Frequently Asked Questions
For many brides this is the first time they have organised any event that has so many elements to it. It doesn’t matter whether you are having 20 or 220 guests, it can be very overwhelming, so what can a wedding planner or on the day coordinator do for you? I have put together some frequently asked questions that get asked of all Wedding Planners
Where do I start?
Knowing where to start can be really daunting. I find that when I first meet with couples many haven’t actually talked about what sort of wedding they want. As a wedding planner and on the day coordinator I can help you to get started and focused on your planning journey.
Do we need a Wedding Planner?
You might not need a wedding planner but they are there to work with you, for you and to compliment you. On average weddings take between 250 to 300 hours to plan and with work, children and having a life on top of this, it can be very stressful. But, with the right support it doesn’t have to be and can be a lot of fun. Working with the right Wedding Planner means you get to do as much or a little of the planning as you want but you also have someone to bounce ideas off, to ask advice from and to run around doing all of the less fun more mundane jobs such as arranging guest transport and driving round to pick things up. They will become the operational you on the day and realise your vision.
Aren’t Wedding Planners only for the rich and famous?
Wedding Planners are not for the rich and famous, they are for busy people. People juggling families and demanding careers or people who just don’t know where to start. Wedding Planners are cheaper than you think and can actually save you money.
Will you take over my wedding?
This is your day and every wedding day is different. My job is to work with you to make sure your day is what you want it to be. I am here to offer advice, guidance and assistance. Many brides want to plan their own wedding, it’s something they may have thought about for a long time and my on the day service allows you to do that but also enjoy the day itself. After all you have put in a lot of time and money, do you really want to be making sure the cake table is in the right place whilst you’re getting ready?
Can you save me money?
This is the question asked of all Wedding Planners and, in short, the answer is yes. But saving money isn’t always about getting the lowest price for everything, when it comes to weddings it’s often about avoiding costly errors, making sure that things are budgeted for and prioritising what’s most important to you on your day.
Can you help with family ‘complications’?
Lots of families have delicate dynamics and if parents are chipping into the budget pot it can be difficult. I’m there to help the couple with their planning process and to help make sure that everyone understands that it is their day whilst finding the happy balance. With many parents being separated and possibly remarried, I can help couples on how to deal with tricky situations so you can relax on your wedding day.
We have a Venue Coordinator, so I don’t need a Wedding Planner
I also work as a Venue Coordinator at a National Trust site and trust me, they are very different jobs. A Venue Coordinator is employed by the venue to sell and book weddings at their venue and this includes selling their food and drink packages and at some venues, sell the recommended suppliers who they sometimes they make money from as well as making money from the bridal couple. This can mean they take your choice away when it comes to sourcing your own suppliers.
Many of them are employed for 35 hours a week which means they are not on hand all the time and may not even be there on your wedding day. If something crops up that is external from the venue they are not obliged to deal with any problems you are having, for example, if the marquee has not been erected correctly or the Florist is stuck in traffic. A wedding planner deals with all this and more.
If you have any future questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch, your initial consultation is free!