When my husband and I married, our wedding day was five months after we got engaged. I spent those five months running around trying to ensure everything would be perfect and how I envisaged it in my head since I was a little girl. By the time my wedding day came, with work, moving house and planning a wedding, I was so stressed I don’t, to this day, remember my wedding and it wasn’t perfect.
I don’t remember the centre pieces I spent days searching for and making in my Nan’s kitchen, I don’t remember what I ate despite many debates over the menu and I have no recollection of the music the extremely expensive string quartet played at the drinks reception.
If I could do it all over again I would, but I would get help, I would hire a wedding coordinator. I have always been someone who likes to be in control and the thought of handing over something so important to me scared me, so I did it all myself and it was so overwhelming it had the complete opposite effect that I had imagined.
Rather than it being my perfect day, it’s a day I only remember through photographs and other people’s memories. Looking back now, I wish I had realised that working with a wedding planner or on the day wedding coordinator wouldn’t have meant I would have lost control, it would have meant I had an extra pair of hands.
Wedding Coordinator in the Caribbean.
My sister on the other hand wanted something small and intimate and so we packed our bags and off to the Caribbean we went. With the ceremony and reception in one place, not having to worry about transport and the hotel arranging the flowers she felt less stress on the months leading up to the wedding.
She made her own invitations and favours, loved our days out dress shopping, had a very clear idea on what, it seemed like, her hundred brides were going to wear. We spent a week relaxing in the sun, laying by the pool, eating dinner watching the sun set and talking about how amazing the day will be.
However on the day, she was glad I was there on hand to help. The weather didn’t lend itself to the day she had envisaged. There was a storm in the afternoon at the time she was due to get married but I was able to leave her to get ready and do all of the rearranging whist she sat and drank mimosas.
In the end the weather actually made things better. They married just before the sun set so the photos of her day were spectacular! She loved her day and the evening meal and then drinks on the terrace surrounded by people she loved made her day the her perfect day she had imagined for so long.
It takes between 250 and 300 hours to plan a wedding. We all have busy lives and most of us don’t have 250 hours to spare. By hiring a wedding planner you can save time, lower your stress levels and save yourself money.
Pass on the stressful mundane parts of planning so you can enjoy the exiting parts including the day itself! 26% of couples in the UK now hire a wedding planner and it is on the rise. It is no longer an American phenomenon.
Hiring a wedding planner doesn’t mean handing over everything, just the bits that aren’t so much fun, like arranging minibuses for your guests which trust me, isn’t that exciting. A wedding planner only takes on what you want them to.
A good wedding planner can help in reducing your stress levels by helping to manage meddling friends and family, making sure you have the wedding you want and not the wedding everyone around you thinks you should have. A wedding planner keeps in touch with the latest trends and can ensure that your personality shines through on your big day and help turn your dreams to reality.