How long are you on site for on the day of the wedding?

As long as you need me for. All weddings are different, but I will be there early to set up and will usually be there until late evening.

Will you be there on the day to oversee the entire event and co-ordinate the logistics with vendors and the bridal party?

Definitely! My job is to allow you to relax, to enjoy your day and be able to cherish each moment. l will send a wedding schedule to everyone involved so that they know what they need to do, and when. On the day, I will be there making sure that it happens, that your day runs smoothly and to time, troubleshooting discretely if necessary.

Will you read over the suppliers contracts for me?

Yes. I will always review the contracts before you sign them and highlight any areas that you may want to pay particular attention to.

Will you come to our consultations with other suppliers?

Yes, if you want me to. I can learn a lot about you in the meetings, from your reactions and body language, and it is always helpful to know what has and hasn’t been agreed. I can give you an objective point of view or sounding board if you need one.

Can you organise the invitations?

I will help you to co-ordinate and select stationery that enhances your wedding design. I will advise you on any relevant etiquette and wordings. If required, I can address and mail the invites and I will manage the RSVPs and draw up details of guests with transport, hotel and special dietary requirements etc.

Can you help me with etiquette?

Yes. I will help you with the ‘rules’ so that you understand the traditions and also the modern alternatives to them. We can discuss which ones can be bent and which are important to being a gracious host.

How will I know what is happening and what I have to do?

Firstly, this is your day and you can ‘do’ and be involved as much, or as little as you want- we can discuss this in the consultation. However, I will draw up a file for you incorporating your budget planning, timeline, and payment schedules. I will send this out to you every week with a list of bullet pointed jobs that we each need to work on during that month.

We will also meet at key stages in the planning process to review progress and agree our next course of action. You also have unlimited e-mail and telephone access during office hours.

What happens if you were unable to attend on the day?

Although this has never happened to date, I do have back up plans for all my weddings, just in case. Wedding planners who are members of the UKAWP tend to work in a similar way and would certainly be used to my schedules, contact details, guest management lists etc. We work together to help each other out and have agreed terms for working for each other in emergency situations.

Will you have anyone else with you at my wedding?

I often work with an assistant, and would never risk your wedding day by having inadequate staff available. The number of staff is based on the complexity and size of the wedding, and will be included in your quotation after the initial consultation.

Do you work on your own or as part of a team of planners?

I work on my own, which means that you will always work directly with me, and your wedding plans will never be delegated to others. I also regularly work with other professional planners from the UKAWP, and so have a network of qualified people available to help when required.

Do you have a portfolio and references from your past weddings that I can see?

Yes. You can view past weddings in the Gallery section of my website, and references in the Testimonials section. Alternatively, I will bring this along to our consultation

How many weddings to you plan each year?

I only ever plan 10 wedding to ensure that I can provide a very personal service for my couples. I would never plan two weddings on the same weekend, and always endeavour to keep the week before completely free for you.

Do you operate as a real business?

Yes. Simply Elegant Ltd is registered at Companies House in England and Wales with Company Number 07001176. The company holds Public Liability Insurance to the value of £2M and I am a Full Member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners - UKAWP.com

Are you paid commission from the suppliers that you work with?

Absolutely not. I do not believe that accepting commission would be in your best interests. Any commissions offered, or discounts negotiated are passed directly on to you. Additionally, I do not sign contracts on your behalf, never mark up vendor fees or add a ‘sourcing’ fee to their prices.

Do you charge for an initial meeting?

No. The initial consultation is complimentary and will last for around 1-2 hours. This is our opportunity to get to know each other a little bit and see how we could best work together. We will be spending a lot of time together and it is important that our personalities match.

What will it cost me?

That really depends upon which service you need. I offer hourly rates if you want some support with specific areas or would like advice on a consultancy style basis. I also offer flat-rate fees that can be customised to suit your wedding. For some services I charge a percentage of the budget. I will discuss the options with you at the initial consultation, and document the payment methods agreed in my proposal so that you know exactly what you will be paying, and what you can expect in return.

What size budget should we have to use a planner?

Any!  I offer a comprehensive range of services that allow you to pick and mix the elements that you need, right up to full planning.  What you do need to decide is how much you have to spend, and I will help you plan and design a wedding within your budget which is unique and personal to you.  We will discuss priorities and those items that really aren’t that important to you, I will also be open and honest with regards to things that you can’t afford – offering alternatives where appropriate.

I have good relationships with wedding suppliers at all ranges of the price spectrum; I only use suppliers who will deliver a high quality product and standard of service and by being upfront about the cash you have to spend, they can put together a proposal to make the most effective use of it.  I am able to negotiate discounts with suppliers – and in fact to date have always covered my fee in savings made – although this is obviously not guaranteed.