Why do I need a wedding planner?

The professional touch

Don’t let the stress of organising your big day spoil your wedding. Put your feet up and let your wedding planner organise the wedding of your dreams!

Trying to arrange your own big day is a daunting task – especially if you want to marry in an exotic location and are unsure about the procedures and local suppliers. Why put yourself under unnecessary pressure when you can ease the burden by handing all the hard work over to a professional wedding planner? Wedding planners work on a global landscape that includes not only virtually every country in the world but also any kind of wedding in locations such as beaches, castles, cliffs and desert islands. It is, however, important to remember that the wedding planning business is unregulated. You should make sure you’re happy with the firm you book – you might want to ask for customer testimonials and references, and check them.

Relax and enjoy!

When it comes to costing it all out, planners operate different systems. Most create various level packages that you will be free to customise according to your requirements. You will have the choice of whether you ask your planner to arrange flights and accommodation or whether you do it yourselves. You can even ask the planner to deal with invitations and RSVPs, or just ask them to arrange the ceremony and reception.

Just one word of caution: some less reputable companies will try to add an additional charge of up to 20 per cent to the total cost of your wedding package. You should be able to see precisely what you are paying for in full, transparent detail. Then relax and let the experts do what they do best – create your perfect wedding!

Experts advice

Lisa Burton from the Bridal Consultant (www.thebridalconsultants.com) specialises in organising destination weddings in some of Europe’s most popular destinations, including Santorini, Zykinthos, Italy, Croatia, Crete, Malta and Ibiza from her base in the UK. She says: “Destination Weddings should be just as unique and special as those for couples getting married here in the UK. We continually aim for the skies and only use the best suppliers in the industry and we will be there for the bride and groom as their confidante, their friend and their wedding planner.”

Wedding confidence

Many couples imagine their wedding under the blue sky with the sun shining and beautiful natural surrounding, but don’t feel confident having a Wedding abroad.

“We are here to help you organize a relaxed and stress free Wedding Day,” says Margarita Kasfiki, whose company Weddingsrhodes.com started planning weddings on the island of Rhodes in 2004. “Our experience grows every year and we try to offer the best that Rhodes has to offer to couples that trust us to organise their Special Day. We offer Civil Ceremonies, Orthodox Weddings and Vows Renewal as well as parties and events,” she says. Weddingsrhodes.com can also help with your travel and accommodation arrangements through their sister company Mediterranean Holidays Ltd.

Peace of mind

When Alise Kolosova married in Malta, she chose to use the services of I Do Knot, a Malta based Wedding Planner to organize her wedding: “I would recommend Petra and her I Do Knot team to everyone!” says Alise, who had made a last minute decision to marry on the beautiful Mediterranean island and needed help to organize her wedding quickly. “Petra was super fast in providing us with the best options and deals! I had reached out to few companies, but Petra was outstanding and stood out right away! I could not be more thankful,” she says. I DO KNOT work alongside brides and grooms from the moment they sign the contract with the wedding planners right up until the vows have been exchanged. They plan each day in a bespoke manner, offering plenty of options and ideas, catering for all sizes of weddings and budgets. www.idoknot.com

Anne Sophie Maestracci – Wedding Photographer Koh Samui – Thailand