Becky: Have you been thinking about having a planner to help you organise your day? Maybe you're unsure about exactly what things a wedding planner can do for you. Let me introduce you to Chenai Bukutu founder and principle planner of ByChenai Events. She's going to give you a rundown of the top 12 things a wedding planner can help you with when it comes to planning your day.
"Wedding planners effectively give you back your time so you can focus on the more enjoyable elements of the wedding planning journey." - ChenaiMy name is Chenai Bukutu , owner and lead event planner at ByChenai Events. I work with stylish clients in the UK and abroad to make their wedding or party uniquely theirs, incorporating thoughtful and luxurious details without ostentation. ByChenai Events was born out of a love for joyful celebration, with this in mind, and through collaboration and inspiration, I strive to make your wedding planning experience just that. If you’ve been considering getting help for your wedding and unsure whether to get professional support, the 12 points I’ve put together below are some of the key things a wedding planner can do for you. The perception of a wedding planner being an extravagance reserved for fictional characters in Rom Coms is fading away as couples realise the value that we bring. Wedding Planning is a huge time investment, between 200-300 hours in fact and it can be stressful if project planning and management is not your forte. Wedding planners effectively give you back your time so you can focus on the more enjoyable elements of the wedding planning journey. Wedding planners are excellent project managers and will create a planning timeline specific to your wedding so you know what is happening when. Often they will schedule your appointments where necessary so all you have to do is show up to the tastings or the fittings (the fun stuff) whilst we take care of the boring ‘wedmin’. Professional wedding planners will agree that creating a realistic budget (and sticking to it) is one of the most important parts of ensuring a smooth planning journey. The benefit of having a planner is that we understand the market, we know what it costs to translate your vision into a wedding day reality and we can guide and advise you accurately throughout. Yes, you read that right. We often guide couples to make decisions that align with their priorities and offer suggestions on how best to allocate resources. I always have a conversation about wedding favours for example, couples like to spend money on these gestures that are often left on the table or thrown away at the end of the wedding. I always highlight where this money could be better spent - like food and drink, an area that will always add to the guest experience.
Becky: Thanks so much to Chenai for writing this article for us as I know it will have answered lots of your questions. You can check out Chenai's work or book her services on her website and keep up to date with her on her Instagram here.RELATED: Download our 12 month wedding planning checklist RELATED: Help out your guests by having a gift list RELATED: Get a copy of our book to help you plan your day your way