Here I talk about my 5 top reasons to book me as your wedding planner:
1. Professional advice, help, top tips for practical solutions and creative designs that bring your visions to life.
2. Experience - being pro-active and re-active to all situations throughout the planning journey and on your day! Having a large network around me.
3. Recommended suppliers - who I know and trust. Absolutely imperative that your wedding day suppliers are team players, deliver what they promise and meet your brief.
4. Budget - making sure you keep on budget, I offer all sorts of ways to have the wedding you desire on budget.
5. Time - Wedding Planning is my FULL time job.....do you really want to take on the work of another full time job. Wouldn't you rather enjoy the process?
Watch the short film for more details and get in touch if you have any questions;
Having spoken to lots of engaged couples this week, I have been advising them to keep going with their planning. Don't lose the momentum of making decisions, booking suppliers and adding pins to your Pinterest board ! Depending on how much you have done so far, I would advise giving yourselves one task a week to tick off the checklist ( more if you can)
If you have just started your wedding planning journey, firstly congratulations, enjoy this time, really think about where you would like your wedding to take place, wether you'd like a Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter wedding and then book your WEDDING INSURANCE!! There are still companies I am working with that are taking new policies, so make sure you get this sorted ASAP ( happy to advise on this )
As we are all hearing, many thousands of weddings and events are being postponed to 2021, so this means we are essentially having a double year of events, something I am both excited by as I love a challenge and to be busy but also fearful of as it may mean some of my 2020 postponed couples and 2021 couples may not get the suppliers they want, as they will be in such great demand. This is where I urge you to get booking!!
There are millions of wedding suppliers out there in all categories, but the SUPPLIERS for you need to be:
4.Available on your date
5.Fit your brief
Each day I am contacting many of my close suppliers just to keep in touch, check how they are, and find out how they are dealing with the postponements and new enquiries.....each and everyone of them wishes they had more than 365 days in 2021 !! They are simply going to have to say NO SORRY to some couples, which is devastating for them. However the suppliers I work with will never stretch themselves to the point of not coping. They will not promise you something now and then not be able to deliver because they took on too much work just to survive the collapse of 2020. BE CAREFUL of those who don't do this.....I have seen it and heard about it within the industry.....which is why booking TRUSTED SUPPLIERS is essential. Being a professional wedding planner I ALWAYS recommend trusted suppliers whom I have worked with before or know of within the industry and have only heard great things about. Searching the web is one thing but a personal recommendation from your wedding planner is far better!!!
How am I going to keep all my booked suppliers when postponing?
This is a difficult one! My advice would be to start with the suppliers you know you just cannot have your wedding without - difficult task I know...YOU WANT THEM ALL, that's obviously why you booked them. Who did you book first, was it your caterer, florist, the band.....there may have been a reason you booked them first over all the others?
Think about those suppliers that can ONLY do one wedding in a day, such as the photographer, DJ, Celebrant etc....perhaps contact them first to check they can do your new postponed date. Suppliers such as caterers, florists, marquee companies can usually do more than one event in a day BUT don't reply on them having the availability, like I said there are thousands more couples now all wanting YOUR new wedding date!
Also I'd advise you to get new contracts with your existing suppliers that can do your new wedding date, just so you have it in writing that they are confirmed for that date and any new payment terms are agreed upon. Talking of payment terms, if you are able, do consider paying the balance of your invoice to your newly re-confirmed suppliers on the ORIGINAL balance due date or perhaps 50% of this payment. We, as an event industry understand that most will be struggling financially, so discuss the payments with us. If you are able to pay your suppliers this will keep their cash flow going and hopefully keep them in business....otherwise it may come to your wedding date next year and unfortunately your carefully chosen suppliers have no business!!
Keep Calm.......Keep Happy.......Keep Planning !!
Here's a few photos of some of my great suppliers I work with, see if you can spot any of them you might have booked!
( website links in each photo)
Following my latest Instagram TV clips I thought I'd write up my top pandemic planning tips here on my blog over the next few days.....
There maybe so many questions and worries you have for your wedding or event at the moment....will it cost me more money to move my wedding date, what happens if all my currently booked suppliers can't do the postponed date, will this pandemic all be over by Autumn 2020, can I still get wedding insurance?
My first piece of advice is to NOT PANIC, although this sounds odd but try to take comfort in the fact we are in this together, EVERYONE is going through the same thing, I agree in differing levels, depending on your own situations but we are all feeling and experiencing CHANGE.
The one thing you need to do is find a positive, something to focus on, something that brings you relief and a smile back to your face about your wedding or event. I suggest this positive is your new event date. you can't move forward until you set that date and start contacting all your suppliers involved.
I get that this action ( contacting your suppliers) will then bring on stress as you may find out some suppliers can't do your new date and maybe your venue is charging more for that date. As a planner I have now moved over 20 weddings to 2021, without stress or pain to my couples....They selected the date and I contacted all the suppliers to check their availability. If a supplier couldn't do this date, I didn't go back to my couples to tell them this UNTIL I had called round a few other suppliers ( in the same category) to check their availability so I could offer a SOLUTION to my couples potential worry.
Once you have your new date and suppliers on board, think about creating a NEW postponed wedding date PDF / Paperless post invite as this will be easy to send to your guests via email and fairly low cost or just send a great email with photos of you both, perhaps with a SAVE THE NEW DATE poster you have made whilst in isolation....just a bit of fun for your guests. Remember your guests will feel happy and relieved about hearing the new wedding / event date IF you both look / feel / show you are happy about it. I've seen the atmosphere at weddings change dramatically when the BRIDE & GROOM embrace a situation with positivity and fun.....for example when it rained at one of my couples July weddings last year, they both put on their wellies, grabbed an umbrella and started dancing in the rain.....the guests who were, up until that time, looking sad and upset for the couple that it was raining on their wedding day, started to join in with the dancing, which changed the whole feel and atmosphere of the wedding...it was incredible to see ad be a part of !!!
So first step......BE POSITIVE.....TAKE ACTION.......MOVE FORWARD.
Photo Credits: Dominic Wright Photography / Joe Dodsworth /
I have often wondered where to start with my wedding blog, so today seems as good a day as any...It's pre wedding season, well for some it is, I have already delivered one amazing wedding ( see my instagram and Facebook pages for the photos) and now it's all about planning, meetings, logistics, food tastings, networking, marketing, next years weddings....it really is never ending. I am going to try and make my Blog posts all about the life of being a wedding planner, the ups, the downs and all the in-betweens!