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Hiring a wedding planner is a difficult task, but equally one of the most satisfying. This could also extend to event planners in general, but the nature of a wedding and the intimate, symbolic act of getting married makes it that more essential to get it right.

Why You Should Hire A Wedding Planner

Many brides choose to plan their own weddings, for personal reasons, budget reasons or simply because they think they can handle it. I can’t stress enough how important it is to get external help of some kind, whether it’s a professional wedding planner, app (such as the La Fête Planner) or a reliable and efficient family member/friend. So many things add up, details that you never could have imagined would come up and that can make the lead up to the wedding and the big day filled with anxiety. If there’s anything I know, it’s that a bride deserves to enjoy her special day without a care in the world, savouring every instant, and not fretting over whether there’s enough champagne and canapés for all the guests. Even though I’m a planner, I took the decision to hire two wedding planners: one for each of my destination ceremonies in Spain and France. I know both places like the back of my hand and speak the language, which is an undeniable advantage, but I wanted in a way to ally myself with local planners who can more easily coordinate the festivities and allow me to truly cherish both occasions.

Why You Should Hire A Wedding Planner

The key thing for me when choosing a wedding planner was connection: did these people get who I really was? Did they also understand my fiancé? Would they be okay with the fact that my role would be hands on, creative and very decisive, meaning that their habitual creative input would take a backseat to mine? Fortunately, I found two wonderful women who understood exactly what I was after and provided me with the best curated options for us, advice, administrative and logistical details, as well as local knowledge that I could never have come across had they not informed me of it.

Why You Should Hire A Wedding Planner

Efficiency isn’t the only criteria. Sure, it’s an important one, but feeling at ease enough to be brutally honest and being able to joke, as well as being serious is essential. This person is accompanying you on a major day of your life, they need to know your likes and dislikes inside out. You need to be comfortable enough with them to share concerns over the number of toilets at the venue to allergies, general worries, etc. I understand just how important it is to get right as I’m in the process of wedding planning right now, especially with two destination weddings, as you can’t have a coffee appointment or catch up with your planner whenever you feel like it. That’s why you need to trust your planner, but simultaneously don’t be afraid to question anything: you know yours and your partner’s needs better than anybody. Ultimately, it’s about striking the right balance of trust; communication; honesty and compatibility. Just like with your partner!

Why You Should Hire A Wedding Planner

Are you planning your big day? Then don’t forget to take a look at my services. Alternatively, find out more about the La Fête Wedding Planning App here!

Some of you may or may not know, but I am engaged to be married to my amazing fiancé Antonio. We are set to be married in a lavish celebration in Seville in March 2018, followed by another smaller celebration on the Atlantic coast of France in August 2018. So, we are in full wedding prep mode! And as all you brides may know, one of the biggies to get done sooner rather than later is the wedding rings.

WEDDING PLANNING UPDATE: Shopping for our wedding rings

We decided ages ago, even before we were engaged, that we wanted his brother and my sister to buy the wedding rings for us as a present for our wedding. We feel that this is one of the most intimate presents that we could receive on this special day and even more special coming from them.

WEDDING PLANNING UPDATE: Shopping for our wedding rings

So with a budget in mind and quite specific measurements (I would like a very skinny band, plain, no larger than 1mm, and he would like a rounded plain band, but his ring size is a Z! Both in Platinum) we started the search. Our first port of call was the Burlington Arcade of London, home to historical jewellers and watchmakers, it is THE place to go for vintage heirloom style jewellery. We approached the shop where Antonio had commissioned my engagement ring and made an appointment to see what they had for us. We looked at all of the platinum bands on offer and although beautiful, decided that because of the postcode, they were too expensive and that we would prefer to search for other options. This is something important for all of you getting married, remember that you are always entitled to research and compare prices, qualities and services, this is your right and never let anyone bully you into choosing something. Especially when it comes to a ring that you will be wearing forever!

WEDDING PLANNING UPDATE: Shopping for our wedding rings

We continued our research and found out that one of Antonio’s friends has a jewellery shop in Seville. So on our trip out there in April for the Feria de Sevilla (stay tuned for the next moodboard post where I will tell you all about this amazing event), we made a pit stop to his shop. To our greatest delight, he showed us some gorgeous pieces hand made in their atelier in the shop, in all sorts of metals and finishes. Once we had selected which model we each preferred, he started to calculate the price and after applying a friend discount, we were thrilled to order our bands! They are now being custom made for us, with our engraving etc. And I cannot wait to wear it for the rest of my life!

WEDDING PLANNING UPDATE: Shopping for our wedding rings

All this to say that make sure that you take the time to research and compare. Many talented jewellers that aren’t in historically prominent streets are just as good, if not better, and can get your orders made in shorter times and for cheaper. I always prefer to go the artisanal way as much as possible, it’s always unique and extra special, knowing that someone has used their artistic expression to create an object for you.