Give your wedding worries to a planner
If the thought of preparing for one of the most momentous days of your life sends chills of apprehension down your spine, you might consider putting the arrangements in the hands of a wedding planner.
For most people, the wedding they are organising is their first experience of assembling such an event and there is naturally some trepidation when they contemplate all the tasks that have to be taken care of as the months and weeks tick by.
A planner can take the burden off your shoulders in a variety of ways.
Help create the perfect wedding for you – the venue, colour scheme, theme, music, catering and so on.
Help you to put together a budget and keep track of expenditure.
Suggest people or companies that will suit your budget and ideas.
Formulate a planning schedule so that you know what has been done and what needs to be taken care of.
Save you some money (your planner will have useful connections)
Take care of any emergencies, giving peace of mind.
You will need to choose your planner carefully. Word of mouth is always good, especially in a smaller community. Ring and see if you like them over the phone. You need to feel comfortable with them and it is important that they demonstrate knowledge and competence. It may be that they have a qualification in event management and a diploma to show for it. You may wish to ask for references or at least have contact with previous clients. Are they within your budget? Is this a profession for them or do they just plan occasionally?
What sort of packages do planners offer?
Consultation. This means that the planner will not be at your wedding, but will teach you the skills to plan your own day.
Planning preparation. As well as consultation they save you time by listening to your ideas, make appointments, put together a wedding folder to keep track of things and help put together a schedule.
Full wedding day. A planner/ coordinator can be hired for the wedding day alone. She will direct the events of the day and make sure that everyone involved is doing their job efficiently – those involved in table dressing, the caterers and chefs, transport and so on.
She will take care of problems and emergencies if they arise. You will need to meet with the coordinator several times to go over details.
Questions to ask a planner before you engage one:
What are your credentials/ experience?
How do you charge (percentage, flat rate, hourly)?
How do you work – are you computer literate?
How many times will we meet (including rehearsal)? How will you be dressed? Can you plan a wedding within our budget?
What are the terms for your payment?
Remember that above all else you are delegating one of the most important events in your life to your planner, so trust will be a vital ingredient in making this special day a memorable one.