Call­ing in the Pros

Time poor? Fraz­zled? Ty­ing the knot half- way across the world? Say good­bye to stress by hir­ing a pro to help you plan.

New Zealand Weddings Planner - - Editor’s Letter -

There are all sorts of jus­ti­fi­ca­tions for hand­ing your to- do list to some­one more qual­i­fied. Whether you have a de­mand­ing job, a tiny time­frame, or you sim­ply don’t know where to start with, well, any of it, there are pros who can help.

THE PROB­LEM: You’re pressed for time THE SO­LU­TION: A full-ser­vice wed­ding plan­ner

It’s easy to think of a plan­ner as an ex­tra ex­pense, but a good one could ac­tu­ally end up be­ing the op­po­site – thanks to their con­tacts and years of ex­pe­ri­ence. They can as­sist with ev­ery­thing from sourc­ing the best sup­pli­ers (and help­ing them all li­aise with each other) to es­tab­lish­ing a wed­ding theme, and or­gan­is­ing your seat­ing chart.

It’s a great op­tion for those get­ting mar­ried out- of- town, or over­seas – es­pe­cially if you don’t speak the lan­guage of your cho­sen des­ti­na­tion!

THE PROB­LEM: You have no idea where to start with style THE SO­LU­TION: A wed­ding stylist

While it’s true that many plan­ners dou­ble as stylists, there are also com­pa­nies that spe­cialise in the “de­sign” of your big day. Think of it as the dif­fer­ence be­tween a project man­ager and an in­te­rior de­signer. A stylist can take care of ev­ery­thing from de­cid­ing on a theme, dress­ing your venues, choos­ing light­ing, paint­ing sig­nage, and de­sign­ing your cen­tre­pieces.

THE PROB­LEM: There are lots of on- the- day lo­gis­tics you don’t know who to del­e­gate to THE SO­LU­TION: An on-the- day co- or­di­na­tor

No mat­ter how or­gan­ised you are, it can be dif­fi­cult to en­sure all of your cen­tre­pieces are per­fect, the mi­cro­phone is go­ing to work, and the cake baker knows where to go – es­pe­cially in the flurry of hav­ing hair, makeup and pho­tos done! That’s where a day- of co- or­di­na­tor comes in: they lend an ex­tra set of hands on­site on the day or in the week lead­ing up to “I do”. The ben­e­fit of re­cruit­ing a pro (in­stead of friends and fam­ily) is that they have been hired specif­i­cally for the job so won’t get dis­tracted – and have ex­pe­ri­ence in deal­ing with fraz­zled fam­ily or dif­fi­cult ven­dors. W

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