Q1: Why would anyone use a wedding planner?
Busy work and social lives often mean that couples don’t have a great deal of time to spend together to research and organise their wedding. Of course not all brides want to relinquish their planning completely which is why the assisted/ partial planning service is my most popular. Don’t forget my experience and knowledge of the local area and local reliable and trustworthy suppliers are priceless. My services are very flexible and I don’t necessarily do the planning for you but with you.
Q2: What can I ask you to do?
Any wedding related task: no matter how big or small. If I can’t do it I will of course recommend somebody who can.
Q3: Won’t it be really expensive?
No, not when my fees start at just £20 per hour. Cost does depend on how much you need me to help with. I base my quotes on the hours I would need to complete the tasks required. This is why I offer a complimentary, no obligation meeting for us to meet and chat about your requirements. My maximum fee is currently capped at £995 for 2015 weddings.
Q4: What are you responsible for?
My responsibilities are the management and completion of the tasks given to me by the engaged couple. These are all outlined in my quotation and subsequent contract for my planning services. Any additional tasks would need to be discussed and agreed in writing by all parties involved.
Q5: Do we work with you or a team member?
Amethyst Weddings is owned and operated by me and only me. I work with you from start to finish.
Q6: How will you save me money?
I have negotiated discounts with certain suppliers that I pass on directly to my couples. I am prepared to negotiate prices for services on your behalf. I will also carry out DIY projects with you or for you to help keep your wedding costs low. I always keep my fee as low as I can. I also offer advice and support when you select services to ensure you prioritise your budget and don’t book any services on impulse.
Q7: I only want a simple wedding – is it something you can help with?
Not a problem – sometimes an extra pair of eyes and an unbiased opinion can help to keep you on track and within budget. It’s easy to get carried away when there are so many beautiful things and quirky ideas and services available.
Q8: Can you give advice on wedding etiquette and traditions?
Not all engaged couples are aware of traditions and etiquette associated with weddings, therefore I always ask if there are any specific wedding customs they wish to include or exclude. I am always on hand to advise and answer any questions about the content of your wedding day that will help make it truly special and unique for both of you.
Q9: Can you give me some recommendations from people whose weddings you have planned?
Q10: I haven’t a clue about themes, colour schemes, do you have any photos you can show me?
I have some examples of my work on my website. I also use Pinterest to create a mood board and pull together ideas for each of my couples, this means you can find your perfect wedding theme or colour and make decisions on likes and dislikes with the push of a button.
Q11: Will you be there on the day to sort things out?
Yes if you want me there on the day to manage the wedding day schedule then I will include this in the price of my service in your quote and contract. If you don’t wish me to attend this is then omitted from your quote and contract.
Q12: My mother in law to be has some very strong ideas about what the wedding will be like, how will you deal with that?
First and foremost I will be working with you, the couple. This includes all communication and meetings with you and not family members unless arranged otherwise. However having had first hand experience of similar situations I find it best to take an individuals opinions and ideas on board so they feel involved and valued rather than pushed aside and dismissed. Of course this doesn’t mean you need to action these ideas and suggestions but this generally helps negate any bad feeling before it arises and keeps the peace. Plus you never know you might like some of the suggestions and you will almost certainly know which ones you do not like. I am happy to act as a mediator in these circumstances.
Q13: What if something goes wrong? Are you insured?
I hold Public Liability Insurance but this covers damage and injury caused by myself. It does not cover or insure against any issues with the individual suppliers or services that you, the couple, employ. I would always recommend you take out wedding insurance so you are covered for all eventualities. I do, however, check that each supplier has suitable insurance cover whilst I am making enquiries for you.
Q14: Do you offer different options/packages?
I don’t offer set price packages simply because I believe this is too prescriptive. One service doesn’t fit all in my opinion. All my prices are quoted on the basis of the hours involved for me as your wedding planner. Individual service for each couple. I offer help including advice on wedding etiquette and sourcing wedding suppliers right through to full planning. Take a look at my services page for more information.
Q15: How do I book and what payment methods do you accept?
A small non refundable deposit payment (usually 20%) holds your date and confirms the booking. A payment plan can be arranged and full payment must be paid 14 days prior to your wedding day. I accept cash, BACS and PayPal.
Q16: How often do we meet up during the planning?
I will keep in regular contact via email and phone throughout your planning. You can contact me at any time to if you have a question or are worried about anything. Following our initial meeting I aim to meet with you at least twice during the lead up to your big day. These meetings are included in your quote for my services. Usually regular updates via email are suffice with a progress meeting part way through and the last meeting approximately a fortnight prior to your wedding day. If you require more regular meetings we can discuss and arrange this prior to exchange of contracts.