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Questions and Answers

What is the difference between a Planner and a Stylist?

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They are not the same!

It is a common misconception that a wedding planner and a stylist are one and the same. They are two entirely different skill sets.

A planner is the logistical, operational & organised brain behind your day; the stylist is the creative force behind the look & feel.

A lot of stylists will market themselves as planners, and this may be true for the luxury end of the market, but for the majority.... they are either a planner OR a stylist.

We know just how confusing this can be!

Read more about it on my ‘Planner vs Stylist’ blog on my website.

Why should I hire a Wedding Planner?

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One of the main regrets I've heard from brides over the years…they regret not hiring a Wedding Planner. 

 

Many couples underestimate what it takes to design, plan, and coordinate a wedding – and why should they know?  For most of you it is the first time you will have done this.

 

A Wedding Planner works for you, and you only.  They are professionals who have done this countless times before.  They know what to look out for, they guide you, take away the stress of the planning, and keep everything on track.

 

Here are some of the reasons why you should consider a Planner for your wedding:

 

The Connections of a Planner

Since a Planner works with many professional in the wedding industry, they have a wide range of connections to other vendors that you will be in need of. Weddings are not cheap, and require a lot of trust from individuals you've more than likely never met. You can guarantee that a Planner will only provide a list of vendors that she, too, can trust and rely on. They know the vendors who offer the best deals, which could also help save you money. We all know that's a huge plus with any wedding budget.

 

Family and Friends Aren't Professional Planners

This is a big one. Your family and friends will certainly offer help. However genuine and sincere, they are not a professional Planner. On the day your bridesmaids will be busy fussing over you, your mum should be enjoying every moment and your aunt is a guest.  It should be the Planner who is keeping an eye on the speed of the canape service, makes sure the MC has their timings right and that your bags get to the hotel. 

 

A Planner Is An Expert

Having a Planner is an investment into your wedding.  They will help you coordinate a comprehensive timeline that includes the tiniest details that you may never have considered. They will guide you, and help troubleshoot any issues that WILL arise (believe me, issues always arise). Most of the time, brides aren't even aware of an issue that occurs during their wedding because they have a planner taking care of it!

 

Management Of The Vendors

A Wedding Planner will work directly with the vendors to save you hours on the phone and email.  Not only do Planers reduce your stress (and that of your friends and relatives), they ease the mind of vendors as well. Since they aren’t overwhelmed as people directly involved in the wedding are, they can stay level headed when dealing with the vendors. It makes things easier for everyone involved, and helps avoid any stressful confrontations.

 

They are Your Outlet

Wave all your worries goodbye – a Planner becomes your outlet in a variety of different ways. They can become the middle man to certain decisions that need to be made, and help navigate through problems. The two biggest struggles for brides are saying "No" to friends or family members, and dealing with vendors. Nobody wants to be the bad guy. This is where your Planner can step in and alleviate any situation in a professional manner. Your Planner inevitably becomes your mediator, therapist, and best friend throughout the planning process. Trust me, you'll want to channel some of that bridal energy somewhere. What better person that your planner?  They smooth the waters and return calm to your normally well-ordered life. They are there to take care of all those little details that drive you insane.

 

Save You Time

For all those career couples out there who barely have time to eat lunch let alone surf the internet all day looking for all things bridal, hiring a Planner will help you save time so you can think about more important things concerning your wedding. Instead of canvassing and choosing vendors on your own, Planners often have recommendations you can check out to limit your search. Plus, they can handle the small details while you are given more time to deal with more important things.  Think of a Planner as your Wedding PA

 

Save You Money

There aren’t many money saving tips that Planners don’t know about. They help you stick to your budget and, at times, even save more than you expect. Planners know how to make the most of your budget. Because Wedding Planners have come across just about anything that could be wanted in a wedding, they know what works and what doesn’t. They know which items should be given priority because of the impact they will have in the long run.

 

Orchestrate Your Entire Wedding 

From the vendors to the bridal party a Wedding Planner creates detailed itineraries that cope with every little thing.  Consider the Wedding Planner as the Director of your wedding, the Bride is the star, the Groom is the leading man, your guests are the extras and your vendors are the crew, the run sheet the script.  Lights, camera, action!

 

Enjoy The Moment

To me, this is the most important reason to hire a Wedding Planner. Yes, a Planner is vital to the planning process, helps reduce your stress, and eases your mind leading up to the big day.... but the most important attribute a Wedding Planner provides is the ability to make sure you are present in each and every moment on your wedding day. The last thing you want to do is look back and remember the billions of questions you had to answer, chasing vendors around, and setting up & breaking down of the event. Allow yourself to be a guest at your own party!  Allow yourself to Enjoy The Moment.

 

 

Simply put, an experienced Planner is one of the key investments you can make when bringing your wedding day to life, they provide you with piece of mind and bring together one of the most important (and expensive) days of your life. 


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