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Do we need a Wedding Planner?

Hiring a professional wedding planner is not a luxury in today's world, it is a necessity. The typical couple works hard and are always on the run. It helps to have an ally in your corner that has already done the research, can provide you with tips and ideas, give you advice, keep you organized, schedule meetings for you, plan and track your budget and ensure a seamless event. You should have time left over to enjoy your engagement and, most of all, each other.


Although it seems a simple question, the answer to “What Does a Wedding Planner Do?” changes with each and every client a wedding planner decides to work with.


Every Bride and Groom has one of those moments where they want to scream because something just isn't going to plan or the stress of planning the perfect day is just becoming too much.

  • Have you come up against a brick wall with finding the right venue?

  • Need help designing your table decorations?

  • Have you found that there is so much still to do but you’re running out of time? 

  • Do you need help resolving a conflict of ideas?

  • Are you worried that your best man is going to make a speech that will embarrass you? Need a proof reader?

  • Have you been let down by a supplier at the last minute?

  • Have you made all of your plans but are worried about the stress of the day and so need someone there to make sure that the plans you have made are executed perfectly?

  • These are just a few things that we can help with, but whatever your trouble is we’re here to save your day!  Just let us know what you need our help with and we will step in.

Whether an intimate affair or a wedding with 200 guests, professional wedding planners, Weddings by Rachel, can help you to create your perfect wedding day.

The task of planning a wedding you have always dreamed of can be a daunting and time consuming task, and while it is exciting and most brides look forward to the challenge, you will often find there are some things you struggle with.

We offer a range of wedding planning packages to save you time and stress. We always listen intently to your thoughts, ideas and dreams for your day and will assist as and when you need it. Whether you need help selecting a venue, wedding dress or invitations, or you need help planning your entire wedding day, we can help.

We work with a number of local and national suppliers and always aim to help you get the biggest discounts possible, helping you to save money at this expensive time. We will always source the best supplier for your particular needs and work on negotiating prices to obtain the best deal possible for you.

Weddings by Rachel will always work with you to eliminate all the stress and allow you to enjoy the build up to your big day. We always have a contingency plan set up in the event of an emergency (not matter how big or how small) and work hard to create a day that reflects you as a couple.

Our wedding planning services are created on an individual basis to create each couples specific needs, ensuring that meet your exact requirements for a wedding planner. We work hard to fit into your budget and save you money wherever possible.

Call today to book your completely free, no obligation consultation to discuss your needs and requirements. Contact us via the contact tab or on 07522 447546.


We are often asked ‘why should I hire a wedding planner’ and ‘what benefits would you provide me with’. Here are some of our frequently asked questions to help you make a decision on your next steps to wedding planning.

What is a Wedding Planner?
Why should we hire a Wedding Planner?
What does a Wedding Planner do?
Why can't I do the planning myself?
Can I afford a Wedding Planner?
My reception venue has a wedding coordinator; do I still need to hire a wedding planner?
I don't like being told what to do, should I hire a Wedding Planner?
Do I need a wedding planner even though my family and friends have offered to help?
Can I use a Wedding Planner Book/Software instead?

What is a Wedding Planner?
Wedding Planners are people who know the steps to preparing for a wedding and the many details that need to be handled on the big day. They will be resourceful, organized and detail-oriented and can usually offer many creative ideas to personalise a wedding. Wedding Planners allow the bride and groom to enjoy their special day knowing they have a professional taking care of everything else.

Why should we hire a Wedding Planner?
More than ever in these current economic times having someone who knows how to get the maximum return on your investment is invaluable. Having the help of an experienced professional that is not emotionally involved in planning your wedding can result in a wedding day that meets the expectations of your dreams without breaking your budget. A wedding planner is a distinct asset as you plan your wedding. A planner will take care of all of the details, leaving you to enjoy your engagement and wedding day.

What does a Wedding Planner do?
In a nutshell, as little or as much as you need. From the initial budget planning, to supervising that the last detail of the reception happens on schedule, a professional wedding planner personally brings experience and knowledge of the wedding industry into your wedding plans - which can be the difference between an event that comes together and one that does not.

Why can’t I do the planning myself?
You can do the planning yourself and that is part of the fun. But it also can be a hassle: checking out many sources for each supplier category, making sure all the details are in place, worrying about whether you’re getting the best deal and whether everything will turn out alright. A wedding planner has the training and experience to make it all come together while you relax and enjoy the romance and festivities of your wedding.

Can I afford a Wedding Planner?
A wedding planner is part of your budget, and should not be considered an extra expense. In fact, you may even save money because a professional wedding planner can often suggest affordable alternatives that actually enhance your wedding. Your planner will work with you to produce your dream wedding, including the planner’s fee, all within your budget.

The bottom line is you have nothing to lose but EVERYTHING to gain by having a wedding planner help with some aspect of your wedding plans. Weddings by Rachel has of a number of different services that can help you figure out what is important to you and how that gets incorporated into your wedding.

My reception venue has a wedding coordinator; do I still need to hire a wedding planner?
Yes. A wedding coordinator is someone who clients may contact if they need extra reassurance on the actual wedding day. A wedding coordinator meets with clients, double checks details with suppliers, introduce themselves, and finally is in attendance on your wedding day to make sure that everything happens the way it's supposed to.

A venue coordinator works for the venue - that is where their loyalties lie. Their job is to answer your questions about the venue and assist you with your venue layout and decor. It isn't their job to assist you with all the many details that go into planning your big day.

As your wedding planner, our loyalty is solely to you, our client. Our job is to assess the level of services you need and do everything we can to ensure that your wedding reflects your unique style and taste.

A wedding planner is actually involved from the very beginning of the planning process. Your wedding planner will handle each detail of your wedding from start to finish - everything from finding a venue and the appropriate suppliers to actually being there on your wedding day to make sure everything runs smoothly and as planned. Having a wedding planner reduces the natural stress of planning a wedding so that you can enjoy the entire process and have complete confidence that all the details are taken care of for you.

I don't like being told what to do, should I hire a Wedding Planner?
Wedding Planners are only here to help the bride and groom in any area they feel uncomfortable about and to act as a resource of information when there are uncertainties about the wedding. It is up to the bride and groom how involve they want the planner to be. Whether the Wedding Planner will plan every last detail from start to end, or simply being around for moral support is all up to the bride and groom.

Do I need a wedding planner even though my family and friends have offered to help?
Yes. Even though family members have good intentions, your family and friends deserve and want to enjoy the day with you rather than spending their precious time working. Your wedding planner will be there to watch over all the details and make sure that your wedding day is worry and stress free. Professional wedding planners also offer a high level of service and know how to prevent disasters and make sure everything is just right.

Planning a wedding can be stressful, especially when the people doing it are involved emotionally. And what’s worse, friends and family can often take it personally, they want everything perfect for you, or at least, what they think is perfect instead of what you would like.

And remember, it’s your big day and you want to share and enjoy it with everyone you love. Do you really want your mum or best friend to run around all stressed out instead of basking together in your love and joy?

Can I use a Wedding Planner Book/Software instead?

A Wedding Planner Book is a written guide to the steps required for planning a wedding. It allows a bride to keep all her wedding details with her, wherever she goes. However, the book can only provide instructions and worksheets for keeping track of details.

A Wedding Planner Software is a set of computerised instructions and worksheets that can be personalised for planning a wedding. However, the software must be installed on and accessed from a specific computer so it will be difficult to keep all your information at your fingertips and any new information must be recorded somewhere and re-entered into the computer later.

An Online Wedding Planner is a tool that provides instructions and worksheets for organising information for planning a wedding. It can be accessed anywhere that has an Internet connection. However, information cannot be recorded instantly into your online tool so it’s an added task to the many things you need to do, to re-enter information into your tool.

For all of these scenarios it is important to remember that all of the keeping track, running around and hard work still needs to be done by the bride or someone else.

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