If you are anything like me, I had been planning my dream wedding in my head since I was 10 years old! So by the time I met Rian and he popped the question on a romantic holiday in Bali I already knew everything I wanted. However making that a reality was a different story. Even though I now do this for a living and love it, back then I had no idea….
I think most brides probably feel the same as I did… “I can handle all the preparations, do supplier research, gather all the information myself so I can make an informed decision” Also at that point I didn’t want to pay any more money than I had to, so a wedding planner just wasn’t even considered.
Once our wedding location and date were secured I started the “planning” – wow it was overwhelming! Google is an amazing source of information but this can also be a downside to trying to pick and make any kind of decision. There is always something else, or this one is cheaper if you do this, but like this you can also have this…arrggghhhhh!! I knew what I wanted but had no idea of how to go about getting it without feeling like I had made a wrong decision. So at that point I decided to contact a local wedding planner and once I did I felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.
Everyone says it “Weddings are stressful” and no one believes them till it’s time to plan your own…the experience wasn’t as lovey dovey as I thought it was going to be. There are so many details to take care of, hundreds of suppliers to try and choose between, mixed in with fussy family members who want this and don’t like that. I consider myself a very organised person but by having my wedding planner on hand, keeping her finger on the pulse of where everything was at, was such a relief. It turned out I wasn’t as good at picking suppliers like a thought, I wasn’t really sure what to look for in a reliable supplier that wouldn’t leave me in the lurch at the last minute. I under estimated the time it was going to take to get everything organised and in place, working a full time job where I couldn’t answer the phone all the time and make supplier site inspections, food tastings etc…having a wedding planner who already knew the suppliers, what caterers could and couldn’t do, what lighting this venue had and didn’t have. She was a wealth of information right at my feet and she answered my questions then and there – she was a blessing in disguise!
I didn’t want to be one of those brides who two weeks out from the day “just wanted it over and done with” This was the day I had been planning since I was 10 years old. My wedding planner made that a reality. Most importantly she was there on the day so all I had to do was sit back and enjoy every special moment. I knew everything Rian and I had planned was safe in her hands, all we had to do was turn up!
I think the biggest question on every couple’s lips when thinking of hiring a wedding planner is how much extra it is going to cost. Weddings are expensive as it is so can we afford it? But you know what…A wedding planner can actually save you money! By managing your budget a wedding planner will already know which suppliers you can and can’t afford. Cutting out all that stressful researching and potential overspending! A wedding planner will already know what suppliers services can cater to your wedding requirements and will know whether they are charging too much. A wedding planner can keep you in check and monitor your spending, making sure you still have plenty of pennies left over to enjoy that honeymoon!
Not wanting to sound like a sales pitch for my own wedding planning services, I just wanted to share my own experience with you all.
One of the first questions I get asked when I meet with couples is “why should I hire a wedding planner?” and now you know my answer ☺