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Getting the best from your wedding planner

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Top London venue BMA House has its very own in-house wedding planner 
Rebecca Hurley to guide couples through organising one of the most important days of their lives. Here, Rebecca shares her tips on how to make the most out of your wedding planner’s time before and during the big day to achieve the wedding of your dreams. 

Appointing a wedding planner will be one of the first things you decide to do after you say ‘I do’. We all know that they help manage everything about your big day; from timelines and budgets to suppliers and tableware, but they do much more than that. Wedding planner at BMA House, Rebecca Hurley, lends her expert advice on to use your wedding co-ordinator to best effect.

Do you need a wedding planner?

When you first go hunting for a wedding venue the first question you should ask is do they have an in-house wedding planner? Some venues will offer one at no extra cost so you won’t need to hire one yourself. At BMA House a dedicated in-house planning team comes with the package and are on hand to discuss and advise on your wedding plans building a relationship with you from the very start to the moment your carriages whisk you away!

Planners are not psychic

Before meeting a wedding planner it’s essential that you list your priorities. Allocate time to sit down with your other half and figure out what you both want from your big day. Everyone’s priorities are different so get this right from the start as this will help you make the most out of your wedding planner’s time.

Saving you money

A good wedding planner will have lots of tips and hints to help you keep down your costs. “I know exactly how to get the best out of BMA House and where and when you can save money by using the luxury furniture and wedding decorations we already have in-house,” says Rebecca. “For example our in-house team of AV specialists are fantastic at arranging our sound and mood lighting to create just the right effects to compliment any colour scheme or theme.”

DIY? Don’t overdo it

It can be tempting to give your wedding that personal touch, perhaps by arranging the bouquets yourself or asking a relative to tackle the catering. And it certainly doesn’t hurt budget-wise. Leave some of it to your planner. Taking the DIY route can often become stressful and the last thing you need is to be fiddling with flower arrangements on the morning of your wedding.

Moral support for the bridal party

The one downside to a wedding is that it only happens once. Thank goodness I hear you say! This can put immense pressure on everyone and with all the emotion and excitement on the day of your wedding, it is likely for the groom or best man feel slightly nervous. A wedding planner is also there to help guide everyone on where best to stand, which way to direct guests and where the confetti is kept. All of those niggly little details that can often get overlooked. This will take the pressure off you making the whole day run more smoothly.

A helping hand at the end of the day

Not just for planning, a good wedding planner will be there from start to finish to see the entire day unfold. “I’ve even been invited onto the dancefloor for one of my weddings!” reveals Rebecca. “When the party is over, we are there to assist, ensuring your treasured weddings gifts and cards are stored safely for you to collect the following day. Your memories are safe with us.”

If you build a good relationship with your planner from the start they will understand you and your expectations better. A wedding planner is for life not just for weddings!

To meet Rebecca or a member of the wedding planning team at BMA House visit the venue at their Wedding Fair on Sunday 29 March 2015 from 12 noon, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP

Admission is free, register for this event here.

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