Hiring a wedding planner isn’t the right option for everyone, and you may relish the idea of planning your own wedding - but once reality kicks in and you start to realise just how time-consuming and overwhelming it can be you may consider enlisting some professional help. It’s only right that you would then want to know exactly how working with a wedding planner will benefit you.
Here are just 10 ways in which hiring a wedding planner can help to ease the pressure, allowing you to focus on other important areas of your life.
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An experienced wedding planner will be fully equipped to tackle any challenges that come their way. Throughout the planning process we will be able to pick up on any potential issues with suppliers, contracts, or general logistics of the day. We know what timings will work, what things are sometimes overlooked, and how to make sure the day itself runs without any issues. We are experienced in managing a large number of suppliers and making sure everyone is where they are meant to be when needed, and we become the point of contact on the day; freeing you up to thoroughly enjoy your day with your loved ones.
With the average wedding taking around 300 hours to plan, it’s not surprising that more and more couples are enlisting the help of a professional wedding planner. With already having to juggle busy careers, family time, social engagements and the all important down-time, finding those extra hours to focus on your wedding planning can be difficult. Hiring a wedding planner can free up huge amounts of time, allowing you to continue focusing on these other areas of your life.
Planning a wedding can be completely overwhelming, especially if you are not used to planning such large-scale events. With so many things to think about it can be hard to know where to even begin! Working with an experienced wedding planner will provide you with clarity and direction. With each of the couples I work with, I help them to clear through the clutter and establish clear priorities based on what stage of planning they are at, and the timeline we are working with. Breaking each step down to smaller tasks makes the whole process much more manageable.
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It is so important to establish a budget from the very start of your wedding planning process (find out how to do this here). My approach of getting to know my clients, your likes & dislikes and aspirations for your day is a key part of the process, and allows me to shape your budget based on your individual priorities.
I will also guide my couples to set a realistic budget, based on my experience and will manage your spending throughout the process, ensuring that you are made aware when you are close to your spending limit.
Having a team of suppliers who you can trust is crucial for making sure your day goes to plan, and in a crowded market it can be hard to know where to begin with selecting your suppliers. Hiring a wedding planner who has built up their own network of tried and tested suppliers can be invaluable for helping you to find suppliers of the highest quality to suit your style and your budget.
Not only do we provide logistical support, but learning how to manage tricky situations with guests or relatives comes with the territory of being involved in such an emotionally charged day. If you’re unsure how to move forward with certain situations, don’t be afraid to ask your wedding planner for advice; I can assure you, we’re very likely to have experienced similar before now!
Inspiration & Style
Here at The Wildflower Wedding Planner, we are not ones for following trends for the sake of it. I will however, get to know you, your likes and dislikes, and your priorities for your day to make sure that we find ways to weave these important elements throughout your day. I absolutely adore a wedding where the personalities of my couples really shine through. You may be struggling with how exactly you can incorporate certain elements, but I will work with you to come up with creative ideas, inspiration and styling advice for how to include those things that are most special to you.
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You may be worried that hiring a wedding planner means you have to relinquish control of your day - absolutely not! I work on an entirely collaborative approach, all of the decisions remain yours to make, and each element of your day is built around your personal story, making it completely unique to you. I can be as hands-on or as hands-off as you need, and will tailor what I do to suit your needs.
When first starting out with your wedding planning, you may find you completely underestimate just how much admin is involved - the endless amounts of list making and back and forth emails could really put a dampener on it! By hiring a wedding planner, you get to hand over all of that admin whilst still getting to enjoy all the fun parts of planning a wedding. I’m not ashamed to say I love a good spreadsheet! All of the logistical challenges that you are not sure how to figure out (or may not have even thought of!) will be off your plate, freeing you up to focus on other things. No matter what stage I start working with you, we will have regular check-ins to ensure you will always have full control and full transparency over where we are at with plans for your special day.
Peace of mind
By hiring a wedding planner, you not only get to tap in to their knowledge and experience of the industry, but you also gain a person that you can go to throughout the planning process to ask for advice and support. You won’t need to fret over any element of your day for long, and we are always happy to advise and offer guidance. You also gain peace of mind that on your wedding day, you have a professional on site who has your back and will ensure that your day is meticulously planned - and if any issues do arise, will act as a buffer to make sure you don’t have to worry about solving said issue.
I offer a number of bespoke wedding planning services throughout Essex, Cambridge, Suffolk & Norfolk which I can tailor to suit your individual needs. If you think you would like some guidance through your wedding planning journey, get in touch today to see how I can help. I’d love to hear from you!