Guide To: Finding the Perfect Planner

Chocolate or fruit cake? Band or DJ? Stress less with a pro planner to help you make all the hard decisions. Here, our guide to choosing one that works for you.

  • Story by Photo Carolyn Haslett

Chocolate or fruit cake? Band or DJ? Stress less with a pro planner to help you make all the hard decisions. Here, our guide to choosing one that works for you.

The stylist
What they do:
Coordinate the aesthetic elements of your wedding – from conceptualising a vision to sourcing props, commissioning florists and orchestrating set-up at your venue on the day. 
When you need one: 
If creating a beautiful wedding dressed with the décor of your dreams and visual appeal to match is a non-negotiable, then hiring a stylist will likely ensure you’re happy with the result on the day. If you’ve got a specific theme in mind but you’re unsure how to go about it, a stylist is a great person to get on board to achieve your vision. Similarly, if you have lots of ideas and are struggling to narrow them down, or if your brain is blessed with logical, organisational skills but lacks artistic and creative mojo – a stylist will be a blessing. 
Stylists are experts at seeing an empty space and visualising a picture of how it might look styled. They know what works and what doesn’t and if something is necessary or something is not. An experience stylist will also have access to a wide range of contacts, resources and knowledge – all of which can save you precious time, energy and unnecessary spend. 

The wedding planner
What they do: 
Think of a wedding planner as your ‘project manager’ – they will schedule and attend vendor meetings, help to determine and manage your budget, create detailed timelines and oversee proceedings on the wedding day itself to make sure everything is seamless. 
When you need one:
If free time doesn’t enter your vocabulary, if you lack organisational prowess, struggle to set budgets or have a short time frame for planning, then a wedding planner will be like your fairy godmother. Best of all – there’s no need to assume it might be out of your price range either. Most wedding planners should be able to give you an idea about a package that will suit your budget – even if it just means sitting down with you at the beginning of the process, figuring out your budget and advising you of the best way forward, or solely coordinating proceedings on the day itself. 
Similar to a stylist, a planner can help prevent wasted money, or even secure discounts through their industry contacts. 

The on-the-day planner
What they do:
Provide essential support and guidance on your wedding day – from helping with wedding etiquette and hosting your special day, to giving support during your preparation as well as behind the scenes (including organisation and tidying up on the day after), along with advice and planning on how to avoid stress. 
When you need one:
If you are comfortable overseeing all the organisation and details in the lead-up to your wedding, but feel that you’d really benefit from some professional support on the day itself, an on-the-day planner is an ideal option. Most planners will offer an hourly rate to suit your budget and tailor their services to your needs. 


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