After recent wedding fairs I thought today I would just go through some points raised by brides, as well as highlight a subject that I discovered on another planning blog that may help give a better understanding about the role of a Wedding planner. Here in the UK Wedding planners are not as widely used as in the USA.
I am planning my own big day so why would I need the help of a planner?
Every bride that I have had the pleasure to work with is certainly very capable, they have their own ideas and are often at the very start of their planning. They often come to me looking for direction, suggestions and advice. As a planner we are there to work with and for the bride and her family to bring together their vision and at the same time save them money, time and stress which hopefully makes the whole wedding planning process a little more enjoyable. We are not there to dictate or take anything away from the bride, we work together as a team.
"I have a limited budget so cannot afford a planner"
Please do not be put off by only having a small budget, one of our key tasks is to save you money! that's right! We will always sit down over a consultation and work with you and your budget so we can provide a plan just for you. Also by taking time to meet suppliers and businesses we can often recommend people that will go that extra mile to ensure you have the very best for your wedding as well as passing on discounts to our clients, so by using maybe 2 or 3 of the suppliers we recommend you could make a great saving. Again we have a large database so we are not tied into just one or two people, the end decision is always yours.
Why would you need a wedding planner/co-ordinator if you have already got an ‘on site’ co-ordinator with your venue?
The Answer to this is, both have different roles.
An on-site Co-ordinator’s job is to ensure that everything runs smoothly for the Venue, that the kitchen is ready for the meal to be served on time, the room set up ready for the reception and they are essential for the smooth running of any services that you have requested from the Venue itself.
A Wedding Coordinator’s job is to ensure everything runs smoothly for YOU
Your Co-ordinator will have been working with you for some time and will be there to take care of all the special personal touches, Their focus is on you as a bride and bridegroom. They will have a list of all your suppliers and if for some reason your DJ does not arrive or there is a small blip in your day, your Wedding Co-ordinator should be able to remedy the problem.
One of our main roles is to assist brides in securing professional suppliers and businesses that are suitable for your wedding. Some Venues will often have recommended lists of professionals that they use, but please do not feel that you should be pressured into using their services, after all what suits one bride will not necessarily fit another. That is another reason why as an independent wedding planner we can help you with a variety of recommendations to suit every budget. So Because we are with you during the planning stages as it’s our job to know your your wedding day priorities and to make sure that they are attended to. Another thing to bear in mind is that often when you are planning your wedding, a venue co-ordinator may have changed several times prior to your wedding, which at times can create problems itself. When you hire your own co-ordinator you have consistency, that one person who understands just how you want things to be.
A wedding takes teamwork! from the suppliers, venue, co-ordinators even down to the bridal party. Everyone has their role to play in your special day.
So the choice should not be either or where co-ordinators are concerned, both have different roles to play, both are key components to ensuring your day runs seamlessly.
And realistically if either Co-ordinator tells you that ‘you don’t need the other coordinator’, consider finding another venue or wedding planner! Professionals know how important each role is and work together with respect!