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Should I hire a wedding planner?

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If you’re thinking of hiring a wedding planner, but wondering whether or not you need professional support to plan your wedding, then you’re certainly not alone!  Whilst I know you’ll expect us (as award-winning wedding planners!) to tell you that hiring a wedding planner is always a good idea, that isn’t necessarily the case. At One Curious Dream, we always want to make sure we do the very best for our clients, so we’ll always tell you if we think you can plan your wedding without professional assistance. So, how do you know whether you should find a wedding planner to work with?

Here are some of the common reasons why hiring a wedding planner is a great idea. 

How much time does it take to plan a wedding?

Did you know, on average, it can take anywhere between 250-350 hours to plan a wedding? That’s a lot of time to find in between work, family and the general mechanics of everyday life! Hiring a dedicated wedding planner to undertake the bulk of the hard work will save you time, stress and a whole lot of worry

What knowledge is required to plan a wedding?

So many of our couples are incredibly enthusiastic about their wedding plans, but simply don’t know where to start. Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking, and most people only plan this kind of large-scale event once! Planning a wedding should be enjoyable, so using the knowledge of a wedding planner will ensure a smooth wedding planning experience.

What if I’ve chosen a dry-hire wedding venue?

Planning a wedding at a dry-hire wedding venue isn’t for the faint-hearted! You’ll need to hire absolutely everything from the tables to your caterer. Having an experienced dry-hire wedding planner to guide you through the planning process will save you lots of stress and ensure the decisions you make will culminate in a fantastic wedding.

What if I’m planning a marquee wedding or tipi wedding?

A little like planning a wedding in a dry-hire wedding venue, you are building your wedding from scratch. Not only will you need to source all of your suppliers and ensure the plans are in place to appropriately facilitate the logistics of your wedding (by hiring generators, lighting and loos, for example), you’ll need to coordinate the building of your wedding site, ensuring everything works seamlessly. This is a much bigger task than most people estimate and can cause a lot of worries. Booking an experienced marquee or tipi wedding planner will help alleviate any concerns and ensure you can enjoy the build-up to your wedding.

How do I plan a UK wedding from abroad?

Planning a wedding in the UK from abroad can be a stressful experience! Without a local presence on the ground, either a family member, friend or a local wedding planner in the UK, you’ll be trying to work across different time zones without the knowledge to plan your wedding professionally. Hiring a local planner in the UK will enable you to tap into their local knowledge so that you can ensure your wedding will be in the safest of hands.

What if I want to get married in a different area?

Much like living abroad, living outside of the area that you have chosen to get married means that you’re unlikely to have the contacts and local knowledge to professionally plan, beautifully design and professionally produce an incredible wedding. Using a wedding planner near to your wedding venue will save you lots of time and enables you to utilise their local knowledge, ensuring you find the perfect wedding supplier team.

What if my wedding is complex?

Lots of couples choose to plan a wedding across several days with different events, including a rehearsal dinner and post-wedding celebration. Designing a seamless celebration that spans an extended period most certainly requires an experienced pair of hands as coordinating this professionally can be very challenging for the inexperienced!

In essence, it’s perfectly possibly to plan a wedding without the help of a professional wedding planner. However, if you tick any of the boxes above, it may be time to consider hiring a wedding planner to ensure you can enjoy your engagement and the wedding planning process!

As professional wedding planners working with couples across the UK, we’d love to find out more about your wedding plans. You can book a free, no obligation wedding consultation here or reach our team on 0800 772 0765 / [email protected]




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