We have all heard a story about the wedding that went wrong. It's common knowledge that "the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray", yet we do nothing to plan for it. Every bride wants the most talented photographer to reserve her memories and the most gifted florist to create the most beautiful scene, yet they proceed to put someone like their mother or their maid of honor in charge of running everything. This makes no sense to me. There are so many talented wedding planners out there who can make your special day run seamlessly and help you with every little detail, yet many brides would rather invest in expensive wedding favours that no one will remember instead of a qualified planner. Let me put it this way: It's like bringing together an all-star football team and then asking your mother to coach them …. for free. Are you beginning to see how ridiculous this notice is?
Let me be clear, I am not against DIY. In fact, I often advise brides to do some DIY projects. They can be fun and save you tons of money. However, there are some places where I think it is foolish to try to do things yourself. If you would not dream of doing your own photography, why would you try to orchestrate the contracts, relationships and schedules of 20+ vendors when you are trying to have fun?
Now I know you're on a budget, I understand. But, did you know that a wedding planner can actually save you money? We have relationships with vendors that allow us to negotiate discounts for our clients that the general public can not get. Let's look at an example. Many of the vendors that I work with offer 10% off of their services for clients that I refer to them. Now, if your wedding budget is £ 10,000 and you book all of your sellers through me, you will save £ 1,000. Think about what you could do with an extra £ 1,000.
Venue coordinators and relatives that want to help with your wedding are great, but they are not there for you to dump the load of planning your entire wedding on. A good venue coordinator can make sure that your reception runs smoothly but will not have relationships with vendors that can save you money. As for relatives, I personally think they deserve to have as much fun at your wedding as you should be having! Leave the stress and the worry to the professionals. You should be preparing to have one of the best days of your life, not worrying about why the cake has not arrived. And did you know that, on average, it takes a couple 250 hours to plan a wedding? Nobody wants to take on such a daunting task alone. Do yourself a favor, just take five minutes and call a local wedding planner to set up a consultation. When you are having the time of your life at your wedding, you'll thank me.