There’s an online article that has been upsetting the ranks of honourable wedding planners quite a bit over the the past 24 hours. In the interest of full disclosure, and since we love any opportunity to dispel the common myths surrounding wedding planners in the UK, we wanted to tell you about it so you can make up your own minds.
Before we let you wander off though we’d like to comment on some of the sweeping generalizations the author so boldly makes.
Firstly, we must point out that we do not personally know the author, but it certainly sounds like they have had their fair share of bad experiences with wedding planners. If that was the case then we feel truly sorry for them and the torment they have clearly gone through. We’re by no means saying that less than honourable wedding planners don’t exist (because boy do we know that they do), but perhaps it’s not quite fair to taint all of us with the same brush?
Wedding planners are a bit like builders:
there are some seriously dodgy ones out there which should really come with a health warning. Equally though, for every rotten one there’s at least one really good one out there. This is why it is so important for you to do your research until you find the wedding planner you love. And then don’t just take their word for it but check their references! Any decent wedding planner will be more than happy to put you in touch with couples they have worked with so you can verify their “claims to fame”. And if they refuse, we’d recommend you walk away – no matter how snazzy their website looks.
We don’t want to bore you to tears but just a few more comments to some of the statements:
Wedding planners are expensive
The simplest answer is: they needn’t be. At bride&glory for example, we can work with you as much or as little as you need/want us to (it’s our mix & match philosophy). We’re happy for you to call on us as and when you need us, whether that’s for a one-off job or separate elements of your planning process, so you’ll always be in control. And we don’t charge percentages but a fully transparent hourly rate (and provide the timesheets to back it up), so you will always know exactly what you’re paying for.
We force “our” suppliers on you because it’s more convenient
We, and all of the people we work with, do not take commissions. Whether you choose a supplier we recommend or not – we do not benefit so there is no reason for us to try and force our suggestions on you.
We could go on but really, that’s what our section “the truth” is for, so if you’d like to know more about common misconceptions, have a look over here.
Please remember that, as for most businesses, a good reputation is any decent wedding planner’s strongest suit and most of us would never be so shortsighted to risk it for a quick fix. We will always go that extra-mile that means you are happy and 100% certain that having called us in was the right decision.
After all, as the infamous Warren Buffet so aptly put it:
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”
But enough from us – it is up to you to decide whether you agree with the author of the following:
Until next time, be even more fabulous than usual!