Here at BWR-London, we think your wedding should be tailored to you. That’s why we specialise in bespoke wedding rings, made with you in mind. But, what’s the best way to create an all-round magical day? In this article, we explore how much wedding planners cost and whether their services are right for you.
What do wedding planners do?
Wedding planners have insider knowledge of the wedding industry. When you hire a wedding planner, you’re paying for this expertise as well as overall organisation and design.
1. Know the suppliers
Experienced wedding planners usually have a network of suppliers who they trust and they can often get discounted rates. This also means you spend less time researching reputable companies and more time choosing designs you love.
Planners know the normal prices for venues, flowers, catering…you name it. So, when it comes to negotiations, they’re in the best place to get great rates. Handing over negotiations to someone else takes away the stress of micromanaging your budget.
2. Plan ahead for peace of mind
When it comes to your big day, you want everything to be perfect. But, whether your event is large or small, wedding planning involves keeping a keen eye on all the little details. Wedding planners are there to make sure everything runs smoothly. So, you don’t need to wake up in the middle of the night stressing about which colour napkins have arrived. Instead, you can focus on enjoying and remembering your incredible day.
3. Specialise in creativity and design
You might have a clear vision of what you want. Or, you might have no idea what your ideal wedding looks like. Either way, wedding planners usually offer design services to help you work out how to create your dream day in a practical sense. Because wedding planning is a bespoke service, you should be able to have as much influence as you want over how your day looks. The amount of input they have can affect how much wedding planners cost to hire.
4. Support the couple
Weddings can seem overwhelming. How can you possibly organise food, entertainment, wedding favours, venues, transport, hotel decorations, flowers, outfits, and everything else for that many people? Wedding planners have seen it all before and know how to make things work. They can differentiate between little niggles and major crises, finding the best solutions for you. They’re calm under pressure, so you don’t have to be!
How much do wedding planners cost in the UK?
You don’t usually pay an hourly rate for a wedding planner. This is because you’re paying for their expertise and knowledge as well as their organisation and design skills. For full wedding planning services, you can expect to pay 10 -15% of your budget or final spend (depending on your agreement).
Some wedding planners also offer smaller packages, which are ideal for couples who don’t need a full planning service. You can find planners who cater to international weddings and elopements too, although this might change how much wedding planners cost to hire.
To give a better idea of what to expect, the three services levels below are taken directly from the Prospectus UK website page for budding wedding planners:
Full wedding planning – organise every last detail of the wedding.
Partial wedding planning – be responsible for some aspects of the wedding while leaving others to the clients.
On-the-day management – provide support on the wedding day itself.
Choosing a wedding planner
We’ve recently started working with Poppy from Your Best Day Ever, a wedding planner working across Essex, London, and East Anglia. She offers modern, carefully designed, and above all fun wedding planning services. For more information, check out her website or Instagram.
Most wedding planners have portfolios or galleries online where you can view their previous work. It’s important to remember that wedding planning services are tailor made by design, so what you see might not exactly match what you’re looking for, but it’s a great place to start for inspiration. Whoever you decide to go with, you need to make sure they are the right person with the right personality for you so it’s a good idea to have a chat with your wedding planner before agreeing to work together.
At BWR-London, we believe your wedding should be tailored to you, which is why we work closely with our clients to create the perfect wedding rings. We specialise in crafting bespoke wedding rings that you’ll love forever. We can make almost any ring so have a look at our portfolio for inspiration and get in touch for more information.