What is Partial Wedding Planning?

I frequently get asked ‘What is Partial Wedding Planning?’

Many couples often wish to plan their big day. Initially setting out their budget, discussing their ideas, sourcing the wedding venue and suppliers, creating and sending out the invitations and monitoring their RSVP list. But as the months start to tick away, the ever-growing list of tasks, the seemingly endless stream of emails, calls and paperwork that planning a wedding entails can suddenly become overwhelming.

Most couples who are juggling planning their big day with stressful or high-powered careers and a hectic family and social life can often be unaware that it can take over 250 hours to plan a wedding.

This is where the services of an experienced and professional wedding planner like myself can really come into their own.

Most wedding planners will take up the reins around 3 months prior to the wedding and offer Partial Wedding Planning services, enabling the bride & groom to really begin to enjoy the lead up to their special day. In these last few months there are likely to be long weekends away for stag & hen parties, wedding dress and suit fittings, thank-you gifts to purchase, bridal hair and make up trials, all of which are the fun and exciting parts that a wedding planner can’t attend for you (although I do love wedding dress shopping and more than happy to have my hair & make up done anytime!!)Wedding Hair & Make Up by Dawn Taylor, Essex based / Photo: Rebecca Farries Photography

Many couples still very much want to be involved in the planning of their big day but need guidance, advice and assistance to move their wedding plans in the right direction. Often, when an experienced and professional wedding planner comes on board at this stage there are lots of ‘To Do’s that just don’t seem to be getting ticked off, so knowing that the stresses and strains have been lessened will make for a far more enjoyable time.

A professional wedding planner will gather up all the paperwork, contact all the suppliers to check the status of the arrangements and get everything in order. There will no doubt be viewings and meetings still to attend, perhaps additional suppliers needing to be sourced or there may be other outstanding issues to take care of. A fresh pair of eyes can usually ensure that anything is quickly resolved, which can make a huge and positive impact on the wedding plans moving forward.

A detailed time plan will be created for the big day which will lay out how the day will run and will also ensure there are no potential issues, hiccups or gaps.

On the wedding day, the planner will be in attendance from start to finish, fielding calls, assisting with setup, checking all the arrangements, directing suppliers and helping guests, but most importantly ensuring that the bride & groom are able to enjoy every single moment of their special day, safe in the knowledge that their initial wedding day plans are now coming to fruition.

Should you wish to have a guiding hand over the final few months of your wedding with my Partial Wedding Service please do not hesitate to contact me.


Signature of experienced and professional wedding planner Mary Briscoe

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