There are certain preconceptions that people tend to think about when the words “wedding planner” are mentioned and unfortunately (for me) those preconceptions are sometimes negative.
I thought it would be interesting to look at one of the most prevalent and give you my take on it. So…. Are wedding planners expensive? Are wedding planners worth it?
Being “Expensive” is Relative
The definition of ‘expensive’ is something that costs a lot of money. Saying ‘Wedding Planners are Expensive’ is like saying handbags or shoes are expensive. Some are expensive when you compare them to others.
I think it’s wrong to label all wedding planners as expensive because, admittedly; some do cost a lot of money but equally there are wedding planners like myself that make an honest living without inflated prices.
What do Wedding Planners Actually Do?
Another way of looking at it is to think about what a wedding planner does. Like myself, most wedding planners are prepared to get involved in as little or as much as is needed according to the bride and grooms requirements. I like to think of myself as a kind of “Wedding P.A.” and my involvement can be any or all of the following :
Sourcing, Advising and Helping to Select Suppliers (Caterers, Musicians, Florists, Photographers etc…)
Although I can’t speak for every wedding planner out there, I don’t take commission on any bookings placed with suppliers. A wedding planner should only have his or her clients needs and requirements in mind and I personally think it’s important to be as impartial as possible.
I add value by doing the running around; speaking to the various suppliers, negotiating with them (most people are not good at haggling) and giving you my thoughts based on experience so that you can make an informed decision for yourself.
Creativity & Ideas
Almost all of the Brides I work with (and Grooms, but mostly Brides!) have a very good idea of what they want their wedding day to be like. As a wedding planner it’s my job to help realise the Bride’s thoughts and imagination.
I add value by listening to my clients’ ideas and offering expert advice and assistance if asked. Yes, I’m creative. Yes, I have lots of fantastic ideas. No, I’m not going to force them down my client’s neck or ‘take over’ their wedding.
For a bride or groom, organising a wedding can be very stressful. After all, it’s not as if most people have a lot of experience. It’s uncharted territory for most couples. Things go wrong from time-to-time and as a wedding planner my job is to reduce the risk of problems happening and if they do; my job is to make them right.
I add value by using my experience and organisational skills to successfully tackle problems so that the bride and groom stay as stress free as possible.
When required I’m also responsible for making sure everything runs smoothly on the day of the wedding. This is often the case if the venue where the wedding takes place doesn’t have a wedding co-ordinator of its own or if your venue is at home or in a marquee at a non-serviced location.
I add value by making sure your suppliers are well managed and ensuring everything runs smoothly, on time and goes to plan on your special day.
Am I Expensive? No… Here’s the Proof.
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. As a wedding planner, I offer value by using my skills and experience to help make sure my client’s wedding day is remembered for being amazing.
So, am I expensive? No, I don’t think I am and if one day I ever have doubts I’m going to think back to a conversation I had with one of my clients and her mother a couple of weeks ago….
Sam and Janis popped over to my house a couple of days after Sam’s beautiful wedding at Newton Hall in Northumberland. They arrived in a joyous mood to pick up some cake stands that needed to be returned to the supplier. We exchanged some cheerful words about how fantastic Sam and Martin’s day was and then Janis just hit me with this…
Janis - “In the car, on our way over; we were talking about the wedding and Sam told me that out of everything she spent money on, the best thing was YOU Ailsa”.
I LOVE being a wedding planner. I was already so happy that I had opportunity to help make their day so special but hearing this made it even more rewarding.
—- Are wedding planners expensive? What do you think? Share your thoughts below…