Well it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, sometimes life just gets busy. When I first started I was off work due to a leg injury…the perfect time to reminisce and do something I love, but back to working full time as a midwife and often finishing late, hobbies like this just get pushed aside!
Right, so a wedding planner, I guess if you were getting married in the UK/ country you live in, it wouldn’t be as necessary, I don’t think we would have had one. But there is definitely a daunting side of getting married abroad, especially all the legal bits.
The question is… where do you find one that is suitable for you, I think that’s the hard bit. We started by looking online but we found ours on the Facebook group we had joined. We had posted on there for some more info and she contacted us. It was such early stages for us that we didn’t want to commit straight away, so we made a date to meet her in person. It was important to us that they spoke good English, we didn’t want any misinterpretations! I know a lot of Italian wedding planners are English but live in Italy, ours lived in the UK but worked alongside an English lady who had lived in Italy for 20+ years. This reassured us that there would be someone over there dealing with issues we couldn’t deal with whilst being in a different country.
I think what drew us to ours was the two night stay in Italy was included where they would take us round viewing venues for the day. This was really beneficial, as I think trying to book venue viewings with a language barrier could be a little tricky and knowing the timings for appointments and logistics of parking and getting to the destination would all need factoring in. You would also need to hire a car, ok for the more adventurous but we didn’t fancy the the fast windy roads of the Amalfi Coast!! We definitely opted for the easier option here, but everyone is different though and this might work for you and be an exciting part of your planning.
Obviously wedding planners don’t come cheap! We paid £2500 for ours, I know there are some that are cheaper and looking back now I think it was more due to the two night stay and viewings day it cost a little more. Its just important you factor this into your budget. There was a deposit to be paid and then the remaining balance was due before the wedding. Obviously this was just our planner, they will all be different. I feel looking back there should have been a final part of the payment made after the wedding. There were a few things on our wedding day that we feel could have been done better (not that it spoilt it, it really was the most amazing day) but maybe not having paid in full previously, could have been more reassuring. There’s so many things to learn planning a wedding, I mean its not an often occurrence- well hopefully not!!
I guess everyone has different expectations of a wedding planner, we were mainly thinking it would help with the legal side of things and the organisation of the day. However, paying that amount of money, we did feel there should have been more input and ideas given to us. I would say we did the planning of our wedding, the main help from planners was the ordering of the flowers and setting up and running of the day.
I definitely think that you need to do quite a bit of research prior to committing, look at their reviews and ask for testimonials too, remember people can talk the talk! But I think in general it put our mind at rest knowing the day would run smoothly having a planner there.
A few photos of the best day of our lives…
Thank you for reading…