You have just got engaged and you may well have been planning your dream day in your head for many years. However, dreams and reality don’t always go hand in hand! Planning a wedding will undoubtedly come with an element of stress, but there are ways to minimise your stress levels, and one is to hire a wedding planner.
Wedding planners have a wealth of experience planning weddings, communicating with vendors and bringing even the most unlikely dreams to reality. You might well decide to fly solo and plan your wedding alone, and if that is the case then be sure to head over to our website or Amazon and invest in our comprehensive wedding planning bible. It will answer most if not all of your questions and make your planning journey that bit easier. However, if you are undecided, then read this blog and it will explain the main reasons why hiring a wedding planner is a very wise decision.
Experience Goes A Long Way
As wedding planners, we have many years of experience planning everything from the quaint and beautiful small beach wedding in Marbella to the jaw dropping extravagant hotel wedding in Central London. You might think that you know what you want and that is a great first step, but actually planning an event for over a hundred people can be tricky and full of logistical hurdles, and that is not to say that planning a smaller scale event is any easier!
The actual wedding is only one day, but the admin side of planning starts from the get go. So, when it comes to keeping track of your suppliers, payments, making sure that you sign the right contracts, helping you to navigate the legal side and relevant legal marriage documents, and just being able to manage your event from start to finish, this is what we do best!
A Little Bit of Inspiration
When it comes to bringing your dream wedding to life you will undoubtedly get a lot of inspiration from social media, Pinterest, the internet and bridal magazines.
Whether it’s turning a UK warehouse into the Dubai desert, having a pop-up beauty bar for your guests, fireworks at midnight or arriving up to your wedding on a speedboat, we have quite literally done it all! As wedding planners, we aim to make any dream a reality and one way or another, most things are possible and sometimes you just need some inspiration.
You may have scrolled through hours of online ideas and not quite found what you are looking for, but by having a wedding planner, you can be sure that you will have a bespoke event created just for you which ticks all of your boxes and makes your dream wedding a reality.
Every Penny Counts
You probably think that hiring a wedding planner is simply an additional cost. This one of the biggest reasons why people often choose to plan their own wedding. However, planners have long standing relationships with many suppliers in many different countries and often this enables them to negotiate better deals on your behalf, than had you contacted them directly.
Due to the nature of this business, planners and suppliers have existing relationships which provides potential discounted rates for the planners’ clients. One thing that you will come to realise early on is that weddings are expensive and if you can save a percentage along the way as a result of insider relationships, then you will be grateful at the end.
Sticking to the Schedule
The word schedule pops up in wedding planning from day one! Whether it’s the schedule of events and activities on your big day, or the payment schedule for your suppliers, it is all about the schedule! At optimum weddings we have a passion for planning, schedules, details and spreadsheets and so through our daily work, we will make sure that everything runs according to plan, and that you don’t miss out any small detail of your wedding.
Sometimes it is incredibly easy to get so consumed with the bigger picture that you forget the smaller details that can mean so much on the day.
Additionally, especially when planning a destination wedding, you will need to co-ordinate the transport for your band if you are flying them over, the transport of your guests if you are hiring coaches and so much more. This might sound like a daunting task, but this is where having a planner is incredibly beneficial as they will handle all of these details for you.
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Ultimately, a wedding planner will help ensure that every detail has been accounted for and that everyone is where they need to be on time, thus eliminating a lot of unnecessary stress for you.
A Destination Language Barrier
Your dream destination wedding might be getting married in the beautiful vineyards of Italy surrounded by lush vegetation or maybe on a stretch of beach as the sun sets in Spain with the sound of the waves behind you, but have you considered the language barrier?
So often people underestimate how important it is to be able to speak the local dialect in order to communicate with suppliers. The language barrier can also be a problem where the legal side is concerned as every country has different legal marriage requirements and documents in the native language which might leave you spending a lot of time on Google translate!
By hiring a wedding planner, they will not only know about the legal requirements in whichever country you have chosen, but they will also either speak the relevant language themselves, or have consultants who do.
This will mean that you don’t need to worry about misinterpreting a contract, misunderstanding the florist and ordering the wrong flowers or any other issues which could arise due to you not speaking your chosen destination’s language fluently.
Time is A Luxury
Have you ever considered the logistics of planning a wedding whilst working full time? The truth is, it can be tricky to be available on the phone to speak to suppliers, and reply to urgent emails whilst holding down a full-time job. Fortunately, wedding planning is our full-time job, which it means that you can carry on with your daily work life and leave the wedding admin and supplier communication to us.
You will of course need to make time to speak to your planner, but we speak from experience when we say that we can accommodate you and fit in around your working day.
The same cannot always be said for suppliers as they often also work nine to five jobs and if you don’t speak to them during those hours then you might find yourself having to take time out of your work day to make some essential calls.
Keep Calm and Enjoy Your Big Day
All the aforementioned reasons aside, one of the biggest benefits of having a wedding planner is that they can take away a lot of your stress. Your planner will be there to make sure that everything on your day runs smoothly and they will quite literally send you down the aisle on time with your beautiful train carefully positioned so that it cascades behind you.
As with any event, there will always be last minute hiccups between the suppliers and a guest drama or two, but if you have a good wedding planner then they will be there to extinguish any fires before they take hold and most likely, you will never even know that there was ever a problem to begin with.
A wedding planner will also attend all your supplier meetings with you, help you navigate site visits and food tastings and get to know you and what you want. Ultimately, having a planner allows you to enjoy the leadup to your wedding and the day itself.
Planning your wedding might seem like a daunting task but it is something which we take in our stride at optimum weddings. Whatever your vision, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that we will make sure that you have your wedding, your way.
Finally, if experience is anything to go by, then we can say with one hundred percent certainty that we will have a lot of fun on your unique and magical wedding planning journey with you.
For more information then please head over to our website where you can scroll through our beautiful wedding archives and choose to contact either our UK or Destination Wedding office. We cannot wait to make your dream a reality!