Diary of a Wedding Planner: Part 1
12 Apr 2016
In a new blog series, wedding planner Marie Haverly, of Isabella Weddings Planning & Consultancy, offers insight into her beautiful yet busy world. Part one sees her tackling the ultimate question "Why hire a wedding planner?"
I am always nervous when I meet a new client, after all these years I still worry that they won’t like me or decide that hiring a wedding planner is just not for them. After all I have faced the question many times in the past “Why should I hire a someone to plan my wedding when surely I can just do it myself?” although the answer to me is simple; I can fully understand why many people might think that way.
A tight wedding budget is a very real thing and spending out precious cash on an unnecessary luxury doesn’t feature high on many priority lists when it comes to planning a wedding.
So today is no different, I pull up in front of the house and gather my thoughts, I am so passionate about what I do and how I can help couples that I always feel apprehensive when I first meet them. I want them to love me of course but most of all I want them to see the value I can bring to their plans; to understand that I want to help them whether they book me or not.
You see, as a professional wedding planner we have many tricks up our sleeves and really do know how to make the best of your plans, we have experience and our contact books enviable but this isn’t what I think about as I sit down in front of 9 family members ready for my interrogation at this new client's house – all I can think of at this stage is running away.
Yes, nine people are sat at the dining table all staring at me waiting for me to convince them of why the bride, who sits at the end of the table looking a little uncomfortable, should share her budget with me and let me loose on her wedding plans. I am offered tea and I take my seat, everyone is polite and gracious but I still feel a bit sick, I shouldn’t do as I really do love my job and know I can help these guys but I feel a little bit like I’m in front of a jury and having to fight my case.
We begin chatting and then the groom sends over that familiar question – “So why do people book wedding planners?” I take a deep breath and answer, in the best way I know how, with honesty. I do understand that many people can indeed plan their own weddings however some do not want to or are unable to, what I can offer is this – a easier journey, a less bumpy route that results in money and time saved through experience and knowledge. Everyone smiles back at me and it seems the hurdle has been cleared, phew!