Hooray! So, you’re recently engaged and getting ready to undertake your wedding planning journey, congratulations! Many couples relish the prospect of planning their wedding and can’t wait to get stuck into all of the wedding planning tasks, but for many, the thought of planning their wedding is a very daunting prospect!
Whether you’re a professional couple who are pushed for time, are at home raising a family or simply feel overwhelmed at the magnitude of organising such a large-scale event, this is generally the time where couples decide to hire a wedding planner.
As professional wedding planners who work predominantly throughout London & East Anglia (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge & Essex), we’d like to share the top 5 things you should consider before reaching out to hire a wedding planner.
Not the most romantic of tasks to tackle, but having a rough idea of what you can afford to spend on your wedding is essential. Having an outline budget is useful but don’t panic, if you aren’t quite sure where to start, a professional wedding planner will be able to share some average wedding costs to help point you in the right direction.
Many of our wedding planning couples do ask us “how much does a wedding cost?”, but of course, this massively varies depending on what you would like from your wedding overall.
2. Rough wedding guest count
We know that it isn’t an exact science and it’s tricky to know how many guests you’ll have when you’re only just starting on your wedding planning journey. But, having a ballpark number of potential wedding guests, including an upper and lower limit that you might expect to attend is important. There’s info about devising a rough wedding guest list in this blog, take a look!
3. What are the timescales?
You may not have a specific date in mind, but perhaps you’ve always dreamed of a beautiful tipi wedding or marquee wedding in the summer, or, you have more of a wintery style in mind. If you do have dates which are important to you, share these with your wedding planner and similarly, if there are dates that are absolutely no-go (sporting events, family celebrations etc) then also make these known.
Super important – deciding which style of ceremony you would like may influence appropriate venues. Lots of UK wedding venues remain unlicensed which means you would conduct the legal paperwork at a registry office in advance of a celebrant-lead service. This route opens up lots of additional venue spaces when you begin the wedding venue search, however, if you’re a couple who want to prioritise a church or legal wedding on the day itself, then this may not be feasible. Your wedding planner will be able to chat you through the pros and cons of each option in detail.
As professional wedding planners, one of the first things we’ll ask you to do is describe your dream wedding day. Whilst we don’t expect you to have all of the details at this stage, you must have an understanding of what your priorities are – are excellent food and wine top of the list? Is having a DJ and band important? Do you want to extend the celebrations and host a weekend wedding? Having a rough idea will get your wedding planning journey with your wedding planner off to a great start!
If you would like to chat through the plans and ideas for your wedding, our team of professional wedding planners would love to hear from you! You can reach us on 0800 772 0765 or firstname.lastname@example.org