Firstly, we should explain that we are not Wedding Planners as such – we don’t arrange any element for the day, nor do we recommend specifics or charge for our service. What Weddingsday does is to provide everything that couples need under one roof to help plan and organise their own wedding. We have over 1000 pages of information and ideas, a whole suite of planning tools, a huge directory of venues and services and a whole lot more – all of this is 100% free.
Nonetheless, we will try to steer you in the right direction and help answer your questions.
OK, first of all Wedding Planners.
Wedding Planners can arrange absolutely every element of the day, from the stationery to the photographer and everything in between - in fact they can pretty much do evertything for you if you want. In terms of a fee that they charge, these guys and girls will either work for free, charge a fixed fee up front, or bill you at a percentage of the total cost. This largely depends on what you want and how quickly you want it.
We do have an article on wedding planners (click here to view) on the site that elaborates a little on what we’ve explained above should you wish to read it.
OK, with regards a venue, as we mentioned earlier we try to be independent and don’t recommend specifics – but we can point you in the direction of our a number of articles on the site which explain what it is you should look for when selecting a venues for your Service (click here to view), and for your Reception (click here to view). Once you’ve read them, a good bet is to take a look at our Directory - we have virtually all the UK wedding venues listed on the site so you can browse to your hearts content to find the one that’s right for you.
Now down to cost for the overall day. Our How Much Will It Cost? article breaks down the average wedding cost of £18,500 (we hope you’re sitting down when you read that!) by each and every element. So the Service will cost around £500, the reception around £5000, photography around £900, transport around £500, flowers around £700 etc, etc. We also have sections on each of these topics that outlines in depth what you should think about, what your options are, and how to make the final decisions. We also have a really useful Wedding Budgeter tool in the MyWeddingsday section of the site (you’ll need to register to access this – but don’t worry it’s free and only takes a few moments) which, should you decide to do thinks yourselves, then you’ll find it an invaluable tool.
Hope this all helps.