suffering from information overwhelm and need some objectivity and clarity
Wedding Planner vs Venue Wedding Co-ordinator
You may decide you don’t need a wedding planner if your venue has a wedding co-ordinator, but there is a difference between the two and it’s important to know what that is. A wedding planner works for and with you, and helps with the actual planning of your wedding, a Venue Co-ordinator works for the venue, and handles everything to do with the venue specifically, such as catering and venue set up. This blog post goes into further detail about the difference between the two.
So, if you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, think about hiring a wedding planner. It’s an investment that really can save you time and money, giving you the freedom to relax with a glass of fizz and enjoy being engaged and the wedding planning process.