A wedding planner is a good option for a busy bride and groom, or for a couple who have a generous budget but are uncertain as to exactly what they want.
Most couples underestimate the time it takes to plan a wedding, the practicalities involved and the vast number of options available. The wedding planner is there to project manage, coordinate meetings with suppliers and secure bookings. They will also be present on the day.
A bride and groom who are considering hiring a wedding planner should remember that their function is to advise and organise, rather than dictate and take over. A good planner should take the couple’s expectations and visions of the big day and translate them into reality.
Choosing and Hiring
Where possible, the bride and groom should follow personal recommendation and interview several different planners to see whose manner and outlook best matches their expectations. If the parents are paying, their opinion should also be sought.
A good planner will be adept at working to a budget, managing tricky family situations, dealing with crises and brokering deals. Above all, they will be flexible.
Once the planner is on board, they will attend all supplier meetings. It is a good idea to nominate one person – usually the bride – as the planner’s point of contact to avoid any breakdown in communication.
The planner will involve the couple at every stage of the process, talk through ideas and develop the couple’s vision for the big day.
A wedding planner’s unique value lies in their contacts. These are of paramount importance, and would otherwise be hard to come by. The planner is armed with a choice of highly regarded and trusted suppliers such as florists, caterers, photographers, set builders, musicians and staff. Moreover, a wedding planner will have an established relationship with suppliers and will be able to secure discounts and favours. The discounts that they can secure from the suppliers in their little black book will go some way towards compensating for the cost of planner.