Advice // Should I Employ a Wedding Planner?

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Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a great advocate for planning your own wedding, and many of my blog posts revolve around inspiring and advising brides and grooms towards crafting their own big day. That being said, I am also a huge fan of wedding planners, their services, and their ability to develop their client’s vision for a very personal and unique wedding day.

As a modern couple with busy schedules it may be the case that you are so busy with your day-to-day life that you simply do not have the time to plan your wedding on your own. I would wholeheartedly advise brides and grooms in this situation to seriously consider employing a wedding planner to share the load. A busy work life, children and other family commitments can all conspire to keep your attention away from planning your wedding, leaving you feeling like you’re spread too thinly. Believe me, planning a wedding can feel like a full time job at times, especially if it’s going to be a big affair!

No matter what you do you will start to feel a little anxious as the big day approaches. Worrying questions such as ‘have I confirmed all of my suppliers?’, ‘will my dress be ready on time?’, and ‘is my running order finalised?’ will be rushing through your mind, and that’s totally natural. What you don’t want to be doing is getting so worked up that you simply can’t enjoy the process. If you feel that you can avoid those little meltdowns by hiring a wedding planner, then by all means go ahead!

Remember that just because you’ve chosen to hand some responsibility over to a planner does not mean that you will lose control of your wedding day. The last thing that any creative and passionate bride wants to do is sit on the side-lines while someone else plans every detail of this very important day without consulting them. As long as you make it clear to your chosen wedding planner that you want to retain control over your plans, any reputable planner will ensure that they consult you and update you on a regular basis.

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The benefits of hiring a wedding planner:

Below I have listed the main benefits of hiring a wedding planner…

  • As I mentioned above you may need to use a wedding planner if you are simply too busy to plan every last detail of your wedding on your own. Do not underestimate the amount of time and energy it takes to plan your big day, despite the fact that the whole event will probably be done and dusted within the space of a single day!
  • Experience is a huge plus point for employing a wedding planner. They have been there and done it all before, so they will be best placed to advise you and guide you through the entire process.
  • A decent wedding planner will also have a list of tried and trusted suppliers with whom they already have an established relationship. Having access to this list of suppliers is one of the number one perks of booking a wedding planner!
  • Wedding planners are great if you’re on a budget as they have the ability to get the best deals with reliable suppliers such as bands, caterers and venue decoration companies. A skilled wedding planner will also help you to stick to the budget by knowing what is essential, and what can be left out.
  • If you tend to get flustered easily you will benefit from having a wedding planner on hand to keep you calm, organised and moving towards the ultimate goal, your perfect wedding day!
  • Remember that you do not need to book a wedding planner for the entire process. Many planners offer an hourly consultation which you can utilise to polish your existing plans, or perhaps you simply need a wedding planner for on-the-day assistance. A short note of caution if you do decide to book a wedding planner to be at your right hand on the day; just make sure that you meet up for a in depth chat well before the big day so that you’re both on the same page. There’s nothing worse than an on-the-day wedding planner who doesn’t know anything about your vision!

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  • Wedding planners are unbiased so they will be able to give you their true opinion on the themes and concepts you are thinking of going for. Chances are that your friends and family would not feel comfortable speaking out if they believe that something isn’t going to work.
  • An experienced wedding planner will have a well-practiced crisis contingency plan in place, so if something goes wrong on the day and you have a planner overseeing your wedding, you probably won’t even hear about the issue.
  • If you’ve got your heart set on a destination wedding then you will need a wedding planner as each country will have specific requirements which need to be satisfied before couples can get married there.
  • Once the wedding is over the wedding planner can oversee the packing up of the newlywed’s possessions and can return any hired decorations or attire. The last thing you want to be doing the morning after your wedding is boxing everything up, so leave this job to someone else even if you don’t hire a planner!
  • If you manage to land yourself an excellent wedding planner you may find that s/he has additional skills which could be utilised for your wedding such as qualifications in bridal makeup and hairstyling, flower arranging, personal shopping and speech writing. Always ask to see a list of a potential wedding planner’s extracurricular activities!

--Lottie ♥