the benefits of a wedding planner
When it comes to planning your wedding, you only get one chance!
Most newlyweds don’t really understand the role and benefits of having a wedding planner, hold common misconceptions about them, and therefore opt to plan their wedding all on their own.
It’s so easy to think that it will be the most fun and exciting process, without any stress or obstacles. Sometimes its not until they are months into the process that they start to understand just how many hours go into planning a wedding and how tedious some tasks can get - not to mention the unexpected surprises that will most likely crop up along the way.
Read on and let me help you demystify the most common misconceptions I've come across over time...
“MY RECEPTION VENUE COMES WITH A COORDINATOR. WHAT DO I NEED A WEDDING PLANNER FOR?”
Most onsite venue coordinators only have the responsibility of overseeing the elements related to their venue — for example, their in-house caterer. They’re NOT responsible for managing your wedding budget, sourcing all your required suppliers, reviewing their contracts, or assisting with all the logistics involved with each one. They won’t be present at your rehearsal to offer guidance. They will not offer to help direct your wedding ceremony, or act as the primary contact for your family, guests and suppliers on the day of the wedding. Neither will they ensure that everything has been planned to the finest detail.
Wedding planners offer a more personal service. They understand exactly what it takes to plan a wedding and they can do a lot of the tedious tasks that can eat up a lot of your time — such as short listing suppliers, reading through numerous contracts, making sure your musicians have had their sound test, your flowers go exactly where you said you wanted them to, the seating cards are set, and so on.
“I WANT TO HAVE FULL CONTROL OVER MY WEDDING DAY, WHICH IS WHY I LIKE THE IDEA OF PLANNING IT MYSELf”
When you hire Aleeka to help with your wedding planning, you are always in control and you always have the final say. I’m simply here to offer you as much or as little support and guidance as you might need. You may hire me to plan everything, or you may have something more specific in mind — like me, researching and short listing potential wedding venues on your behalf. The final choice is always yours.
“AREN’T WEDDING PLANNERS EXPENSIVE? I ALWAYS THOUGHT THEY WERE ONLY FOR THE RICH AND FAMOUS”
There are wedding planners to suit every budget — whether you have £12,000 or £50,000. When you tell a wedding planner how much you feel comfortable spending, it’s their job to ensure you get what you want while staying inside your budget — even if that means sourcing a less expensive alternative!
“JUST THINKING ABOUT ALL THE THINGS I NEED TO PLAN FOR MY BIG DAY LEAVES ME FEELING STRESSED OUT”
That’s where I step in. Because you shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not all those last-minute details have been taken care of on the morning of your wedding, or whether things look like you’d envisioned they would. Nor do you want to have to make last-minute phone calls to fix last-minute issues.
Instead, you should be able to enjoy the build up to walking down the aisle, safe in the knowledge that someone you trust and have an excellent relationship with has everything under control.
The right wedding planner will work with each and every supplier before and during the wedding event to ensure they are following their contracts and doing everything required of them. They can also run any last-minute errands and handle any surprises that come up during the day. After the reception, they can also collect personal items and gifts and make sure the items go home with the right person.
The good news? You’re no longer the “go to” person for everything wedding-related. You get to relax and enjoy being the center of attention instead.
“MY MUM / SISTER / BEST FRIEND SAID SHE’LL HELP ME PLAN”
While family members or friends may love the idea of helping you plan your wedding day, if they get caught up in the celebrations and forget to to keep an eye on everything, things are likely to fall apart.
With a professional wedding planner, there is no chance of this happening. A wedding planner is also better equipped to handle last-minute emergencies, like replacing a supplier at short notice. Having taken the time to get to know you and your partner, they will have a clear vision of the wedding day you want and be able to use their expertise to demonstrate their value.
I’m a firm believer in allowing your family and friends to savour your wedding celebration and saving them the trouble of having to oversee your cake delivery, set up your venue, or chase suppliers.
“I’M WORRIED HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE ME TO PLAN MY WEDDING DAY”
The average wedding takes roughly 100-250 hours to plan. So the question is: how can you give your all to your job AND 100% to planning this once-in-a-lifetime event?
When you hire a wedding planner to help you plan your big day, you get to focus on what’s most important. For example, sourcing even one supplier can be an extremely long process, so imagine having to source 9 or 10. With a wedding planner working on your behalf, you get to select from a list of vetted suppliers and make a decision in a much shorter space of time.
A wedding planner can also plan your timeline and distribute it to suppliers, and negotiate costs before passing on all discounts to you directly; saving you money whenever and wherever possible.
Put simply: having a wedding planner is a small price to pay in the grand scheme of things.