Featured Wedding Blog: Daisychain Events

This weeks featured wedding blog comes from the wonderful Daisychain Events who provide a wide range of event  services in Durham and the North East, including bespoke wedding planning.

Daisychain events also run a really interesting blog dealing with the ins and outs of wedding planning.  The article below provides some great information about the advantages of hiring a wedding planner.

Do I need a wedding planner?

If you lived in the US this is not even a question that you would ask……In fact you are in the minority if you decide to go it alone and plan your own wedding. Some may even go so far as to say you are mad!

As a new wedding planning company we are finding that our biggest challenge is educating potential clients about how invaluable our service can be to them.

It would be easy to underestimate the wedding planning process and the costs involved. Current estimates state that the average wedding takes around 274 hours to plan. Add to this a full time job, home, social life and family commitments and that adds up to a lot of busy lunch hours and weekends and ultimately, stress!

The average cost of a wedding is also estimated at £17,000. That is a huge chunk of money and, short of putting a deposit down on a house, is likely to be one of the biggest purchases most people will make in their lifetime! Why leave things to chance then?

You may be getting married in a venue which has a wedding coordinator and question why you would need to hire a planner. Well, there are a few things to bear in mind about venue coordinators….As a venue they will probably have ties to a few suppliers who they regularly work with. This can limit opportunities for accessing suppliers as well as getting discounts as venues will often have a price mark up on the services in order to make money for the venue. Venue coordinators will also not be involved in the whole of your wedding. They will only be involved with elements directly related to the venue. This can impact on the relationship you have with them i.e. there is no opportunity to build a rapport.

Using only a venue coordinator can also have implications if you have a small budget as they work for the venue not for you so will obviously try and get you to spend as much money as possible. It is also worth remembering that the coordinator may not even be there on your wedding day and the venue may just appoint a member of staff to oversee proceedings.

Hiring your own wedding planner can be done at any stage in your planning process. One of the benefits of having a planner involved from the very start is that they can help with devising your budget and timeline. This is really important as it is very easy for costs to spiral out of control the more into the wedding planning process you go. A planner can work with you whatever your budget and, importantly can advise you when to splurge and when to save.

As planners we are often in a good position to negotiate some excellent discounts on your behalf too. You may think that in the current economic climate, it is expected that you will haggle yourself with suppliers and there would be no reason why they would give a planner a discount and not you as an individual client. However, the opposite is often true. From the supplier’s point of view they see no benefit in giving a discount to an individual client, particularly for wedding supplies as this is likely to be a one off purchase with limited or no opportunity for repeat business. However when a planner approaches them, this is a completely different situation as the supplier will usually find that a quality, good value service will bring that planner back with new clients further down the line.


  1. Kerry says:

    Thanks for featuring us on the blog! I hope it helps people! x

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