Island Fever Wedding Tips | 10 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner.
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If you're recently engaged ... Congratulations! We would like to wish you the very best on the news of your engagement as you enter one of the most exciting and happy times of your lives. Undoubtedly, you are both looking forward to the wedding of your dreams, but before the confetti begins to cascade and the celebrations commence, you may be wondering:
  • Where do I start?
  • Do I have time to plan my way through this logistical maze?
  • How can I prevent our budget spiralling out of control? 
  • Which suppliers should I contact to achieve my vision?

These are just a few of a myriad of questions which may be skipping through your mind currently and it can all seem rather daunting! Hiring a wedding planner is the solution to help you navigate all your questions – taking away all the unknowns, alleviating those stresses and enabling you to concentrate on enjoying the run up to the big day. Planning a wedding is by no means a fast, stress-free process – doing it alone means you have to work awfully hard for that magnificent first dance! Like many things in life, it’s often easier, quicker and cheaper to hire a professional. Here’s our ten reasons why you should consider hiring a wedding planner:

  1. You don’t want wedding planning taking over your life. 

Let’s face it – life can be pretty hectic can’t it? Whether it be your job, family, running a home or social commitments, there is a good chance you will need a break at some point. On average couples who are not working with a planner will spend between 200 to 300 hours planning their wedding – that’s a rather chunky time commitment! 

Hiring a wedding planner can allow you to hand over time-consuming responsibilities to a professional. It may be sourcing recommended islandwide suppliers, scheduling appointments, working through timelines, managing invitations/RSVPs or meticulously seeing to all the wedmin, a planner will save you loads of time. Indeed, time is the one commodity that you can never get enough of, which is why using a planner’s time helps make the most and best of yours.

2. You’ll get help with budgeting and scheduling.

In one way or another, the budget will affect every decision of the wedding. Very early in the planning stages, the wedding planner will initiate a detailed discussion with the client as to their budget for the wedding – aligning their top priorities and how they can structure your key wishes within your budget. For example, the venue, food and decor may be the top three priorities in creating your ideal experience. 

Whilst these expectations and the budget may eventually evolve over time, planners are nimble at sticking to within your budget and if necessary, adjusting accordingly. Any wedding can quickly get out of hand from a budget-perspective if not handled properly and it is imperative to not only navigate prices but also keep on top of invoice payments, and costs, to ensure there are no unexpected surprises in the run up to your big day.

3. To enlist help in recommending the most suitable suppliers. 

Wedding suppliers form the backbone of your event, and sourcing the right suppliers for your wedding can be a real challenge. Where to look? Who will best suit my plans? How much should things cost? You want to ensure the team of professionals you are depending on will ensure your celebration goes exactly the way you envisage. 

Think of your wedding planner as your very own wedding supplier navigation system, as we map our way through multiple options to suit your own bespoke plans and budget. We not only know a range of trusted suppliers to recommend to you, but also become the middle man in asking all the important meeting questions, handling the important admin and to-do’s so you don’t have to! 

Wedding planners are on the frontline with you – they will listen to what you like, add a few ideas and then bring back the best options to help you decide on. Jersey is host to a wealth of highly professional and skilled personnel who are just as passionate as delivering the celebration of your dreams, as you are.

4. Wedding planners have the power to save you money. 

A wedding planner will often save you money, through supplier negotiations and by providing advice on where your funds are best allocated. 

By helping you determine your big ticket items up front, we can recommend money saving alternatives within other areas and in turn, reduce wasted expenses. Also, through experience we understand what may be seen as unnecessary extras at your wedding and will help you sift through the endless details, in matching you up with the best options within your price range. Money saving hacks can also be achieved too!

5. Details – It’s always the small pieces that create the big picture. 

Being a wedding planner means you have to be the master of meticulousness! No stone is left unturned in ensuring your wedding day runs as smoothly and stress-free as possible. From ensuring there are no typos in the wedding stationary, to having a schedule that covers every detail and timing of you day – organisation is our forte – it’s part of our nature!

6. You can rely on someone who already has industry knowledge.

Having someone who understands the wedding industry is very useful in helping couples cope with problematic situations and any potential questions in the run up to the wedding day. Whether it be how far in advance to send out your save-the-dates, questions over wedding etiquette or late complications over the seating plan we make sure no unexpected detail has the power to derail your wedding day plans. 

Without a wedding planner, organising a wedding comes with a lot of unknown territory for the bride and groom. Juggling an assortment of details and an array of to-do lists may come across as alien to many and therefore having someone on-hand with industry knowledge makes the decisions and dynamics of the wedding planning process far easier.

7. You’ll be exposed to more ideas and inspiration.

Many couples will spend hours upon hours researching wedding styles and designs in magazines and social media in search of fresh inspiration. Wedding planners can not only take your Pinterest inspiration to another dimension, through brainstorming further original and unique ideas, but also know which stylists to turn to when creating your dream vision. 

Wedding trends are constantly evolving and whilst planners spend countless hours every week going through new content which may prove beneficial for our clients, we also believe that style is truly timeless. We’ll voice honest opinion, and let you know when your vision is running off track so that you end up with a style cohesive, elegant end product. In the words of Audrey Hepburn, “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades”, and a wedding planner will ensure this is what is achieved. 

8. They cradle the burden of stress.

Having been voted the 7th most stressful life event, there’s little doubt that planning a wedding can be very stressful. Yes, the planning process is full of fun, creativity and laughter, but plans can easily be derailed by multiple scenarios – whether it be time restraints, a lack of coordination or inevitable emotions that encompass such a milestone event. 

By hiring a wedding planner you have someone who is wholly focussed on the success of your special day. We not only act as a professional consultant who acts as a liaison between you and the dozens of suppliers contracted to the wedding team, but we alleviate all the organisational stress. The benefit of a peace of mind allows couples to enjoy their engagement, rather than become entangled within some of the stresses associated with crafting their celebration.

9. You’ll receive tons of big-day assistance.

You’ve been dreaming of this moment for the majority of your life, so the last thing you should be focussed on is sweating over the logistics come the morning of your wedding day. A wedding planner will: 

  • Be in command of the venue. 
  • Be on hand to schedule & oversee rentals/decor. 
  • Be able to coordinate you, your friends & family. 
  • Have created a realistic and cohesive timeline.
  • Handle the table design and the small details.
  • Handle unexpected situations or make decisions.
  • Interact with suppliers ensuring a smoothly run event.  
  • Organise seating arrangements and the floor plan. 
  • Ensure it runs like clockwork … And much more! 

A wedding planner will be constantly checking in on the couple, whilst also ensuring everything is in place for the celebrations to commence. We can be on our feet for anything between 10-15 hours, but the memorable occasions we are able to create for our clients makes it all worthwhile.

10. We help transform your vision into a reality! 

A wedding planner wants to take your dreams and transform them into the magical day you have always envisioned. Whether providing opinions on colour schemes, narrowing down choices, advice on practical issues or creating the small details integral to you as a couple, we are here to understand you both and ensure your vision is seamlessly communicated to all suppliers. The most memorable weddings reflect the couple’s personalities from start to finish and it is our job to make it happen! 

A wedding planner wants to take your dreams and transform them into the magical day you have always envisioned. Whether providing opinions on colour schemes, narrowing down choices, advice on practical issues or creating the small details integral to you as a couple, we are here to understand you both and ensure your vision is seamlessly communicated to all suppliers. The most memorable weddings reflect the couple’s personalities from start to finish and it is our job to make it happen! 

 

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