More than a quarter (26%) of couples who got married in the past five years used a wedding planner, according to recent research we conducted1.
Three in ten (30%) of those who chose to use a wedding planner said they came highly recommended while just over one in five (21%) said they decided to partner with them because it made the experience easier.
This year’s wedding season was like no other and many couples will have desperately been looking for expert advice and guidance on what to do as Covid-19 began to threaten their big day.
Wedding planner Rianna Elizabeth helped to move as many as 15 weddings across the UK and Italy for international clients over lockdown, which given the short notice was a huge challenge despite her vast experience in managing weddings and running large scale corporate events.
To make matters worse, Rianna was forced to postpone her own wedding which was due to take place in June until 2021. It meant that she spent weeks negotiating with an army of different venues and suppliers to rebook weddings, while also trying to keep her business afloat as lockdown brought the curtains down on the 2020 wedding season.
Rianna has been in the thick of it in recent months, learning valuable lessons that will stand her clients who have rescheduled for 2021 and those who are looking to book from 2022 onwards in good stead.
We spoke to Rianna to get her top wedding planning tips for anyone intending to tie the knot in 2021.
This view is echoed by Paul Went, managing director of our consumer lending division, he adds “You may find you incur some additional costs that you hadn’t accounted for when you began planning your wedding. If this is the case it’s better to prioritise what is most important and look at how you can save money in other areas, to avoid overstretching your finances at such an uncertain time.
If you do choose to borrow additional funds, think carefully about what your limits are and research your available options to make the best decision for you.”
Author Rianna Elizabeth is a UK-based wedding planner who has been working in the industry for the past decade and has experience organising weddings ranging from large, lavish celebrations in Florence and Paris, through to smaller, intimate affairs in London. She is also the co-host of The Wedding Planning podcast and is a regular contributor to the news and guides section on our website where you can read more about planning and financing your big day.
1Survey of 500 people who got married in the past five years. Conducted by 3GEM Research & Insights between the 1st of November and 18th November 2019.
2Wedding services: coronavirus (COVID-19), cancellations and refunds, Competition and Markets Authority, 7 September 2020