A lot of people don’t even consider hiring a wedding planner. Sometimes it’s because of cost, sometimes they just feel that they can do a perfectly good job themselves. However, planning everything you need for a wedding (the cars, the flowers, the wedding photography, the reception…) can be stressful – and you’ve probably never done it before. A wedding planner isn’t for everyone, but it may be worth considering whether you would like a little help.
WHAT DOES A WEDDING PLANNER DO?
Wedding planners often offer different packages, which involve letting them handle different amounts of the work. They may handle the booking arrangements for flowers, food and so on completely. Alternatively, they may just coordinate them on the day and make sure the frenzy of setting up runs smoothly. In short, they can probably do as much or as little as you want them to, with you or your friends and family free to deal with the rest.
The important thing to remember is that, however much of the work they handle, a wedding planner will work with you to achieve your perfect wedding. They won’t take over with ideas or the style of the day, just help you manage the practical side.
HOW MUCH DOES A WEDDING PLANNER COST?
When most people picture wedding planners, they tend to think of the high-end planners who work with lavish budgets. In fact, there are wedding planners out there who found their career on doing wonderful jobs with small budgets and modest, family-centred weddings.
With so many wedding planners working on different types of weddings and offering different packages, an exact figure is almost impossible to name. As a rough indicator, on-the-day coordination starts at around £250. If you just want your own plans double-checked it will cost less, if you want more help in advance it will cost more.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF A WEDDING PLANNER?
- A wedding planner will save you time, effort and stress. They will take much of the hard work and many stressful tasks off of your hands, leaving you to look forward to your big day. They could even save you money by helping to negotiate things like wedding photography prices.
- You will get an expertly constructed plan for the day. It will include a detailed timeline or running order, and proper positions for flowers, food, photography and so on. They will then take responsibility for executing the plan properly and direct all the service providers at the venue. This will be a big help in making sure your day runs smoothly.
- You get peace of mind, knowing that this hugely important event is being handled by a professional who knows how to make sure it goes well.
WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF A WEDDING PLANNER?
- Wedding planners cost money. It’s true that there are a range of planners available for a range of wedding budgets, but obviously none of them can work for free. This means that a wedding planner will either cost extra, or sap the budget available for other parts of the day.
- Wedding planners have become less necessary than they once were thanks to the internet. A huge amount of information is available online – both in terms of advice and practical information about service providers. This makes it much easier to find the right people and companies and to get everything organised yourself. If you are having a modest wedding and have the time to put into planning it yourself, you may find that everything falls into place quite easily without the extra help.
So do you need a wedding planner? A lot depends on how comfortable you feel with organising everything yourself and whether you have a support network of friends and family who can help. A wedding planner may not be appropriate for every couple, but as they’re definitely not just for the rich and famous, if you feel you do need a little help, hiring a planner might be worth considering.