Establishing a budget:
Hopefully the couple have talked honestly about the budget and are clear about what they can afford. A planner can help finalise the details of the budget and is likely to be able to suggest ways to get better value for money so that your dream wedding becomes within reach. They can keep an eye on the plans to avoid the costs spiralling out of control. They may be able to find discounts that mean that their role almost pays for itself in savings to the couple.
Timing and Venue:
One of the first things to consider is where and when you want the wedding to take place, do you want a small personal wedding or are you a couple that like to go big and bold and hire out the local circus tent complete with jugglers and clowns? The key to any of these arrangements is to decide with your partner on the direction you want to go and to have fun doing it. A planner can help,you decide on the best and sometimes most cost effective times to hold the event. They can work with you on the pros and cons of different types of venue and on that all important guest list and its implications.
Visualising your day:
Couples are seldom alike, when it comes to weddings there can be an amazing amount of creativity flowing, this can sometimes be confusing or add unwanted tension if it is not handled properly. This where a Planner can step in to work with you both to formulate a vision of what the day should be like and the important elements for both of you. The services they offer range from the basics such as finding a venue or sourcing florists, caterers or other suppliers (often with a discount). Or they can offer a more inclusive service by listening to all your ideas and bringing them together, over seeing the whole event leaving you to basically turn up and enjoy your special day.
Sourcing Items and Ideas.
One of the great things about a wedding planner is they take all the stress off your shoulders and do the running around to source all that you need, maybe you need a giant mushroom or a grizzly bear hat stand,this is something they will be able to acquire through their many sources. It is not uncommon to have a couple with no idea for a theme (which is of course ok as not everyone wants a particular style) but just want to be able to have a great day. It should be noted that a planner is just that, they can inspire or offer advice but the couples dream is their own unless they ask for help and direction. When there is a shortage of ideas a good planner will try to get to know the couple and find out what their interests are and what drives and motivates them in order to create a day that reflects them as a couple.
Capturing the memories:
Photography is an area which should not be overlooked, there are some fantastic photographers around who will ensure that you and your friends and family enjoy those memories long after the day has gone. The planner can discuss how the day should be captured and what might be the best value for you. Do you want the whole process from engagement shots to getting ready on the day to the ceremony and the reception or just some elements of this?
The day itself:
A good planner has military precision in ensuring that the day goes smoothly. They can oversee as much or as little of the elements of the day as the couple wants. Maybe the couple wants to enjoy setting up,the venue themselves or they might just want to leave this part to the planner. With emergency repair kit in hand, the planner can deal with any mishaps on the day and keep everyone focussed and calm as far as possible. (Some nerves are acceptable, it’s a big day!).
The above are some pointers about wedding planning. If you plan to go it alone without a planner, read as much as you can in blogs and articles, and try to shop around for discounts. If money is tight, marrying at off peak times may be cost effective and don’t forget the value of the pinterest board for collecting ideas, but know when to stop before you go over budget.