When we get planning enquiries we’re always asked what the benefits are of hiring an independent wedding planner rather than just using an in-house venue planner. So to help more of you out there with the same question here goes with our quick 5 point guide. Remember there’s no right or wrong answer just the one that suits you and your wedding plans!

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1. Save Time

We spend the majority of our time sourcing and working with different wedding suppliers. We know who to go to, why and what their areas of expertise are.  This saves one heck of a lot of time in researching and getting samples and quotes. If you’re a busy couple research time is the biggest bug bear but it’s definitely the one area you need to get right. Taking time off work to look at venues or chasing down quotes can become really stressful. We can cut down on serious pavement pounding or internet trawling hours for you both so you can concentrate of other areas of your planning (and life!).

2. Save Money

Yes we know it sounds a bit weird saying you’ll need to pay a wedding planner but you’ll save money. Huh? How’s that? Well just like in our saving time example we also secure discounts with other suppliers to get the best deal for our clients. The suppliers are also happy to reduce the cost as they’re dealing with us and know that we’ll be able to give them quick answers to their questions and have a full brief to get on with the task in hand. This means with less for them to organise directly they’ll reduce the cost of their service (sometimes considerably!)

3. Personalised Service

By using a planner Brides-to-be are able to stay in complete control of their wedding planning. With one point of contact totally dedicated to them and their plans they can make changes or get updates in one quick phone call. No need to ring five suppliers or wait for calls back from various sources. It’s also easy to share problems and worries with a planner rather than family as they’re not involved in any of the emotional pulls and stresses. They can give you an independent view to help you deal with some of those issues and make a decision that’s right for you. Depending on your level of planning they will always be there on the end of the phone.


4. Budget Control

A planner is there to make sure you don’t go mad with your budget. Once it’s been set they will ensure you are keeping to target and can advise where changes may need to be made. They can also advise on where you can make savings and what DIY elements you can easily add in to save some pennies. In-house planners won’t manage the holistic budget process and will only look after costs associated with catering (if part of the venue service).

5. Full Planning Overview

Some venues will offer a planner as part of their venue hire package. Just make sure though you are clear that an in-house planner will only be managing what happens at the venue regarding the catering and other logistics like parking and clearing away. They won’t have an overall view of your wedding and won’t be there as a assistant to you and your wedding party on the day.

If you think you’ll be okay with an in-house planner just be sure that you are clear on what they will and won’t do. Check little requirements you have like laying out favours and name places, getting presents for the bridal party and making sure guests are in the right place at the right time. Also check that the wedding planner will actually be working on your day of the wedding (surprising but we’ve been called in at the last minute when the Bride finds the in-house planner isn’t actually there on the big day!).

Some venue planners are brilliant though and depending on your set up you might not need an independent like us at all. No independent wedding planner will want to take an on-the-day co-ordination job if there’s nothing for them to do. It’s just bad business so they won’t be afraid to tell you if they don’t think they’ll be needed.

We hope this helps and if you need more info give us a call!


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One Response to “Five Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner”

  1. this is nice. it would be stress free for the couple..the wedding reception would be great.

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