I have had the pleasure of working with a great many wedding planners over the years and have seen first hand the enormous difference they can make to the smooth running of a wedding day. However, I have found that many couples don’t even consider hiring a planner, so I asked the fabulous Jennifer Phipps from Jenny Wren Weddings and Events based in Cornwall to write a guest post about her role and I’m thrilled that she agreed.
I know most people believe that a wedding planner basically plans the whole wedding ….and they can…but more often or not couples are opting for a more modern approach as Jenny explains.
Jennifer Phipps from Jenny Wren Weddings and Events
Looking ravishing, relaxed and relishing every single moment should be how any couple should feel on their big day. Not dashing off mid conversation with their guests, red faced and flustered to sort out yet another problem, or constantly checking their watch to ensure all is running to schedule. Unfortunately, this is the role many couples end up playing on their big day that do not hire a coordinator; that of the ‘host’ dealing with mini crisis after mini crisis.
The fact is no matter how many months, even years are put into the planning of a wedding and how perfect it looks on paper, it is all about the control on the day, something which in my view, the couple should not be responsible for.
Many couples approach me for this service after they have planned the whole wedding themselves and need the back up on the day knowing all that they had hoped, wished and spent hours planning for themselves, will run like clockwork.
After a full handover of plans contact is made with each and every supplier involved, managing them from that point forward and creating a very detailed schedule of the day. Suppliers know the wedding planner will be their point of contact from then onwards and will not bother the couple with any last minute issues or questions.
On the wedding day itself your planner will be there early in the morning to oversee the set-up of the venue, coordinate all the suppliers involved and provide that extra level of detail required to ensure the rooms look perfect. Leaving you and your wedding party with no on the day jobs to deal with, instead you will have time to relax, enjoy bubbles with your bridesmaids and enjoy getting ready.
Management of proceedings throughout the day will ensure you are not constantly checking your watch or worrying that the speeches are over running which will upset the caterers for example. Your coordinator will ensure all of your guests are comfortable and deal with any problems that may occur behind the scenes, so you don’t even know about them!
The wedding emergency kit, which comes with me to every wedding and contains over fifty items is at your and your guests disposal throughout the day, with everything from a sewing kit to rescue remedy, your coordinator will be well equipped to deal with pretty much anything!
In my view an on the day coordinator should be at the top of your wedding planning list, it really is an invaluable service that you owe to yourselves after doing all of that work to create your day plans. Leaving you both to simply turn up on your wedding day and excel in being fabulous!
I just want to thank Jenny for shedding some light on her role as a wedding planner and I really hope you enjoyed her views on this invaluable service!