Is A Wedding Planner Right For You?

There’s so much to consider when it comes to planning your wedding. The venue, transport, and the dress are all big things to think about. Not to mention the smaller touches, such as Invites, flowers, and decorations. The average engagement is estimated to last about sixteen months. So if you and your partner work, you’ll find there’s little time to get everything done yourself. Step in the wedding planner, your second knight in shining armor (after your partner, of course). Though a wedding planner is an entirely optional part of any ceremony, they will take the weight of the wedding world off your shoulders. So if you already have a busy schedule, and you’re worrying about how you’re going to get things done on time, it might be time to start thinking about whether a wedding planner is ideal for you.

Do I need a wedding planner?

If you have a lot of spare time on your hands or are having an especially long engagement, you may well be able to organize your entire wedding yourself. When it comes down to it, nobody needs a wedding planner. But you could also say that nobody needs a princess dress, horse, and carriage or after-wedding party. Your wedding is your special day. So let’s focus on all of your wants and wishes. Not the bare necessities. After all, you deserve a wedding as glamorous as your engagement ring full of princess cut diamonds. The benefits of having a wedding planner lies mainly in the wedding planner’s experience. This may be your first (and hopefully only) wedding, but your planner will have seen it all before. They’ll know what’s a good idea and what’s best avoided. Having an owl fly your wedding bands down the aisle may sound like a good idea in theory. But your planner has probably witnessed an owl flying into the church rafters with a fair few carats of gold in claw. Perhaps you’re getting carried away and attempting to throw a 10,000 guest extravaganza on a £10,000 budget. A planner will put their foot down as you start trying to fork out a third of your budget on novelty gift bags for your guests. Essentially, a planner will know the ropes much better than you do and will be able to offer you the most reliable and impartial advice. Plus, they’ll probably have connections and good relationships with favored venues, florists and all of the other trades involved in your big day. They have a better chance of negotiating prices and packages than you would alone.

A planner’s responsibilities

Your planner’s role is pretty simple: to bring your wedding fantasies to life. Here are just a few things that they can help you decide on:

  1. The venue
  2. The date
  3. Your budget
  4. Your color scheme
  5. Flowers and the all-important bouquet
  6. Your dress
  7. Bridesmaids dresses
  8. Hair and nails
  9. Photographers and videographers
  10. Bands and entertainment
  11. Food and caterers
  12. Hotel rooms for guests
  13. The cake
  14. Wedding favours
  15. Order of ceremony

For more ideas of what to discuss with your wedding planner, check out our other articles. We’re here to help you know what you can’t do without on your wedding day.

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