Wedding Planners.. Who would need one? Why would you want one? Who could afford one? And what do they actually do? We hear these statements often enough from both sides of the Wedding industry – those that are newly engaged, fellow suppliers and more often enough our parents, family and friends, who didn’t require these industry professionals when they married. will&jac are eager to dispel the methods and legends associated with our field of expertise and allow you to enter the (often not so glamorous) world of Wedding Planners.
Wedding Planners or as we prefer to reference ourselves – Wedding Project Managers – should really be reclassified under the ‘Fairy Godmother’ section of the Wedding directory. Having been born from our international friends in the United States of America, China, India and Europe, with Australians are still becoming familiar with the title and how the role is executed.
A Wedding Day is a momentous occasion and in a nation where we have just welcomed the ability for everyone’s love to be celebrated, it is one that requires detailed attention to all aspects. It is a celebration that brings with it the togetherness of families, friends, emotions, finances and a willingness to ‘please’ – with all of these combining to what our couple’s wish to offer as a Day reflecting their individual love stories.
While it’s great to dream big for your Day – we welcome this by the bucket load – they often come with an even greater to-do list. Even couple’s who wish to honour their Day by making it a more intimate, relaxed and DIY occasion, are quick to learn that they require potentially even more detailed discussions with suppliers and family to ensure that the apparently fuss-free and effortless elements actually happen.
Naturally after becoming engaged, couple’s are unsure where to start. This is understandable as they are not familiar with the world of Weddings therefore an opportunity to speak and elaborate on your ideas with us – who have seen all visions turn into reality – is an exciting opportunity to ensure that their requirements meet their price point. We have worked with varied budgets and believe that all Weddings can achieve your required wishes, as long as there is a willingness to understand that your ‘want’ of one particular element, may mean the sacrificing of another.
Weddings where couple’s have completed the initial ground work to select their preferred teams but then require more guidance with timelines, set up requirements, logistical detailings and actual placement of these teams to turn from a vision into reality, is often where we step in. It takes years of events knowledge to put it all together into what we call our working event order for the Day – a runsheet that continues to take shape from your very initial supplier booking.
Private Property or Marquee Weddings are one of our favourite ways to put a couple’s stamp on their Day. Building a venue from the ground up would give most people sleepless nights but for us, it allows our Project Management skills to really get down to the nitty gritty.
In the scheme of things, property celebrations especially at a family home are a truly personalised touch to your Day and make for a unforgettable backdrop to honour your relationship. However, it means lots of ground work for the families and let us tell you, friends and family want to enjoy your Wedding Day just as much as you and therefore they don’t want the added pressure of taking the endless phone calls that come with multiple suppliers invading their home. They don’t want to know the in’s and out’s of a generator, if the hired bathrooms are in the right spot or if the food is being served at the right times – but guess who do, us! That’s when you get to shift the focus off your nearest and dearest and enlist the assistance of experts who give any every inch about all of your details. The unexpected almost always happens, but with us, you have a Plan B and C, so that even if the unavoidable takes place, you will never know.
Families often consider that investment in services such as ours as unnecessary, but we are there every step of the way with your midnight phone calls, multiple daily emails and finalisation of all your supplier requirements – it’s often not until the Day has passed that you realise what this dynamic duo are actually capable of. We start our Day before you’ve woken and we are there well after you’ve bid farewell to your guest’s and are at your accommodation. We wouldn’t have it any other way, as this peace of mind that we’ve overseen every detail, is why we are in this industry we love – Weddings.
With will&jac, we are your counsellors, accountants, logistic managers, psychologists, comedians and general dogsbody. Occasionally we also dabble in horticulture, Bridal alterations, transportation planners, mind readers, security and community services – the list goes on. So next time we mention our employment title, we hope these words spring to mind. It’s certainly not as glamorous or easy as you may think! We want our services to speak for themselves and that one day, your fortunate self, partner, friend, family member or relative is able to enjoy a once in a lifetime occasion with will&jac by their side – they will be in the most manageable and supportive of hands, with lots of laughter along the way.