Advice From A Wedding Planner: “Don’t lose sight of the real reason you are planning your wedding”
Who needs some help in choosing a wedding planner? Sian Bowron, wedding consultant for Amethyst Weddings, is here to talk about the experience of being a wedding planner. At the end of the article, you have a photo gallery with some of the weddings that Sian planned, just to catch a glimpse of how awesome it is to have someone take care of such things for you. Great job, Sian!
Question: Sian, many thanks for agreeing to do this interview with us. First of all, please let our brides know what are the duties of a wedding planner and what you, as a wedding planner yourself, can do for a bride.
Answer: As a wedding consultant I offer help to brides and grooms from managing their budget, choosing suitable and affordable suppliers, organizing the time-line for the wedding day. I can also attend on the wedding day to manage all their suppliers and make sure everyone is where they need to be when they need to be there. I aim to make my couples wedding planning experience as stress free as possible and I’m always on hand to help with any decision making and trouble shooting.
Q: What made you choose this career path?
A:Following my own wedding in June 2008 I was simply hooked on everything involved with weddings. I couldn’t shake it off so decided I had to work in the wedding industry.
Q: How long have you been in the business?
A: I launched Amethyst Weddings in September 2012, when my maternity leave was up and I had decided not to go back to the day job.
Q: How do you establish connections with other wedding vendors and does that work in the benefit of a bride?
A: Over the last couple of years I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating on several local photo shoots. These aren’t just great for expanding your portfolio, they also give you an excellent insight into the ethics and reliability of the local businesses involved. I regularly meet and network with local suppliers and always go to these trusted professionals first when looking for suppliers for my clients.
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
A: Breaking through people’s preconceptions of what a wedding planner can do. It is very frustrating when you hear comments like “I don’t want someone to take over and plan my wedding for me” or “A wedding planner is too expensive”
Q; Have you ever dealt with what everyone calls a “bridezilla”? How did that turn out for you?
A: I’m too polite to say. Discretion is key when working with any engaged couple.
Q: How do you convince brides they need a wedding planner at their wedding?
A: I don’t usually have to do a lot of convincing to be honest. Most of the couples that have approached me have usually decided that they need some kind of help and support with their wedding plans before contacting me. Organizing a wedding is a huge undertaking and some people feel they can’t see the wood for the trees, or that they simply do not have time to spend on wedding planning with long working hours and busy lives.
Q: And what exactly do you do on the wedding day?
A: My first task is to keep the bride and groom relaxed. I make sure all the suppliers are there and set up where they should be and keep everything on schedule where possible. I am also the main point of contact for the wedding party, guests and suppliers.
Q: What have you found from your own experience, what freaks out brides the most when it comes to planning their own wedding?
A: Sometimes the shear enormity of the tasks fills the bride to be with dread. There is a lot to organize and for them I am an extra set of hands, an unbiased opinion and at times the voice of reason.
Q: What is it that sets you apart from all the other wedding planners out there?
A:I am “me”, my couples book me because they know I will go above and beyond to make their day as special as I can. My couples are like my extended family during their planning and I always want the best for them.
Q: Describe an emotional moment that you had while being hired to work at a wedding.
A: I helped with a same sex wedding last year and that was an emotional day. It was the first same sex wedding at the venue and my first same sex wedding ceremony so it was quite a momentous day.
Q: What should brides look for in a wedding planner?
A: I would always recommend finding the right wedding planner for you. One size doesn’t fit all. Choose somebody who understands your wedding concept and how to achieve it with you, not someone who wants you to fit in with their ideas. A wedding planner is there to assist you with one of the most memorable events in your lifetime so make sure they understand what you want before booking them.
Q: One last piece of advice for our readers?
A: Don’t lose sight of the real reason you are planning your wedding. It’s not about the size of your chocolate fountain or how many drinks you buy your guests. You have chosen to get married to seal your commitment to each other and make what will hopefully be life long promises to each other. Plan your wedding day the way you want it.