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What does a wedding planner do and do I need one?

17 February 2011

When it comes to planning a wedding, the devil is in the detail.  Wedding gowns, invitations and venues are usually the first order of business for brides-to-be, 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?

Wedding planners are like the perfect best friend – they have all the contacts, ideas and experience to help you plan your dream day.

You can hire a planner to organise a few of the big ticket items, such as sourcing a space or providing creative inspiration, or you can hire a professional to handle all the finishing touches such as directing the crowd and ensuring the band plays the right song on cue.

A resourceful planner can point you in the right direction and help you find exactly what you want with the minimum of fuss and provide sound advice. A good wedding planner is also equiped to handle more delicate tasks, such as calming frayed nerves and smoothing out any hiccups that may pop up.

Hiring a planner may even save you money, as most planners have strong relationships with suppliers and are skilled at negotiating lower prices. They 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.

When it comes to deciding on a planner, it is crucial to do your research and hire an experienced operator you feel 100% comfortable with.

When it comes to researching planners, 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.

For brides who want to work with a planner, timing is reasonably important. Consider employing a planner eight to 12 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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