You are not alone! Ninety percent of couples at the X‑day planning stage are puzzled by the question: is it worth contacting a wedding agency? After all, you really want an unusual holiday, warm memories and the delight of friends and girlfriends. Let’s try to figure out how experts help, and isn’t it time to master the skills organizing your own wedding.
Services of a wedding agency or a few words about “how good it is with them and bad without them”
Get ready for the fact that when you meet with representatives of the wedding agency, you will be bombarded with a stream of information about how incredibly difficult it is to prepare for the holiday, take into account all the nuances, wreck force majeure and find contractors. Keep a sober mind! Yes, and they will immediately reassure you, informing you about the benefits and privileges of cooperation with specialists whose experience in organizing weddings will provide you with complete peace of mind.
So, wedding agencies:
- completely take over the organization of the holiday, while the bride and groom enjoy the anticipation of the long-awaited event;
- work only with trusted contractors and specialists;
- solve all problems at the preparation stage;
- guarantee the absence “jambs” at a wedding;
- knock out amazing discounts for you;
- never go beyond the agreed budget. Never!
The cost of such a service will cost a symbolic 10–15% of the total wedding costs. It sounds good if you imagine that you don’t have to fuss and worry, but only arrive on the wedding day at the appointed place and enjoy the finished result. But you are already old enough to naively believe fairy tales?
How wedding agencies work: “kitchen inside”
Organizing everyone and everything
As a rule, preparation for the wedding begins with the choice of wedding specialists and the venue for the banquet. Did you know that a wedding celebration can be held in a cozy, family restaurant, and on the roof of a high-rise, and in art space. No furniture – it can be rented, no kitchen – catering at your service. But not all wedding agencies are interested in original locations. First, it simply complicates their work. It is much easier to take you to one of the popular restaurants in the city, to offer a menu that has been tested on dozens of other couples. Secondly, each agency has 5–6 institutions with which they cooperate, and not beyond “Thanks”. Therefore, it is not financially profitable for them to look for alternative places. And if you and your fiancé hint at a cheaper restaurant, you will immediately be told horror stories about dirty tablecloths, tasteless dishes and clumsy waiters. We are ready to argue: in small establishments there are not only pleasant prices, but also a reverent attitude and sincere smiles.
What about contractors? When choosing a team of wedding specialists, remember: you should be comfortable with these people. Whether it’s a photographer or a stylist, emotional contact and mutual understanding are very important. Work with someone you see for the first time in your life, and even on such an exciting day as a wedding – idea is not the best. Conclusion: even if the agency offers its own specialists, you does not matter it is worth carefully studying each portfolio and personally meeting with candidates. Consider the nuance that wedding agencies sin by changing wedding specialists without notifying the newlyweds. After all, their main goal – provide you with contractors.
Whatever you take on: a dress, a hairstyle, a menu, decorations, a cake — all this will require your participation with your loved one and making responsible decisions. One way or another, you will immerse yourself in each stage of preparation with your head. But you still have to pay 10–15% of the wedding budget!
If you have the patience to google real reviews of brides about wedding agencies, you will know that there is no coming rain, no relatives with special needs, no clear to the time day, no one will take care of the compliance of the real picture with the declared estimate, except for yourself. And if your organizer takes up the solution of such problems, then after repeated reminders.
Tale of trusted contractors
To begin with, answer the question: on what basis do you choose wedding specialists, say, a photographer? Most likely, the main selection criterion will be the quality of work and the cost of services. That is, the ordinary desire to get beautiful photos at a reasonable price. It’s just hard to find an agency that puts your desires above their own goals. They cannot provide everyone with good photographers at a “sweet” price! Therefore, the following situation may arise: you will be shown the work of the best pro, and the specialist who will be free will come to order. And believe me, they will not hesitate to charge you exorbitant prices for the work of an amateur.
In favor of unscrupulous companies is the fact that a wedding is an event that happens once in a lifetime. Accordingly, it is not necessary to lure the client so that he returns again. And claims, as a rule, arise against specific specialists, and not the agencies themselves.
Everything will go like “by oil”
The perfect weddings “A” to “I” everything goes according to the planned scenario, a rarity. But you don’t need to get upset! Another thing is that wedding agencies are very fond of brandishing a plan timing under their noses, declaring that their program is flawless, like an expensive Swiss watch.
In fact, we have seen situations more than once when the organizers frankly “spit on the ceiling, ”while the parents of the newlyweds are courting the guests, explaining what’s what. As a result, there are hesitations and a failure according to the script. It’s good if an experienced sensible host turns out to be at the wedding, who will not allow serious “uncomfortable” pauses in the program. Otherwise, who is to blame? Agencies that have more than promised, or gullible bride and groom who believe in yet another myth of conscientious work?
Mythical budget framework or how wedding agencies earn
The reality is that the more services you order, the more they will earn. Do not forget about the percentage of contractors, in other words, kickbacks. Therefore, most likely, those services in which you do not need or for which you did not initially counted. As a result, you will overpay another 15–20% of the budget.
They will tell you that it is fashionable, original, sincere, but in reality they will offer what dozens of couples have already had before you. Remember what’s really cool “chips” for your wedding, only you can come up with! This holiday is for you the only oneand for the agency — the hundredth or thousandth.
So, alas, most wedding agencies are pure business. The scheme is as old as the world: we find the contractor cheaper, and sell to the client at a higher price. The difference is net income.
Wedding agencies of the new generation
Despite the fact that our guideline is the independent organization of weddings without the help of agencies, we cannot remain silent about the fact that companies that are close to the European ideal are gradually appearing in Ukraine. There are still very few of them, but this trend is undoubtedly pleasing! Enthusiast wedding agencies and creative of people. They love what they do and fight for the pleasant emotions of their customers. And you can recognize them by the following signs:
- fixed cost of services, without any “kickbacks” and additional interest;
- self-implemented projects that break the generally accepted patterns and stereotypes;
- limited number of organized weddings per year. As a rule, 10–15.
These agencies employ a small number of people, each of whom is a true professional. In most cases, only one order corresponds to one date. This allows for large-scale preparation and 100% fulfillment of the holiday.
How many such companies will appear in the future and whether they will be able to maintain their reputation, time will tell. Our task – warn you about something else: be careful not to fall into the hands of unprofessional and unscrupulous organizers who promise “golden mountains.
Do you want the wedding of your dreams? Do it yourself!
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We will only briefly talk about three points that definitely deserve attention.
Convenient access to the best specialists in your city and throughout Ukraine
Use our Catalog, create your Wedding Tenders and don’t forget about the Discounts section! This will help you collect on favorable terms mega a cool team of like-minded and creative people. Collaborate only with those who are pleasant to you as a person and impressive as a professional. After all, as we already wrote, your team – this is the foundation of a chic holiday. You may have unique ideas on how to decorate a banquet hall and in what way to appear in front of your loved one on the day creation your family. But ideas will remain dreams if you don’t find specialists eager to realize your plans.
Step by step instructions for the bride
What confuses every girl in the status of a bride? Of course, my own inexperience. Wedding agencies are also speculating on this, convincing everyone around that only knowledge in the matter of pre-wedding preparation is a guarantee of a great result. Allegedly, there is no knowledge and experience — do not take it. But Chanfashion has both knowledge and experience. We share it with you in a rational, accessible and beautiful way. Our Bridal Planner is a modern, advanced alternative to the traditional bridal diary. Now you know what to do.
In your profile, you will find cool tools that will help you not forget anything and plan everything in a timely manner:
Bride’s to-do list (step-by-step preparation instructions)
Wedding budget (convenient calculation of upcoming expenses)
Detailed wedding day plan
Comprehensive information on how to make a bright, individual and memorable wedding! A sea of inspiring photos that will fill you with energy and great mood. And, of course, tips on how to choose the style of the holiday, make an original decor, create an impeccable image and much, much more.
Believe in yourself, hear the wishes of your beloved man and make the holiday that you have long dreamed of. And you don’t need any agency. And the money saved will be doubly pleasant to spend on post-wedding shopping or on your honeymoon!