A Luxury Wedding Planners Guide To: Do I need a wedding planner?

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Long outdoor dinner table at Four Seasons Hampshire filled with colourful blooms
Outdoor gin bar with phrase "Let the fun be - GIN"
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Three tiered wedding cakes by Unique Cakes by Yevnig on a turquoise table
An outdoor gin bar at Four Seasons Hampshire
Half balloon arch at a gate entrance in pinks, beige and gold colours

I was recently asked to do a quick speech at a beautiful event taking place at Four Seasons Hampshire to couples looking at taking the first steps on their wedding planning journey. The topic of conversation was “Do I need a wedding planner”. Here I explain why you might.

One of the main questions you’re probably thinking to yourself right now is; “do I really need a wedding planner”? And the honest answer is no, maybe not, and that’s okay. There’s a strong possibility you have the entire planning situation down, your creative flair is alive and there’s just no stopping you. But for those of you that really have no idea, here’s a couple of reasons you may need a wedding planner.

– You don’t have the time, the patience, the creativity, the organisational skills to bring the entire day together.

– You’ve seen plenty of pictures on Pinterest, you may have wacky ideas that you want to bring alive, but have no idea where to start.

– Maybe you just do not have a clue what you want, where you want it or who you need to call to make it happen. Hopefully you do already have the fiancée though. (No judgement if not.)

So can a wedding planner really help you?

This is really a personal question for each of you, so it’s difficult to answer in broad terms. I’m not a hugely salesy person, because I don’t believe your wedding planning should begin with a sales pitch. It should be exciting, not like work, however I’m here to help you. Be your guidance, your honest opinion, your sounding board, your schedule, your reminder and the communication between you and everybody else.

The entire journey for you should be fun, exciting and stress free. You’re going to meet so many new people, incredibly talented suppliers and hopefully enjoy lots of memorable experiences. Think of the wine tasting, cake tasting, food tastings. Through it all it’s really important that you remember throughout, that it’s about the two of you.

One of the most important things to me is making sure your personality, individuality and story as a couple is shown throughout your wedding day. The personal touches are the one and only thing that separates your big day from the thousands of weddings every year. I can make your wedding beautiful, I can make sure it runs on time, everybody is happy and the drinks are flowing, however it’s those quirks that really bring the day to life.

When looking for a wedding planner, there are many out there, so my main advice would be to find somebody that you truly trust with your wedding. Choose someone that you genuinely like, because you will be spending so much time with them and talking to them, sharing your stories, your ideas and you really need to be able to open up with them. A really important question for you to ask them is how many weddings they do a year. Personally, I now aim to now only work with between 8 – 12 clients a year. Why? Because you want to make sure your wedding planner is dedicated to you and your wedding solely. This is especially important for the last few of weeks leading up to it. They shouldn’t be worrying about multiple weddings or events in the same week.

If you’re still undecided, please feel free to get in touch to see how we can help you. We’re based in Buckinghamshire, but travel all across the UK and beyond to work with our lovely couples!

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