There are three main ways people perceive wedding planners:
- They are an extra cost to an already tight budget
- They will save me more money than they cost
- I have a venue coordinator with the package I’ve booked so don’t need one
In reality, none of these are quite correct. Let me explain.
The reasons why you might hire a wedding planner
Let me start with the obvious. No matter what size your wedding is, it will take you time to plan. An average wedding will take 240 hours to plan and who’s wants an average wedding? This is time you cannot spend with your family or friends, time you have to take off work, time well, that you would rather be spending doing something else.
Direction. Sometimes you can get lost along the way. You may not know where to start or what needs to be done next or by when. With all the information available on the internet and the advice you will receive from family and friends, it can become confusing.
Inspiration. You may have a clear image of your perfect wedding but you may not. It is not uncommon to know what type of things you want at your wedding, the theme, the colours but not know how to pull it all together. It maybe you have traditional beliefs around weddings but want a modern one (this is my speciality).
Venue coordinators are great at their jobs. However, their main interest is the venue and their focus will be on that. The suppliers they recommend (if any), the way the tables should be laid out, areas requiring decorations or feature points. Their focus is not on your wedding as a whole. They will not:
- Liaise with your suppliers on a regular basis.
- Provide budget advice.
- Look over contracts before you sign.
- Remind you what needs paying and when.
- Create timelines for the day and suppliers.
- Provide ongoing wedding support and advice throughout your wedding planning journey.
- and so much more that wedding planners do.
Wedding planners will work with the venue coordinators to get the most out of your chosen venue. They know it inside and out. What works and what doesn’t. The difference is that a wedding planner will know everything about your wedding, the suppliers, your likes and dislikes.
Wedding planning is not something everyone wants to do or something everyone can do. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. You will be declaring your love in front of your family and friends. You want it to be a memorable day for all the right reasons.
In summary, a good wedding planner will:
- Save you time, which may equate to money for you, across the whole wedding planning process so you can continue with your normal day to day life.
- Provide direction. Wedding planners will always be able to provide the next steps or appropriate action but leave you with the control you want.
- Be inspirational. This can be anything from design inspiration to budget management to venue and supplier selection. Anything that relates to your wedding will benefit from the expect, creative advice your wedding planner can provide.
- Work with venue coordinators (and all your other suppliers) to ensure your vision is realised on your wedding day.
If you are reading this, you are probably considering a wedding planner. This is normally a sign that you would be more relaxed and enjoy the wedding planning process more if you did.
Mary Cushen Wedding Planner
Every wedding planner is different. I focus on modern weddings, unique and personal to you. Your love story. You will have some great ideas (or even no ideas) but are struggling to see how they turn in to a modern wedding.
If you want a modern wedding planner, why not have a look at my services or contact me today. To secure 2017 prices, book your consultation before 30th November 2017. I’m taking bookings for weddings in 2018, 2019 and 2020. If you are super organised and have a wedding planned for later than 2020, you can still book your consultation and secure the date.
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