Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHY SHOULD I HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER?
A: Every couple is different and so too are their reasons for hiring a wedding planner, whether it’s because you have got demanding jobs, a young family, live overseas, want to marry in an area they don’t know, lack the creative confidence to deliver your vision or simply have no interest in wedding planning! Whatever the reason the benefits are the same and there really isn’t a good reason not to hire a wedding planner!
I will take away the stress and burden the planning of your wedding saving you a considerably amount of time. I will recommend the suppliers that are right for you, your wedding and your budget. I will bring your vision to life and if you don’t have one, create one for you working tirelessly to ensure that every last detail is consider. I will create a detailed timeline for the day and be there for set up and breakdown, manage suppliers and be the main point of contact for family and friends – a real behind the scenes firefighter. Lastly and most importantly I am dedicated to your needs and on your team!
Q: HOW INVOLVED WILL YOU BE IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?
A: That’s really up to you. I offer six different, flexible packages that are tailored to your needs. From Full Planning and Design where I will be with you every step of the way to 7 Week Support where we fine tune your wedding arrangements and assist with any last-minute suppliers and On the Day Coordination which allows you to relax and enjoy your day. Full information about each package can be found on the services page.
Q: HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO YOU BOOK?
A: I can start working with you at any stage in the planning process, most people book 9-18 months in advance.
Q: HOW DO WE OFFICIALLY RESERVE OUR DATE?
A: I require a signed contract and deposit; once I receive both of those, I’m all yours!
Q: I DON’T LIVE IN THE UK, CAN YOU STILL HELP?
A: Absolutely yes! My couples span the world so if a face-to-face meeting isn’t possible then we will get to know each other via video call or email. Many couples love the history of Oxford and quintessential Cotswolds but don’t know much about the area and the best wedding suppliers.
Q: HOW MANY WEDDINGS DO YOU WORK ON AT ONCE?
A: A large amount of time is devoted to every wedding I undertake, with this in mind I only take on a limited number of full planning weddings per year.
Q: DO YOU TAKE COMMISSION FROM WEDDING SUPPLIERS YOU BOOK?
A: Some wedding planners do but for me it’s an absolute no no! Its important that every supplier on your wedding day is part of the wider Katie Lou Weddings team and give 110% to your wedding.
Q: WE ARE INTERESTING IN USING A WEDDING PLANNER WHAT WOULD THE FIRST STAGE BE?
A: The very first port of call would be to check your wedding date and my availability. I will then send you our service guide which lists all our services and fees. We can then set up a no obligation, in depth phone or video consultation. From this I will establish how best to create your perfect wedding day. I will listen to what you have to say and ask lots of questions. You may already have a vision for your dream day but if not, we will find it together. We believe that your wedding should be a reflection of who you are as a couple.
Q: WHAT INVESTMENT AM I LOOKING AT?
A: The investment varies according to the package; I am very transparent and work on a fixed fee basis, all services show the investment.
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR WEDDING PLANNING TOP TIPS?
· Number one job, write your guest list - this is vital when picking a venue/size of marquee
· Make it about you - you will never please everyone so don't try it's your day. The look, the ceremony, the food, the music should all be a reflection of you as a couple
· Make a wet weather plan, the Great British weather may have other plans for your special day and you should be prepared
· Have an emergency kit for the day with sun cream, nappies, plasters, pain killers, etc in it