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Professional Wedding Planner - Do you need one?

26 July 2010

When it comes to planning a wedding, the devil is in the detail.  Wedding gowns, eues, cakes, invitations, the list for a bride-to-be can be endless, but what about all the little things that make the day truly special?
If planning your day seems like an overwhelming task, then it might be time to call in the experts. Wedding planners offer different levels of service, from planning the entire event to organising just a few aspects.

But what do wedding planners actually do, and how will you benefit from having a professional help you plan the most important day of your life?

A stress-free wedding
A wedding planner should take on the role of your best friend – someone who has all the contacts, ideas and experience to help you plan your dream day and someone who most importantly, is there every step of the way to ensure you’re focussed on the bigger picture. That being said, you may want to hire a planner to organise just a few of the big ticket items, such as sourcing a space or providing creative inspiration, rather than having someone do everything from hiring suppliers to handling all the finishing touches.  Either way, a resourceful planner will point you in the right direction and help you find exactly what you want with the minimum of fuss and provide sound advice.

The cost of a wedding planner varies depending on how much involvement your planner has but in every circumstance, hiring a planner should save you money, not just stress! Good planners have strong relationships with suppliers and are skilled at negotiating lower prices, they are are also aware of all the hidden costs associated with big events, such as security, bottle removal and cake-cutting fees, which can help you avoid a budget blow-out.

Choosing your planner
When it comes to deciding on a planner, it goes without saying that it is crucial to do your research. Websites will give you a good first impression, but you should make appointments and meet potential planners in person to make sure you are comfortable with their approach and style of work. My advice is, go on your gut instinct. If it’s like catching up with an old friend, she’s the one.

For brides who want to work with a planner, timing is reasonably important. Any good planner will prefer to meet potential clients as early as possible and spend time getting to know the couple. Consider employing a planner eight to twelve months before your wedding date. The more time you have, the more choices you have when it comes to suppliers, especially if you’re planning to wed in peak seasons, such as spring and summer.

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Shadan is the Aussie girl who married a Kiwi boy, and discovered first hand the lack of help available for UK-based Antipodeans returning "home" to marry.

After more than a decade of customer focused roles, including personal assistant and events coordination, Shadan longed for a new challenge, doing something she was truly passionate about.

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