FAQs

Please bear with me as I collect all your most frequently asked questions to populate this page.

GENERAL

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WHERE ARE YOU BASED?

I’m based in London (UK), but I have two bases in Italy: one in Milan and one in Ostuni (Puglia) and I travel quite a lot to Egypt too. So during the year you’re likely to find me in one of these places for days and sometimes weeks on end. I love the flexibility my job gives me – for as long as I have internet connection and my laptop, I can deal with work wherever I might be.

HOW DO YOU DO CONSULTATIONS IF YOU ARE ALWAYS TRAVELLING?

To be honest, most of my brides and grooms are either busy bees or gypsy souls like me, and the vast majority are based overseas. That’s why, most of my couples, even the London ones, prefer a video call to start with – something they can do from the comfort of their homes, from their office or at odd hours.

COMMISSIONS OR KICK BACKS: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Commissions (aka kick backs from suppliers) are something very common in the event industry where it is standard practice for an event organiser to receive compensation from vendors employed at one of her corporate events. When it comes to weddings, however, there are several issues associated with this practice: (1) lack of transparency & trust: wedding planners who take commissions hardly ever disclose this to their couples. Are you okay with being presented with a list of suppliers who may be recommended to you because of the commissions the planner has negotiated with them, rather than for being perfectly suited to you & your needs? (2) what you pay a supplier is inflated: a lot of suppliers need to increase their prices to you by 10-15% in order to pay that commission to the planner. So effectively, that planner that seems so much cheaper than me, will in effect cost you a lot more than you’d have paid me. Because, let’s be real: unless the planner is running a hobby, you cannot charge £2000/wedding (shockingly I hear of planners that charge even less!). If you do the maths – £2000/200 hours = £10/hours. You simply cannot run a business or offer a quality service on that hourly rate. The only way for that to be sustainable is if you take commissions from wedding suppliers. As a member of the UKAWP I have vowed not to accept commissions from my suppliers. When a commission is bing offered, I ask the supplier to pass that on to you as a discount.

WHAT'S THE ADVANTAGE OF DEALING WITH A UKAWP WEDDING PLANNER?

The UKAWP is not just a directory of wedding planners. It is primarily an association devoted to promoting professionalism. Becoming a member is not just a matter of paying a fee. Membership is only granted upon a rigorous check to ensure the planner meets the criteria that would identify him/her as a professional planner. Becoming a member means abiding to a strict code of business practice, which includes respecting clients’ confidentiality and fellow suppliers’ copyrights, ensuring I respond to emails within 48 hours, having a legally sound business contract, having up to date public liability insurance and of course not taking commissions. These are requirements that distinguish a professional planner and we take pride in guaranteeing to our clients peace of mind.

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WEDDINGS

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DO YOU CHARGE FOR CONSULTATIONS?

Currently I don’t. I give brides and grooms access to my diary via Calendly, an online tool that allows you to reserve a 45 minutes consultation with me. While there is no fee for this initial chat, I do ask to be given as much notice as possible if you can’t make the call. I’m always happy to give couples another appointment if for any reason they have forgotten (it happens even to the best of us!), but if you miss multiple appointments without giving me any notice, it is unlikely I will be able to book you in for another one.

 

HOW DO YOU CONDUCT CONSULTATIONS?

If in person isn’t an option, then my preferred method is usually a video call. I can Skype, FaceTime or Whatsapp with you, but if you prefer another app, just say the word and I’ll adapt.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU CAN NO LONGER BE THERE FOR THE WEDDING DAY?

I would never double book my services, unless I have made it clear right from the start that the wedding will be handled by someone else in my team; so if you have my availability, it means that the only time I may not be able to be there is for reasons beyond my control, such as bereavement or illness. My contract clearly specifies what will happen if I can no longer fulfil my duty. It’s never happened that I’ve had to cancel a contract, but the reality is, unforeseen things happen, so it’s important that you feel reassured that I won’t let you down. In short, I always have an experienced planner with me on a wedding day. She is fully briefed on your wedding day’s logistics and requirements; should the need arise, she will have all the required information to step in in my absence with the cooperation of 1+ assistants (exact number to be determined according to the number of guests).

WHY DO YOU CHARGE A PERCENTAGE OF MY WEDDING BUDGET?

For several reasons. To start with, because it’s impossible to quantify the number of hours we work on a wedding. A set fee may be completely inadequate or in some cases excessive. Basing my fee of your budget means that you have complete transparency and that you won’t be paying more than needed (because lets be honest, if I had to charge a set fee, I would have to add a buffer just in case the scope of work changes). A lot of my colleagues also charge a percentage of your budget, which means it is a lot easier for you to compare our services on a like for like basis.

WHY DO YOU CHARGE SO MUCH?

The average wedding takes 200+ hours to charge. Now, if you took my minimum fee and divided it by 200, you’ll see that the hourly rate is considerably discounted from my actual hourly rate for ad hoc services. But here is the thing – I run a small business, not a hobby; which means I have to pay tax as well as cover my business expenses, such as public liability insurance, my membership to an association that through a thorough vetting system qualifies me as one of the most professional weddings planners in the U.K., running a physical office, and so on. Suddenly you can see how my net hourly rate on my minimum fee is considerably smaller than what any other consultant in any industry charges. There is one more reason why my fees are at the level they currently are. Please jump to the COMMISSIONS question.

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ELOPEMENTS

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COMMERICAL STYLING

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DESTINATIONS

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ITEM TWO

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