When it comes to hiring a wedding planner, there are many questions that couples are suddenly faced with. Do we really need the extra help? Is it something we can afford? What can they offer us that we can’t do ourselves?
As wedding planner myself, I am always keen to debunk the myths and talk openly about the real value in hiring a planner. Here are 6 reasons why I might just be able to help you.
We all lead busy lives, but from my experience things often all seem to happen at once in the run up to your wedding. I once had a bride who moved house, got a promotion at work AND got married all in the space of a few weeks!
Weddings take, on average, between 200-300 hours to plan, so hiring a wedding planner to take on the bulk of your wedding plans will save you and your fiancé valuable time, leaving you to relax and enjoy your engagement!
The chances are your wedding planner will have spent years building up a trusted network of suppliers to recommend to their couples. When you choose your wedding planner, you gain access not only to them, but to their contacts too.
Your wedding planner also wants your wedding day to run as smoothly as possible, so they will only suggest to you suppliers that they know will work hard to give you a perfect day.
The run up to your wedding day shouldn’t be stressful. By hiring a wedding planner, you can hand any of the stressful elements of wedding planning over to them – and still enjoy all of the fun parts of planning!
What’s more, by having a wedding planner coordinate your wedding day itself, you can relax knowing that your suppliers are organised, any room turnarounds are under control, your guests are happy and all of the other aspects to your day are being managed.
Your fiancé / bridesmaid / random guy in the dentist’s waiting room probably LOVES chatting all things wedding with you… just not all of the time! It’s easy to get caught up in everything wedding related during your engagement, but it’s so important that you don’t allow it to completely consume your relationships.
It is quite literally your wedding planner’s job to be available to support you with anything you need during the run up to the big day, so you can always rely on them to be there for any questions, wobbles or advice.
Wedding planners are often overlooked as an expensive luxury, but they could actually end up SAVING you money.
One of the most pivotal parts of our role is managing your budget, and checking that you’re not spending more than you need to or buying something that isn’t necessary for your day. Also consider your wedding planner’s relationships with their recommended suppliers, and trust them to negotiate the best possible price that they can on your behalf – it’s never guaranteed, but it’s certainly more likely than you asking on your own.
Yes, hiring a wedding planner is an added cost, but consider the value that they could give you in return.
When it comes to design, wedding planners love to flex their creative muscles and come up with something innovative and extraordinary. However, they also know what’s attainable (and what won’t blow your budget).
Thanks to the likes of Pinterest and Instagram, it’s easy to get carried away when brainstorming ideas for the design of your wedding, but you can rely on your wedding planner to hone in on what you are really looking for, and make it work for your style, venue and budget. Sure, the floral canopy, hoop installation and tree centrepieces might all look great individually, but all together? Perhaps not.
Images by Charlotte Bryer Ash Photography