It may be that you are considering using the services of a wedding planner but are a little hazy on what exactly that entails.
If that's the case, some of the following FAQs may prove to be useful.
What can a wedding planner do for me?
Well, just about anything you wish – apart sometimes from physically standing in for the bride or groom on the big day or conducting the service yourself!
Some couples wish to leave nothing to chance for their wedding and there before pass over responsibility for making all the arrangements to their wedding planner. That may include designing the overall 'look and feel' of the day and even looking at events.
Others prefer to ask the wedding planner to look after only one or two designated specific areas and sometimes the floral arrangements or music might be two such examples.
Of course, your wedding planner will not simply walk off and tell you nothing about what's going on or make surprise announcements about what your flowers are going to be etc. At each stage in the process they will keep you informed and ask you to make key decisions relating to aspects of your big day. It's just that they will take care of all of the leg work and administration for you as well as generating ideas and approach possibilities.
Can anyone set themselves up as a wedding planner?
Yes, but it is important to make sure you use someone who has been appropriately trained and trained in the required disciplines.
For your own protection, you should make sure that they are formally and legally registered and have an ABN or the equivalent.
Will a wedding planner be able to save me money?
That's a difficult question to answer because it encompasss both direct costs, as in the cost of your flowers or limousines plus indirect costs, such as how much your time costs you when you are dealing with an awful lot of relatively trivial organizing and administration.
In terms of the second category, there is no real doubt that it can be hugely more cost-effective to use a wedding planner than to try and do things yourself.
In the case of the former, it is less easy to quantify but some wedding planners may well have contacts and special arrangements with various suppliers and that may result in you getting better prices from them than you might be able to realize if you went directly yourself .
Who is in control of the wedding arrangements if I use a planner?
Once again, there are two aspects to this question.
You will be asking your wedding planner to use their creative design and event organization skills to put together a perfect day for you or perfect individual components of your day.
One of the things you will be paying them to do is to make sure that they deal with the minutiae of the arrangements thereby allowing you to concentrate on what is important – preparing for your big day itself.
However, that does not mean you are abdicating control over events. Your wedding planner will be making recommendations and offering their advice but they will not be making decisions for you or spring surprises.
They will explain the relevant roles and responsibilities carefully during your initial meeting.