The majority of wedding planners offer different packages to suit different requirements, and most will also build a bespoke package for you depending on your needs. You might be happy to organise your own wedding but would like a couple of hours’ support at different points during the wedding planning process. It maybe that, at six weeks out, you want a wedding planner to take over the reins and carry on your work, allowing you to relax and enjoy the final run up to your special day, knowing you have someone working to your plans and following your direction. Whatever your requirements are, a bespoke package can be built, which doesn’t have to have a rich or famous price tag.
“I don’t need a wedding planner; I have a wedding coordinator at our venue.”
There is a huge difference between a venue wedding coordinator and a wedding planner. The main difference
is a wedding planner works for you! Depending on the service you book, they can support you from start to finish. They would be with you from first thing in the morning right through to the first dance and even later, if you want them
to be. They will be there to advise and support you on all aspects of the wedding and to work with all of the suppliers as one team. The venue coordinator that you have built a relationship with over the past months might not even be there on the day. In a lot of venues they work Monday to Friday, and pass the details over to the operations team who will be running your wedding on the day. If this is the case, make sure you ask for a handover meeting with your coordinator and the event manager who will be there on the day. They should offer this, but make sure you ask for it if they don’t.
“We don’t want to lose control of our day.”
Your wedding day is your day. A wedding planner is there to make your vision come alive and to tie the details together, ensuring that everything goes to plan. If something doesn’t go to plan, the wedding planner will have a plan B up his or her sleeve to put into action without anyone being aware. They are there to help you, advise you, to give suggestions if you require them but it’s certainly not their wedding! Sometimes it’s a comfort to know you have someone on your side,
and that they are focusing on you and your day. Wedding planners often end up being a confidant, someone to call on to be a supportive shoulder or a listening ear when you just need to get a few things of your chest.
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