Hiring a wedding planner could be the best decision you make when it comes to planning the wedding of your dreams. Once a luxury reserved for the rich and famous, wedding planners are now a necessity for busy couples looking for some ideas, help and support leading up to and of course on, the wedding day itself. With the wedding planning industry still shrouded in a cloak of mystery, we want to share our top reasons for hiring a wedding planner.
One perfect day
For most people, getting married is a one-time affair so it’s essential that your big day (or weekend!) is one to remember for the right reasons! On average in the UK it takes over 250 hours to plan a wedding – it’s massively more time consuming than most couples think. Turning to a professional wedding planner means you can enjoy the planning process, get advice when you need it and relax in the knowledge that even the tiniest of details will be taken care of. Great wedding planners will also have their own little black book of brilliant wedding suppliers, know where to get the best prices and deals and will ensure your wedding planning journey is stress-free and enjoyable!
Budgeting for a wedding, let’s face it, isn’t a fun activity! The great news, is that wedding planners are like the accountants of the wedding world – not only do we have a great understanding of how much goods and services will cost, we also know how your budget will need to be allocated to ensure all of your bases are covered and that your budget goes as far as possible.
Time waits for no one!
A really key one here – it takes such a long time to plan the perfect day. Not only will you and your other half have to contend with creating the day of your dreams, you probably go to work or look after the kids and have a million and one other things to think about as well. Trawling the internet for suppliers, narrowing them down and deciding who is the best fit for your day is time-consuming and often a painful process.
It is a wedding planner’s job to recommend suppliers to you, usually people we have worked with before who have proven to be trustworthy and have wowed other couples with their goods or services. Do be careful though – many wedding planners only recommend suppliers that offer them a commission payment or kickback for the work referral.
By hiring a member of the UKAWP (the wedding planning industries membership body) you can guarantee that not only has your wedding planner had their work and credentials reviewed and approved, they also do not accept commission payments so you know that their recommendations are based purely on the best fit for you and your wedding.
Impartial and on your side
As you may be aware, many venues have their own in-house wedding coordinators – one thing to keep in mind though is that anybody attached to your venue works with the venue as their priority. A wedding planner will always keep your vision at the front of their mind, even if this means bringing in outside suppliers, requesting changes to the standard packages that the venue offers etc. We also help you to manage budgets, step in when there are heated family discussions (yep, we do this one quite often!) and basically act as your wedding assistant throughout the planning process.
At One Curious Dream, our wedding planners eat, sleep and breathe weddings. A little sad for us but great for you as what this means is that we are always brimming with ideas, are on top of the latest trends in the industry and can help you create a mood/theme even if you haven’t a clue where to begin. There’s nothing we love more than responding to our couple’s requests, no matter how weird or wonderful.
It’s important to remember that the reality of planning a wedding can be quite daunting even for the most organised of couples. Navigating family politics, finding time to undertake wedding-related tasks whilst juggling everything else is not for the faint-hearted!
Wedding planners should always be flexible so whether you are looking for some input to the planning process or simply want somebody to manage the big day itself, get in touch to find out how we can help you! Don’t forget to check out the range of wedding planning services we offer in London, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge and Essex and further afield throughout the UK here: Wedding Planning Services