“What do you mean,” I can hear you saying. “That’s another cost item on my wedding budget that could be avoided”. It’s a misconception that I come across frequently – that Wedding Planners cost the earth, In my experience, a good wedding planner is probably the ONE budget item that should be mandatory if you wish for a wedding that sticks to plan - all the details at less the cost. That has to be worthwhile!
Let me explain what I am talking about:
You’ve just got engaged, you're flying high on Happiness Hormones, and then the planning starts.
Budget vs Wish List
The first big reality check will usually come when you realise that your wish list exceeds your fiancee's annual salary!! If you have not planned a wedding previously – and not many engaged couples have – there are some big mistakes made as emotions drive your decisions!
Most Australian couples expect to spend up to $30,000 on their wedding. Unfortunately most weddings end up costing a whopping average $65,500 - that's almost a 200% budget blowout. Gone is the honeymoon fund, the deposit for your home, or that overseas holiday. Why and how does this happen?? No clear wedding project plan - as boring as that sounds, it's probably the one thing that will save the day. Second - you have no idea how much suppliers should charge you and what to do when they overcharge.
So how is a Wedding Planner going to save you money?
They KNOW the industry, they know the good suppliers, they should recommend how to work your wedding within your budget, and they should keep a tight reign on spending.
We've had couples come to us after they had started booking suppliers, only to find out that we could have saved them a whopping 25% on most items including venue. A recent couple could have saved almost $15,000 off their venue and catering bill if we had been onboard earlier.
No Kickbacks from other suppliers
You should also be looking for a wedding planner who takes NO kickbacks from suppliers. Someone who only works on your behalf - your agent. By entering into a fixed fee contract with your planner you are assured that their services are secured on your behalf.
The final comment regarding budget and wedding planners – back up options if things go wrong are usually expensive if booked at the last minute: If the cake doesn’t arrive, or its raining and you need a marquee for your outdoor ceremony – it’s always possible to have a plan B turn up – but it will cost a fortune. A good planner will usually have a few of these up their sleeve to save the day and the budget.
Not the fun police!
Your wedding planner will only do what you want them to do - they are not there to take the fun out of planning your day. Bringing on board a professional planner to help and take some of the workload off your hands definitely makes sense and really frees you up to focus on all the other fun, creative and lovely things needed to be done: The Dress, your styling, your bridal party, Hen’s and Buck’s nights – in short – the creative fun stuff.
Consider contacting a few wedding planners to see if they Get your vision. It will cost you nothing, but could save you thousands. It's an investment that should give you peace of mind, a happy planning process and an outstanding wedding day.