I recently had the pleasure of meeting with the lovely Caroline Voon, who is the owner and founder of Perfect Peony Weddings, based in High Wycombe. This lady really knows her stuff when it comes to planning weddings for her very lucky couples. She’s had bundles of experience in the industry, the highest qualifications in wedding planning, and is also a member of UKAWP (The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners). I would not only trust her to organise my wedding, but probably my life!!
Here’s what she has to say:
It’s a common myth that wedding planners are just for the rich and famous! Many people may not have considered hiring a wedding planner as they simply don’t understand how we might be able to help them and are unclear about what we can offer.
We can, of course help you to plan your wedding completely from start to finish, but we also have a range of flexible services we offer to fit your individual needs.
One of our most popular services is in fact our ‘On the Day Management’ whereby you have planned your entire wedding yourself, but we can step in and manage the actual day for you. This enables you to truly relax and enjoy every moment of your special day, without having to worry about the finer details, knowing that they’re all taken care of.
Some of our other couples engage our ‘Venue Finding’ or ‘Supplier Sourcing’ services, as they may have difficulty finding a particular supplier. Alternatively we can arrange a completely bespoke service for any particular elements you require assistance with.
Throughout the process we work closely with our couples giving advice and offering our expertise along the way, whilst allowing you to still retain full control of any decision making. So you don’t have to let go of the reigns completely!
We always offer a complimentary consultation with absolutely no obligation. We will discuss your plans, ideas, wishes and requirements and this also provides an opportunity to get to know each other better.
So, if you are considering hiring a wedding planner we thought we’d share with you below some of the reasons and benefits of doing so:
We can assist clients who are time short, due to demanding work schedules or busy family lives and also those who are trying to juggle both. The average wedding is estimated to take 250 hours to plan so that’s a lot of extra hours to squeeze into your already full daily schedule. With our knowledge and expertise we can assist you with the complete planning process or just step in for certain areas as you require.
We offer professional advice and expertise to ensure your day flows seamlessly, relieving you of any stress along the way and enabling you to enjoy all the special, exciting parts of planning your wedding. You can be rest assured that nothing has been overlooked and any potential issues are resolved along the way ensuring adequate contingency plans are in place should they be needed. We can also provide guidance around timescales and ensure that deadlines are completed on schedule.
Venue and Supplier sourcing
We have already built strong business relationships with reputable, reliable venues and suppliers who you can trust to deliver the level of service you would expect. Any discounts or commission offered will be passed directly on to you as the client, therefore saving you money. We can ensure all suppliers are adhering to their deadlines and follow up with them accordingly. Utilising our knowledge of local venues and by conducting additional research we can advise on their suitability to meet your requirements.
We can provide you with a detailed budget breakdown apportioned according to your own priorities and we will advise you appropriately in order for you to remain within your budget. We will also be able to suggest where you can save money in particular areas, by providing alternative options for you to consider.
We offer a range of services available for you to select from according to your own needs and requirements. We also offer bespoke services tailored to your specific desires. Whichever level of service you choose you can rely on our friendly, flexible approach to deliver a service at a consistently high standard.
We offer reliability given that we are professionally trained with a recognised diploma in Wedding and Event Planning. Also as a member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners, UKWAP an organisation that promotes professionalism and standards within the industry, we are vetted and abide by their Code of Business Practice.
We gain a great sense of pleasure from helping our clients to achieve their dream day and client satisfaction is extremely important to us. We focus on listening intently to our clients, proposing options which allow the client to still remain in full control. We have a love of lists, spreadsheets and schedules and a huge desire for perfection!
Photo credits: Faye Cornhill Photography, Helen Cawte Photography, Alexandra Jane Photography, Hannah McClune Photography