I’m engaged! Where do I start?
The best place to start is: budget. Sit down with your partner, families (if applicable), and figure out how much everyone is willing to contribute to your special day. This number will affect every decision and purchase you make, so be sure to work out your budget before you start making any plans.
Yes, it can be an uncomfortable conversation, but it is better to get it out of the way at the very beginning. The next appropriate steps would be: setting a date, selecting a venue, and thinking about how many guests you can realistically invite to your big day; having incorporated your budget, date, and preferred venue.
What’s a reasonable budget for a wedding?
How long is a piece of string? While the "average" cost of a wedding in New Zealand and Australia is commonly sited as $35,000, this figure can be misleading. The “average” cost of a wedding in the USA is NZD$57,000, and in the UK NZD$66,000. But remember that averages don’t tell the whole story.
Experts point out that they can easily be skewed. For example, "one $1 million wedding can bring up the average of thousands of $10,000 weddings." So treat this data as a benchmark, not an expectation. How each couple will spend their budget is also a very personal choice.
Who needs a wedding planner?
When you’re a super-busy couple with demanding jobs and or everyday commitments, finding the time to organise your dream wedding can be borderline, Mission: Impossible. Planning a wedding can take over 500 hours, hundreds of emails, late night research and expert industry insights.
That is why a lot of couples find immense relief through hiring a professional wedding planner who can help prepare the entire event, from the announcement to the honeymoon, so you get to enjoy your special day stress-free.
What are the benefits to hiring a wedding planner?
Wedding Planners are not just for the rich and famous, who will spend more on their flower arrangements than the rest of us will pay for an entire wedding. In fact, wedding planners are super accessible, affordable, and will most likely turn out to be one of the best investments you make for your wedding day.
There are so many benefits of hiring a wedding planner that goes way above and beyond simply enlisting help to connect all of the dots to create your perfect wedding day – some you may not have thought about.
12 reasons why you should hire a wedding planner:
+ They will help you stick to your budget.
+ You’ll get more bang for your buck.
+ They know who's hot, and who’s not.
+ They will dot the i's and the cross t's.
+ They are also design gurus.
+ They’ll transform the space for you.
+ They’ll bring your dreams to life.
+ They’ll find cool ways to blend cultures and religions.
+ They come up with creative alternatives.
+ It’s like having a non-judgemental friend, they’ll always hear you out.
+ They will be there for you on the day.
Professional wedding planners (that’s us!) are here to help you transform your special day into something extraordinary that you can cherish forever.
If I pick great vendors/suppliers, why do I need a wedding planner?
Choosing fantastic vendors is not the same as planning a fantastic wedding. It’s like cooking; having spectacular ingredients doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed a delicious meal. It’s all about the execution of the ingredients by the talented chef that brings it all together. Similarly, extraordinary weddings have vision behind them and it takes an expert wedding planner to pull all of the elements together and know how to masterfully orchestrate the day.
What types of weddings do you do?
We are flexible and deliver all sorts of weddings for all types of couples. From small and intimate to large and extraordinary, traditional weddings, civil weddings, religious weddings, destination weddings, to elopements, pop-up weddings also known as a “shot-gun” or “express” wedding, same-sex and LBGTQ weddings.
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Wedding She Wrote is your one-stop-shop for anaffordable dream wedding experience across New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. We have all the skills and connections to design an exclusive event package for any budget.
Too many weddings suffer from awful food, terrible music, diabolical DJs, poor organisation and… most importantly, stressed out brides. We decided something needs to be done – so we took action. We make the design and planning stage simple for our clients – because we know that 'simple’ isn’t necessarily easy!
We design unique wedding experiences for couples who appreciate custom details and are happy with their wedding being just a little outside the box.
Our high-value wedding planning services have been designed to include everything you want and need to ensure a seamless, stress-free, totally unforgettable wedding experience from engagement to marriage and honeymoon, anniversary to vow-renewal.
How long have you been planning wedding & events?
Wedding She Wrote was founded in 2011, after our Founder & Creative Director, Teuila Benioni, completed her studies in Creative Enterprise. We have over 10+ years experience in the wedding and events industry across New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
What additional types of events do you service?
While our main focus is designing, planning and delivering your big day; we specialise in unique once-in-a-lifetimes experiences, such as: marriage proposals, engagement parties, bridal showers, hens parties, stag dos, wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, honeymoons, wedding anniversary celebrations, and vow-renewals.
We are also frequently involved and experienced in the delivery of fashion shows, launch parties, corporate events, charity events, awards dinners, and expo shows.
How much involvement will you have when it comes to my wedding?
As little or as much as you want us to have! Our level of involvement depends on your custom wedding package you reserve, and your personal preferences. Some clients will have every detail planned out and are just looking for a wedding planner to execute their vision, and some clients want to sit back and let their wedding planner take care of everything for their wedding day. We work with clients at both ends of the spectrum (and anywhere in between) personalising our service to your needs.
How long do you need to plan a wedding?
We have successfully delivered custom wedding experiences for our clients in time frames of less than 1-week, in under 2-weeks, within 4-weeks, over the course of a few months, and up to 18-months in advance. Organised brides & grooms tend to start planning their upcoming nuptials 1-2 years ahead of time; preparedness is the key to success and victory.
Do you charge for an initial wedding consultation?
We offer a FREE, no-obligation, initial wedding consultation to our customers over the phone, video call, and in-person. Video call and in-person works best for us! This is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other and see if we’re a good fit to work together. Contact us, we would love to meet with you!
How do you charge?
[ Your Custom Wedding Package + Our Time = Total Investment ]
We charge an hourly rate for work completed on your upcoming nuptials. We use a timer app that allows us to clock in/out and creates accurate invoicing for our clients; invoices can be paid monthly and or in a lump sum.
As an alternative, we are happy to discuss a set fee for our time after we have scoped your project accordingly. A retainer fee of NZD$2,500 is required to secure our wedding planner services. A fee schedule will be tailored to your needs prior to signing a contract.
We accept Credit Card, Bank Deposit and PayPal. We make it easy for you to pay off your wedding dream without adding to your stress and the pressures of the day. For this purpose, we provide our clients with payment solution options as follows:
- Payment in full
- Split payment
- Weekly/fortnightly/monthly instalments
Will you be present on my wedding day?
Absolutely! If you have contracted our On-the-day Coordination services as apart of your custom wedding package, we will personally attend your event along with at least one or two assistants.
Our On-the-day Coordination ensures the management and direction of your event from set-up until pack-down. The coordination of your wedding party, guests, selected vendors and entertainment throughout the day/night; and providing suggestions to manage any emergencies or unforeseen circumstances throughout your experience. You can relax and enjoy your day knowing that we’ve got your best interests in mind.
How do you dress for my wedding?
For the most part, all wedding planners and assistants will wear professional black attire; unless discussed otherwise.
Will you eat/drink during the reception, and how comfortable will you make yourself?
We start early and we finish late, and we love it. We work away behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly and we don’t take a break until you do… And that’s where you come in. As much as we try to appear superhuman; we really need to eat when you, the bride and groom do. Meals during your reception are much appreciated. However, we are there to do a professional job and will absolutely not drink any alcohol or join your guests at the bar, or on the dance floor.
How many weddings or events will you coordinate per day?
As our client, your wedding day, is our main priority. Laser focus is important to us, and we will only deliver one wedding, per day, per wedding planner. Your dedicated coordinator will have no other weddings or events to distract them from delivering your dream wedding experience.
My venue already has an in-house wedding coordinator, why do I need a planner?
A venue coordinator works for the venue; their job is to answer your questions about the venue and assist you with your venue layout. They are someone you may contact if you need extra reassurance about the details of your wedding venue, however, their loyalty is to the venue. Their job does not include all the other details that go into planning your wedding.
A wedding planner, on the other hand, is involved from the very beginning of the planning process. Your wedding planner will handle each detail of your wedding from start to finish – everything from finding a venue and the appropriate suppliers to actually being there on your wedding day to make sure everything runs smoothly and as planned. Having a wedding planner reduces the natural stress of planning a wedding so that you can enjoy the entire process and have complete confidence that all the details are taken care of for you.
I’m planning a destination wedding. Will you travel?
Absolutely! We’ve worked with all sorts of destination brides. Although accommodation and travel fees are extra of course, our fundamental service fees remain the same. It would be a pleasure to travel for your day.
When is the best time to get married in New Zealand?
New Zealand’s summer months are from December to March. Our high season for weddings are between November and April. February is our busiest month annually.
April to June, outdoor flora and fauna begin to dry out, leaves start to fall, and wet weather starts to make an appearance.
June to August, is the best time for a winter wedding experience in New Zealand.
September to November, it’s still quite chilly, but spring has begun to rejuvenate flora and fauna; gardens and outdoor locations start to look lush and beautiful again.
When is the best time to get married in the Pacific Islands?
When it begins to get cold in New Zealand, during our low season from May to October.
It's always hot in the Pacific Islands with more tropical climates the closer you get to the equator. The wet season falls between November and April, when it’s humid and sticky. While the dry season from May through to October brings milder temperatures and clearer skies.
When choosing the best time to visit the Pacific Islands you’ll also need to bear in mind what you want to do there - whether that’s swimming with humpback whales in Tonga and Tahiti, snorkelling in the waters of Fiji and Niue, or avoiding the chock-a-block Antipodean school holiday season.