Do I Need A Wedding Planner

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It’s inevitable that couples will experience a whole host of emotions throughout their wedding planning journey, ranging from pure excitement through to utter overwhelm.

For some, a brand new venture that they can project manage is beyond exciting.  Gathering inspiration, creating spreadsheets, reaching out to potential wedding suppliers and fine-tuning logistical detail is second nature to them, and they wholeheartedly submerge themselves in the wonderful world of weddings.

Whilst for others, the mere thought of spending every non-working waking hour, (and this includes train journeys and lunch hours), discussing all things weddings will raise their stress levels through the roof.  And, for these couples, working with a wedding planner could be the antidote they need to keep them on track and ensure they enjoy their wedding preparations.

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Why work with a wedding planner

There are a whole host of reasons why couples choose to work with a wedding planner.  For some, hectic workload and or busy family lives prevents them from dedicating the estimated 250 hours required to plan a wedding.

Couples that have chosen to host their wedding within a venue which is not local or familiar will often call upon the professional services of a wedding planner.  Relying on their local knowledge and relationships with local wedding suppliers to ensure their wedding planning journey as well as the day itself runs smoothly.

Top on the list for hiring a wedding planner are couples who have chosen to host their wedding within a marquee or dry hire venue.  This is mainly due to the complex nature of planning a wedding within venues such as these.

In fact, it is often under estimated how many suppliers will be involved with a wedding of this style, as well as the extensive logistical planning that will need to be in place prior to the big day.  Hence the reason for many couples reaching out to a planner a few months into planning a wedding within a non permanent structure or dry hire venue.


At what stage should I begin working with a wedding planner

The majority of wedding planners will offer a selection of wedding planning services which allows them to begin providing assistance at every stage of a couples wedding planning journey.

The services offered by each wedding planner will vary depending on their particular style and skill set.

Style lead planners will often originate from an interior or fashion design background, and will therefore base their planning services around the design aspect associated with planning a wedding.

Whereas planners from a corporate or administrative background such as myself tend to offer logistical planning services which will include lots of lists, spreadsheets and schedules.

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Services offered by a wedding planner

Full Planning:

Full wedding planning is a bespoke service which is often tailored to meet the requirements of your wedding day and will provide assistance with each element associated with planning your special day.  When you begin working with a planner they will inform you of the support that you can expect to receive from them within their Full Planning Service.  But, as a guide you can expect to receive assistance with budget creation and management, supplier sourcing, wedding administration, RSVP and dietary requirement management, venue set up, wedding day co-ordination as well as a constant flow of advise, support and guidance when required.

Partial Planning:

Partial Planning is perfect for couples who have laid the foundations for their wedding, but now require assistance as their wedding day approaches.  This service will often include full administrative support for each element of your wedding, reviewing and complimenting your existing plans, taking care of any final arrangements as well as co-ordinating your wedding day.

On The Day Co-ordination And Management:

Working with you in the weeks leading up to your wedding day, On The Day Wedding Co-ordination & Management service is ideal for couples who have planned their own wedding but require the assurance of working with a planner as the countdown to their wedding begins.

Ensuring that no detail has been overlooked, a planner will review your plans, contact each of your suppliers, offer advice and assistance when required, as well as being with you on your wedding day working discreetly behind the scenes ensuring that your wedding day runs smoothly.

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As you will hopefully have seen from the above, a wedding planner is so much more than someone who will turn up on your wedding day looking busy with a clipboard, and we are in fact dedicated members of the wedding profession who will work long unsociable hours and will undertake any task needed, (well most), to ensure that your wedding day is everything you dreamed of and more.

So in answer to the question in the title of this blog post “Do I Need a Wedding Planner”?  I guess, if you would like to work with a wedding professional who understands the wedding industry, will work tirelessly to understand the vision you have for your wedding day, will go above and beyond to ensure that your vision is delivered and most importantly care about your wedding as if it were their own, then working with a wedding planner could be just what your looking for.

If you are considering working with a wedding planner and are planning your wedding within Essex, Suffolk, Kent, Hertfordshire or Cambridgeshire, please feel free get in touch, I would love to hear from you.


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With a keen eye for detail, organisational skills that are second to none and the love of a “to do” list it was inevitable that Hayley would become an events planner. She started her career within the legal profession and was a Personal Assistant for 14 years before training with the UKAWP to become a professional wedding and events planner and then going on to launch “Hayley Jayne Weddings & Events”.

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