Your new best friend could be a Wedding Planner
Many wedding and event venues these days are blank canvas spaces that provide lots of flexibility and the scope to create whatever look and feel you desire. A Wedding Planner helps select and lock-in all of the different suppliers, including the venue, photographer, celebrant, band, caterer, etc and co-ordinates all of the logistics on the day, with careful consideration of all of the practical things like council permits, generators, rubbish removal and wet weather options. They bring your vision to life and make sure everything comes together perfectly for your ceremony and reception.
It can sometimes be hard to know where the line is between a Wedding Stylist, Wedding Planner and Wedding Florist. Danielle Steele of Wild Heart Events can incorporate all of these services into one: wedding styling, wedding planning, on the day assistance, and floral design and prop hire, overseeing the entire process and event, from start to finish, taking care of any wedding-related queries or stress, creating run sheets and schedules and being the main point of contact for all your wedding vendors so you can relax and enjoy your day.
Whether you need a Wedding Planner or not really depends on how hands-on and DIY-inclined you are. It also depends on whether you want to spend the days leading up to and the morning of your wedding setting up, or relaxing and enjoying this time with your family and friends. Many venues do not pack-down at the end of an event, so unless you fancy you (or your guests) taking down decorations and removing rubbish, it’s easier to outsource. Some couples decide to handle everything themselves to save money, but often they underestimate the time, effort and logistics involved in executing a wedding.
How does it work?
Coming up with the ideas and concepts for an event is just one part of a Wedding Planner’s role. “Initial Consultations are usually 1.5 hours+ and involve couples downloading all of their ideas so far (this is why we all love Pinterest!). This helps us get to know each other and gives me a really good feel for what you envision for your wedding,” says Danielle.
“There are hours of planning preceding the event, including essential site visits, and some set-ups can take the team several days to execute. Every little detail, including your budget – from the moment you and your guests arrive at the venue to the time everyone leaves – is considered and executed seamlessly.”
What about flowers and props?
“Flowers and styling work hand in hand with each other, so by handling both of these, we can make sure everything is cohesive and the theming is spot on. We can take care of all the flower and foliage elements for your wedding. From bouquets and buttonholes, right through to table arrangements, garlands, arbour & backdrop styling or elaborate hanging installations.”
Wild Heart Events also have an extensive range of props available for hire, including a beautiful new Boho Collection. They have a network of fabulous local suppliers to source extra items and services that are needed. This can save hours of trawling the internet and driving around town trying to source things yourself.
How early do you need to start planning?
“We have been engaged by a number of clients who realise a couple of months (and once only weeks!) before their wedding that there was a lot more involved than they initially thought. But it’s great to start early and have time to explore all the options and enjoy the process.”
Hire a Wedding Planner if you:
are stuck for design ideas or inspiration or are not sure where to start
have too many ideas and styles you like, and you are having trouble making these work together
want to see your vision come to life
have a difficult venue or location to set-up and style
have a short bump-in and out time at your venue
don’t want the stress of doing it yourself
don’t want to burden your family and friends
want to be prepared for potential disasters – like rain
don’t want to pack up after your event
want to relax and enjoy the lead-up to your wedding or event
Meet Danielle Steele from Wild Heart Events
Wild Heart Events is a boutique design studio, specialising in weddings and other special events throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria.
They are based in the Dandenong Ranges in leafy Selby, founded and run by Creative Director Danielle Steele, who has a background in advertising and interior design and a life-long love of art, design, colour and creating beautiful things, and all things botanical.