Guide to hiring a wedding planner
As a wedding photographer, I meet up with couples who are in different stages of planning their big day and we chat about their plans and ideas. Many brides tell me that after the initial excitement of their engagement, they feel a bit overwhelmed with the task of planning such an important event. Suddenly there are hundreds of decisions needs to be made on dates, location, budget, guest list etc. Hiring a Wedding Planner can be a huge help and I asked Katie Stocks from Bride and Beau to give some advice on how can a Wedding Planner help you to make your wedding day as you dreamed of.
Who are your typical clients?
Over the last two years, I have been so privileged to work with so many different couples. Every love story is different, therefore, every wedding is different. Our couples have a very clear vision of the style they want to achieve and it’s our job to help make this vision a reality. Planning and styling a wedding can become very overwhelming. Many couples are so excited, have spent hours looking through Brides Magazine and Pinterest, researching venues and then realise they have no idea where to start. It’s a whole new world – a whole new industry that they know nothing about.
What are the benefits of having a Wedding Planner?
There are many amazing benefits of working with a Wedding Planner but the ultimate benefit is the knowledge and experience that a Wedding Planner can offer, followed closely by the time saving aspect. As experts within the wedding industry we know all best shortcuts and suppliers. We know the wedding planning process inside out and what steps to follow and when. The average wedding in the UK takes between 250 – 280 hours to plan! Destination weddings are far more complex and working with a Wedding Planner can save a significant amount of time.
Wedding Planners build and maintain strong working relationships with the best suppliers within the industry and can recommend suppliers at various price points. Value for money is also a huge element of working with a Wedding Planner, I always help to find the best suppliers for each couple’s budget. Most days I will be reviewing a quote either from a venue or supplier and we really know how to negotiate the best deal possible!
Wedding Planners are also fantastic problem solvers, you would be surprised at some of the issues that arise on a wedding day. This means you, the couple, can totally relax and enjoy the day. As highly orgainsed individuals nothing will be missed! Our attention to detail is second to none.
What can a Wedding Planner help with?
Wedding Planners offer a wide range of services from Full Wedding Planning & Design, Partial Wedding Planning & Design, On-The-Day Co-ordination, Venue Sourcing and Styling. Full Wedding Planning & Design is a step-by-step partnership where we work with the couple from their engagement right through to the wedding day and after. Partial Wedding Planning & Design is a great service for couples who are happy to orgainse some elements of their wedding but would like expert knowledge for some elements. A lot of couples are happy to plan all the wedding but would like someone there on the day to help with the final details and coordinate the wedding day itself, this package is known as On-The-Day. We deal with all suppliers ensuring that everyone is working towards the same vision, we deal with any emergencies and ensure the day is perfectly executed.
Possible cons of having a Wedding Planner?
None! Many couples who work with a Wedding Planner agree it is the best thing they have ever done with most wishing they had hired a Wedding Planner sooner. Hiring a Wedding Planner is an additional cost, however, we help to maximise all budgets! If your budget is stretched I would highly recommend On-The-Day service so you can really enjoy your special day, relax and trust that everything is in order.
What are your tips on finding a perfect Wedding Planner?
Listen to your gut! Can you see yourself getting along well with your Wedding Planner? During the initial communication or consultation your Wedding Planner should be excited and asking lots of questions. Ask for examples to see previous weddings planned and styled and ask for testimonials.
What are your top tips for couples who decide to organise their wedding own their own?
- First things first, create a wedding email account, something such as firstname.lastname@example.org . It will become the best thing you have ever done and such an easy way to keep track of all wedmin (wedding admin – there’s lots, trust me!).
- Confirm your budget as soon as possible and stick to this. Work out what are the 3 most important elements of your wedding day, examples include: attire, flowers, ceremony, food and drink, entertainment, or styling, and allocate a slightly higher budget to each category.
- Involve friends and family as much as you can. Mums are always high up on the agenda and love to be involve in the wedding planning. Ask your bridesmaids for help, orgainse fun days and evenings where you all get together, research designs, create mood-boards, have fun!
- Arrange date nights with your fiancé throughout the wedding planning process – don’t let the stress get to you!
- Relax the week before the wedding, smile and just enjoy the process – this is the start of the rest of your life’s together.
Katie Stocks – Bride and Beau
Thank you so much Katie for sharing your expertise! x