How do I know if I could use a wedding planner?
Wedding planners were perhaps once considered frivolous and for the ultra-rich and famous, however, in reality, we are practical solutions for busy lives. The most popular reasons I find clients use my wedding planning services are for the knowledge I bring to their plans and the extra time I gain them. And, in some cases, saved them from ill-spent money which would have not achieved their overall vision for their wedding days. When you consider how long it could take to get it right planning alone versus time spent with family, friends and work commitments, it can soon unravel into a potentially stressful environment. On average, to plan a whole wedding takes between 250-300 hours, that's a consolidated 6 weeks, working 40 hours a week. Hiring a wedding planner will be dedicated to you throughout, ensuring you are making the best decisions for you and your wedding. If you want to learn a little more about what to expect from me as your wedding planner, take a look here.
How much does working with you cost?
I don’t believe weddings should be a production line of like for like products. Often, your wedding day will have been thought about for years and I believe the most important element of my job is to truly reflect your personalities so you can enjoy both the planning and your wedding day, worry-free. I offer a variety of service levels dependent upon the stage you are in planning. For full planning, I work on a percentage of 12% of the overall amount budgeted for your wedding with a minimum fee applicable – I am transparent with our fees from the outset and inclusions will be detailed prior to signing a contract. Partial planning begins from £1400 and this is quoted dependent upon the level of support needed, dependent on the stage you are at. On the day co-ordination and management begins from £600 and my planning blocks are priced, dependent upon your requirements. I work on a quality over quantity basis every time, which means you can rest assured your plans are getting the attention they deserve.
On average, planning a wedding takes 250 hours which is a substantial amount of time for busy lives! Hiring a planner is an investment whereby your return is the time and often cost-saving you are making.
Will you travel?
Of course! The majority of my weddings happen in Yorkshire, Derbyshire & The Lakes, but I'm more than happy to cover further afield. Just get in touch for a chat and we can discuss your requirements.
Do you offer wedding styling?
Whilst I choose not to permanently hold items of stock or decor as part of my collection, I do design wedding days. As part of my ethos, individuality is key so when I design your day, it is one of a kind and bespoke to you. Usually, couples include this service within either my full planning or partial planning service and I will design their day, as well as source the relevant suppliers to ensure this is top-notch. This can include suppliers such as florists, furniture, linen & stationary - whatever it takes to create the vision. I will then also coordinate, the design elements during the set-up of your wedding day. If there's something else, I can help you with - do let me know as I'm always happy to chat.
Will a wedding planner take over?
Each planner works differently however it's incredibly important to me that you are still the centre of your wedding. Decisions regarding your wedding will always remain yours and although I can part advice and expertise you are the client and decision-maker in your wedding planning.
What are your deposit information and payment terms?
All of my planning services are tailored to your requirements, upon booking you will be provided with a summary of key information, dates and expectations throughout our time together, personalised to you.
What's the difference between a planner and an event/venue coordinator?
Venue coordinators and planners can work incredibly well together. A venue coordinator's role is to look after anything relating to the venue and the venue provisions for your wedding day. This could include overseeing the catering aspects of your day in the afternoon but tending to future wedding appointments in the morning. A planner works solely for you for your wedding to be the eyes and ears both on the day and throughout the planning process.
I don’t live in the UK but I want to still have input on my UK wedding day, would this work?
Of course! I would work exactly the same as if you were living in the UK, however, the majority of our communications would be via video chat – I can work around time differences and keep in regular contact to ensure you are still able to have an active input for your wedding day, without the legwork!
I'm planning my own wedding, do I still need a wedding planner?
Many of my couples enjoy DIY crafting and making personalised décor or organising the whole day themselves. Whilst you may not need the support of a planner from the off, having a planner work with you in the final few weeks may be exactly what you require to really enjoy all of your hard work. Weddings are often large scale productions and if you have been meticulously planning for months you are likely to have a detailed vision for your day. If you are celebrating within a marquee, barn or village hall for example there isn’t generally a dedicated person available to reflect this detailed vision to your suppliers, which is where having a dedicated planner is essential.
Do you only work with specific suppliers and venues?
No, I am open to working with a range of suppliers unless there is a very good reason not to! I opt not to take a commission from suppliers and venues for a number of reasons. This is something I have been set on from day one and ensures the transparency between my clients and I. Primarily, this allows me to work in a way which is 100% committed to sourcing venues and suppliers, because they meet the need of our clients the best, not because we are gaining something from the supplier. The Wedding Help is built on trust and authenticity, with relationships with suppliers being one of the key, integral factors to it. This means I will work with a wide range of suppliers, dependent on your needs. I am transparent with my fees from the beginning and each client is provided of the schedules of works and expectations from the start.
Will you be at my wedding?
As much as humanly possible! In the very rare instance, I am not available due to illness, for example, I have a trusted network of fellow planners we can rely upon for extra support. I have always believed in the 'community over competition' approach and fellow 'competitors in the industry actually make up some of my friends now!
How does it work, working together?
Your wedding will be like no other, unique and perfectly personalised. There isn’t a one size fits all approach here but what I do have is a tried and tested recipe to ensure your wedding is seamless.
Following your initial enquiry, I begin with a complimentary consultation. Ideally, this would take place in person at a venue of your choice so we can really get to know each other over some coffee and cake! I understand this may not always be possible so, I am equally as happy to chat over a video call or on the phone. During the consultation, my aim is to really understand your wedding day visions and get to know you as a couple and what is important to you both.
From here, I am able to pop together a personalised plan for the upcoming months to achieve those visions and advise you on the most appropriate service for your needs. Dependent upon the service level chosen, research, design, coordination and execution will be elements that are included within the planning. Working with me, allows you to enjoy the wedding planning journey in the knowledge that you are in safe hands.
If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me to chat more!
WEDDING PLANNING BLOCKS
My wedding planning blocks are fabulous if you are planning alone and have come a little unstuck at certain points within your planning and need an expert to troubleshoot those conundrums with you. This service is a brilliant way to kick start your wedding plans or regain focus and clarity further along within your wedding planning. These sessions can be implemented at any stage in the lead up to your wedding day and will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to continue.
If you're looking for a quick reboot to your plans, you can buy a power hour of planning time here.
Please note, this purchase is non-refundable; once purchased I will email you to arrange a suitable time to conduct this meeting. Unless otherwise specified, all power hours will take place over zoom.
For longer planning sessions and support, please contact me directly to arrange.
"Thank you for all your help as well, you are an absolute lifesaver. I will hopefully be coming home for a bit when this craziness is over so I'll buy you a drink or 9 to say thank you!"
Alix & Monique - Postponed Wedding Due to Covid 19