Most couples simply have no notion of how much
time is involved in creating all of those beautiful,
(like… so, so much time…)That’s why wedding planners and florists and stylists and stationers can seem so expensive. It’s not because we’re jerks, or because we’re rolling around in piles of money, sipping champagne and laughing at you.
It’s simply because it all takes So. Much. Time.
So much time that, chances are, you just don’t have to spare.
The truth is that destination wedding weekends are quite full-on, even for those couples who have left absolutely everything to the pros, and haven’t stacked themselves up with a massive to-do list of projects on arrival. From the moment you arrive in France, literally everyone is going to either need or want your time and attention – from clarifying final details with your planner, venue, and other suppliers, to your very darling and well-meaning friends and family who want to know:
“Where should I put…?
“Where can I find…”
“How do you want…?”
Don’t get us wrong – we’re all for involving your loved ones in the set up of all those thoughtful DIY details! Both can really infuse your day with personality and meaning and make your nearest and dearest feel important and invested in your day. But your friends and family will also be on holiday – and there’s a limit to what you can or should expect of them. They may genuinely want to help, but mostly they’ll hang a single string of fairy lights and then wander off for a beer or glass of rosé, never to be seen again…)
Furthermore if you’re not naturally the crafty/DIY type, your wedding probably isn’t the moment to try to become so. And If you are naturally creative/crafty, we’d also bet you have a bit of a tendency to sometimes take on too much? And maybe you occasionally drag your loved ones into that too*?
So we would suggest examining why you’re tempted to DIY or turn your wedding party into indentured servants: Is it because you think it will save you money? Or because you genuinely want to create something personal or to involve your loved ones in bringing your perfect wedding day to life?
If you’ve any doubt whether it might be too much,
please enlist us to help you!
It’s simply not worth feeling exhausted and burnt out on your wedding day to save a few euros! Weddings are a massive investment. And we can’t imagine anything sadder than looking back and feeling regret that you or your friends & family didn’t get to enjoy it properly because you were overwhelmed by your overly-ambitious to-do list.
Of course, that’s not to say that everyone needs a stylist – if you’re quite happy with very simple wedding décor and keen to get stuck in with friends and family – go for it!
But what most people *think* looks quick & easy in theory, usually just isn’t in practice.
(Did we mention it all takes a lot of time?!?!)
A designer or stylist will also help you ensure you get the absolute maximum possible from your décor budget – by focusing the bigger spends on high-impact moments/areas, avoiding pitfalls of overspending where no one will notice, and suggesting creative ways to make your décor multi-task for maximum effect. In short, a good designer/stylist will help you get the most bang for your buck! (And in our case, we have a massive décor collection available to our design/styling clients at either no charge or deeply discounted rates – which can save you a huge chunk of budget!)
And finally, working with a stylist is just infinitely more rewarding and loads more fun than going it alone. We can’t count the number of clients who have said to us: “It’s sooooo great to have someone who is really ready to dig into these sorts of details with me!” We’ve been told that even fiancés, Mums, M.O.H’s or planners haven’t been as keen to discuss every. last. detail as we will be. And on top of that, we’ll take all of your lovely semi-formed ideas and turn them into magic.
And here’s one last little secret:
All of our brilliant ideas? Your guests are going to think you’re terribly clever for having come up with them all on your own.
And we wouldn’t have it any other way.