FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I know if I could use a wedding planner?
If you're looking for a pink wearing, fluffy feeling and heels wearing JLo look alike I'm afraid to say you are in the wrong place. I am a practical solution 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 day.
When you consider how long it could take to get it right, planning can soon unravel into a very 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 am transparent with my fees from the off, and you'll be able to see pricing guides for each service on my weddings page. It's incredibly important to me, that you are in control of your spending and are spending your budget as wisely as possible!
Will you travel?
Of course! The majority of my weddings happen in Yorkshire, Derbyshire & The Lakes, but I'm more than happy to get my google maps out and work 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.
I'll source the best creatives to match the design I create to pull together beautiful weddings. I will then also coordinate, the design elements during the set-up of your wedding day.
Will you take over my wedding day?
Absolutely not, I'm here to guide, advise and support. I will give my honest thoughts and opinions based on my experience but unless something is an absolute no go for safety or otherwise, you are free to choose what you would like.
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 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 live abroad, can you plan my wedding?
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. UK as a destination weddings is one of my most popular services!
I'd like a weekend celebration, can you plan that?
Absolutely, the majority of my clients choose to celebrate over a weekend o get the most out of their wedding. From brunch to archery, I can organise a very special wedding weekend for you.
I'm planning my own wedding, do I still need a wedding planner?
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 my clients the best, not because I am 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 with 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. You are my priority, and I pride myself on working in a personal yet professional manner.
I'm a supplier and I'd like to work with you, how do I reach you?
I love getting to know new suppliers, before contacting me please take a little minute to familiarise yourself with how I work, and my 'no commission' approach. Then, email is the best way to reach me.
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