Brides, you know that when you’re planning a wedding, a huge part of it is speaking to and negotiating with lots of different suppliers.
So, what is the actual difference between a wedding planner and a wedding designer?
If you want to enlist some help when you start planning your wedding, would you benefit from having both, or are they actually interchangeable? It’s likely that the tasks they perform will have an element of overlap, but it’s also the case that they each have a very different focus, and the initial brief that you give them will be based on this. I’ll help you take a closer look at each one so that you can decide where the best place would be for you to invest your money. Of course, you want your day to be memorable, and I want to help you make your day a memorable occasion for all of the right reasons.
In this case, it’s all in the name! A wedding planner is going to be there right from the start with you, helping to plan each aspect of your wedding. A priority within their role is to take the pressure off of the two of you, to help reduce your stress and anxiety levels, suggest themes, make trusted recommendations, and negotiate budgets and pricing. Wedding planning will stick with you right through the process and be present on your wedding day. They will be helping to ensure that everyone is where they need to be and at the right times so that the day goes as smoothly as possible.
Most wedding planners will be able to help with the following areas:
A wedding planner will often put hundreds of hours of their time into your wedding day, they will know you as a couple inside and out and be on hand to support you each step of the way, resolving as many issues and problems as they can for you. Although you will come to your own agreement with your wedding planner over what they are responsible for and when you can contact them you should think of them as your right-hand man/woman who is there to support you in every way possible.
In a nutshell, a wedding designer is there to help you with the aesthetics of your wedding – bringing your wedding to life through color, props, and layout. They are going to help you wow your guests with how your wedding and reception are laid out and the items that you choose to utilize on your special day. This could be helping you to finalize a color palette, designing centerpieces for your tables, or sourcing that one ‘wow’ element that you have visualized but need help to bring to life. A wedding designer’s role has very little to do with the overall planning of the wedding. The role of a designer is purely aesthetic – a wedding designer creates a cohesive feel and your desired atmosphere. They’ll offer guidance on fabrics, textures, color palettes, props, furniture, and all décor elements.
Most wedding designers will be able to help with the following areas:
A wedding designer can help to remove the stress of all those final preparations and the day-of set up of your wedding. They may also be able to save you a considerable amount of money by being able to recommend reliable, trustworthy suppliers. When it comes to any props, chair covers, and embellishments, they may have a variety that you can rent which will be perfect for your day and save you the expense of purchasing.
…then hiring a wedding designer may just be for you. Typically, due to the nature of their work they tend to book up quite early on so we would recommend sourcing your wedding designer as far as 12 months before your wedding day. This will also give your chosen supplier time to source any obscure or unique items for the day.
While there is an area of overlap between a wedding planner and a wedding designer, they have very different roles to play when it comes to the planning and execution of your wedding.
Deciding on the level of help you want to invest in will depend on a number of things including how much of the planning you want to do yourself, how much time you have to invest in planning your wedding, how creative you are, and of course the budget that you are working with.
You could opt to work with just one, both, or neither – the choice is all yours but hopefully you now feel armed with the information that can help you to make an informed decision.
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