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Antipodeans warming to the idea of hiring Wedding Professionals

27 August 2010

The antipodean culture of DIY steers many of us to believe that professional wedding planners are typically recognised as being available to cater only to the wealthy and elite.  However, this misconception is becoming unfashionable.  The reality is, wedding planners can save you a ton of money and time as well as ensure that your wedding day runs perfectly; and here's how.

1. Vendor Savings: Hiring a planner may can and should save you money, as most have strong relationships with suppliers and are skilled at negotiating lower prices. Planners 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.

2. Budgeting: A resourceful planner will work with you to establish and stay within the parameters of a budget; often providing comprehensive check lists and expense reports to keep the budget on track.

3. One Stop Shop: Rather than having to shop around for suitable vendors and information regarding the services they provide, your planner will provide you with this information saving you valuable time.

4. Time Savers: Almost as precious as your finances is your time.  The time needed to prepare for your big day can be overwhelmingly consuming.  Researching vendors, co-ordinating your bridal party, as well as on-the-day schedules and post-wedding priorities can and do take their toll on many couples.  Imagine the amount of stress that alleviated when a professional takes over those daunting tasks leaving you and your partner to not only continue your usual routine without undue disruptions to your day-to-day living arrangements but also just to enjoy your engagement.  To have a planner should prove to be a ‘God-send’ rather than a financial liability.

5. Damage Control: Well meaning family members are inclined to want to have a say on how the wedding deliberations should take place although it may not be what the couple want.  A wedding planner can be a brilliant buffer for this kind of situation.  Wedding planners are also trained to handle delicate tasks, such as calming frayed nerves and smoothing out any hiccups that may occur.

6. Wedding Etiquette: These days, almost anything goes, however, there are still some basic rules that should at least be discussed such as speech sequences, seating arrangements, who pays for what?  Your wedding planner will advise you of all these To Do’s and more.

A wedding planner should be like the perfect best friend – having all the contacts, ideas and experience to help you plan your dream day without taking over.

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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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