Wedding Planners are prevalent in the Australian Wedding Industry but it’s definitely a trend that’s coming up.
There are a lot of different opinions, blogs and ideas about what Wedding Planners do and I’ll de-myth some of those ideas in this blog but I want to foremost promise that I am being completely honest with my answers. I do really think Wedding Planners (or at least Wedding Coordinators) are vital to have a stress-free wedding and I really go into detail about my own experience in the blog “Maid Of Honour”.
and with that, let’s get myth-busting…
MYTH – Wedding Planners take over the whole wedding!
Wedding Planners work for YOU. This means we pretty much do whatever you want us to do; be it the whole wedding or just bits of the wedding. I like to say to my brides that I do all the boring bits; the research, the constant meet up with vendors to make sure things are on the right track, payment management and creating the timeline whereas they can focus on the fun bits; dress shopping, colour design and floral decorations to name a few.
MYTH – Venue Coordinators are the same as Wedding Planners
It’s actually not true. Wedding Planners know you quite well (to do a good job) because we’ve spent time planning your wedding. Together, we’ve shared car rides to visit various vendors and we’ve stuffed invites into the wee hours of the morning. We know you so well that come crunch time, when anything goes wrong on the day we know exactly how you’d like it to be resolved. Unfortunately, the Venue Coordinator doesn’t have the same experience and understanding about your vision. Usually what will happen is the Venue Coordinator will ask your Maid of Honour and (in my opinion) that’s not something she should have to deal with. There’s also a lot more we do different but that’s for another blog post!
TRUTH – Wedding Planners work for YOU
If you were the King and Queen, we’d be your knights. We will fight for your wedding vision because we want to make sure that you get the wedding you’ve always wanted! And when I mean fight, I mean if you want an outdoor wedding and it looks like it’s raining, we’re out there drying chairs or figuring out ways to make the wedding go ahead, be it umbrellas or rushing out when the rain stops. I can’t speak for other Wedding Planners but I personally do not receive commission from the vendors I recommend because I want to make sure that you get the right vendor for your wedding. If that’s not working for you, then I’m not sure what is?
MYTH – Wedding Planners are just the annoying middle-man
This is definitely a common idea but ultimately a Wedding Planner makes it easier for you, the bride, to organise your wedding. Your wedding planner should know you so intimately that they can make decisions for you without needing to ask you. It also means that any time you have a question or idea about your wedding you’ll only need to send it to one person. For example, you won’t have to sit there figuring out if you should be contacting the DJ or Celebrant about the ceremony sound speakers. It also means more time for you to do the things you love because your Wedding Planner is the one doing all the research for you. If you need specific avenger shoelaces for each bridesmaid; we’re there on our phones, on the internet and on facebook making those enquiries so you don’t have to.
TRUTH – Wedding Planners keep things Stress-Free
There’s such a high expectation to have an absolutely perfect Wedding Day and little mistakes or unforseen problems are unacceptable. But just like in every profession; mistakes are bound to happen. We’re all human and we aren’t perfect and sometimes that’s very hard for Brides to understand. That’s why hiring a Wedding Planner is so helpful because it’s our job to make sure everything runs smoothly! (and without you even knowing about it :p ). We’re there to put out all sorts of fires from caterers not having enough truffles to extra guests turning up who haven’t RSVPed. And if you’ve hired a great Wedding Planner, then they would’ve recommended some great vendors who can acknowledge mistakes and work together to solve it.
MYTH – Wedding Planners are Overpriced
Surprisingly – we don’t earn that much. I personally only take one wedding a month compared to say a photographer who can take on 3 weddings one weekend. Then with our price let’s take away costs for tax, super, employees, office rent and general upkeep, advertising and marketing, websites, expos, accountants ect.. (there’s a lot of costs to running a business) we don’t end up with much. Wedding Planners are wedding planners because we love planning weddings! We do it because we love it, not because we are earning “millions”. If you want to go into more detail, I’ve actually written a whole blog about it why we charge what we do here.
I’d love to hear your thoughts below, whether you disagree or agree with me or if you have any questions feel free to contact us and i’ll get back to you as soon as I can.