You may be wondering what the difference is between a wedding planner, wedding coordinator or a creative stylist?
A Wedding Coordinator is usually your wedding venue ‘on-site’ coordinator. They take care of everything related to the venue and may give you a recommended list of their associated suppliers. If you decide to book their suppliers you may still need to deal with each supplier directly throughout the planning.
On your wedding day either your existing coordinator or designated event manager will be handed the full venue itinerary of your wedding day. Their role is to ensure everything venue related operates smoothly but they are not responsible for the management of external suppliers.
A Creative Stylist has a great eye for detail. They work closely with the wedding couple, venue, florist and venue stylists to create your visions to reality. But they only assist with the creative side of things although in some cases planners also work as creative stylists which is ideal if you require a planner to take care of all aspects of the planning.
Wedding planners can organise and coordinate all aspects of your big day. Their focus is on practicalities: venues, vendors, contracts and run sheets. A full-service wedding planner’s role is to be your professional guide and mentor through every aspect of your planning and delivery process. Planners tend to work closely with the wedding couple, wedding venue coordinator and all your suppliers throughout the process. They generally take care of as little or as much as required while you always stay in control. This could be anything from supplier sourcing, partial or full planning to on-the-day services which focuses on foreseeing the venue operations and all your suppliers.
We thrive on the attention to detail and love to take care of areas which may seem daunting to you. We are great listeners, offering guidance and support, working closely with you to understand your aspirations for your big day and helping to transform your visions into reality.
Here are SEVEN other reasons why you should consider hiring a wedding planner:
1. Time is of the essence
Preparing for your wedding is a huge time commitment and typically takes up to 250 hours (almost two years) to plan without an expert involved. Hiring a wedding planner can allow you to hand over time-consuming responsibilities to a professional. Your wedding planner can source and manage suppliers, schedule appointments, check through contracts, work through timelines and various to-do lists, manage invitations and secure vendors on your behalf.
The key benefit is not having to deal with a handful of supplier’s individually as your planner would be your ‘go to’ person.
2. Reduces the stress in planning
Wedding planners are professionals at dealing with stress and works tirelessly throughout to ensure that every last detail is carefully considered and flawlessly executed.
From a supplier’s perspective, working with a wedding planner instead of directly with the bride and groom can help to keep things stress-free and streamlined – especially on the big day! Hiring a professional wedding planner can really help to reduce those all-important stress levels whilst making your wedding planning process as enjoyable as possible.
3. Budgeting and control
Most wedding planners do not aim to save you money but instead give you great value for your money. They can assist with helping you stay on track with your expenditure, source quality suppliers who fit nicely within your budget and can negotiate the costs to get you some great discounts.
4. Vast amount of Industry knowledge
All wedding planners have a long-list of recommended suppliers, of whom they can trust. We are very good at matching the right type of supplier to each client; have an idea of how much a service would cost; where to locate them and how to troubleshoot any issues along the way. The planners who are ‘creative stylists’ are fab at finding alternative ways to put together your vision effortlessly. This comes in handy when finding your pinterest ideas are not as easy to achieve.
5. Can work on an International scale
If you are looking to get married abroad but do not know where to begin their are planners who can also assist with your planning on your behalf from the UK. Planning a wedding abroad can actually be even more daunting as you may know very little about the country and its legal requirements. There are a number of great benefits with dealing with a UK planner, Internationally such as: be your direct ‘go to’ person to the vendors and removing any red tape, searching for your perfect overseas venue, location, suppliers and so on.
6. Work with your chosen suppliers
Wedding planners work closely with your venue and suppliers throughout the process until the lead up of the day to ensure a smooth run of all the arrangements. If their service includes on the day management their duties will continue working behind the scenes foreseeing the whole wedding event, the on site coordinator, and managing the suppliers to ensure a perfect flow of your wedding day.
7. Availability to wedding couples
Wedding planners are hard working and help to take away the pressures surrounding your planning and are available to you (within reasonable hours) to help assist with any questions or your needs. Their aim is to learn about your wants and needs to help deliver a truly memorable day for you. If you are looking for someone to be there at your beck and call rest assured they will be there through your ups and downs.
You may be wondering when would be the best time to hire a wedding planner? Well, If you know from the outset that you don’t have the time to fully commit to your planning we would suggest the right time to hire one would be now.
Wedding planners on average only take on 8 – 10 weddings a year for full planning services and can, as a result, get booked up quite quickly, especially during peak summer months.
Likewise, if you’re looking for someone to provide on-the-day support, then it’s best to get them booked in ASAP as it’s another item you can cross off your to-do list and once again, ensures a stress-free scenario.
Remember to do your homework as its important you have someone you feel comfortable with and is also good at what they do! Do your research and find out about their services as some vary with what they offer and how they price their services.
If you prefer a Wedding planner who is also a creative stylist it is a good idea to check to see exactly what is in their package to ensure that the styling component has been incorporated into their full-service planning and or coordination package to avoid confusion and disappointment.
The demand for wedding planners and supplier services has doubled within the last 10 years since I started but it does not necessarily mean everyone in the industry are good at what they do! Search online for professionals through reputable supplier sites, social media feeds or through personal recommendation. If you get a good vibe from their personality and written content then you are off to a pretty good start.
Good luck and happy planning!