Why Hire a Wedding Planner?

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Your wedding is a very personal and special event but along with the excitement of planning an amazing celebration, it can feel quite daunting to consider the amount of organisation involved in putting together a memorable day for you and your guests.

Let’s face it, not all wedding planning tasks are fun, so let Kate Blundell and the Collective Concepts team take care of the less-exciting stuff so you can focus on the tasks that truly excite you. Along with a flair for the creative, we have the business acumen to help you keep track of the budget and negotiate the best deals with wedding vendors on your behalf. Even after you’ve confirmed your key vendors, there is still a great deal of liaising with venues and suppliers, including endless email exchanges throughout the planning period, to ensure that your wedding day is created and comes together in a way that is unique to you as a couple. Let Kate be the chief liaison so you just have the one point of contact, saving you time and ensuring a lot less stress.

We are experienced and knowledgeable about the Canterbury region, so we can give accurate advice on what venues and wedding vendors will best suit the style and budget of your wedding, and when it comes time to sourcing quotes for you to review, we know the right questions to ask from the outset, helping you to make the final decisions with confidence and ease.

Wedding planners are notoriously good budgeters, so along with saving you time and stress, we can even SAVE you money – through supplier connections, access to industry pricing, and even having a few tricks up our sleeve to carefully manage even the tightest of budgets. Having planned events and weddings for almost 20 years, Kate can spot when a quote is exorbitant and equally knows when a price is too low and quality is at risk.

Best of all, there are no hidden costs with Kate & Collective Concepts, all our services are discussed and agreed upon up front and are included in your wedding budget.

If a stress-free, romantic, and memorable (for all the right reasons) wedding is what you’re after, we’re here to help! Contact Kate to book your complimentary, obligation free consultation or visit our weddings planning page to find our more about our services.


Six reasons you should hire a wedding planner

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To many, the idea of hiring a wedding planner is expensive or even a luxury. Why let someone else take control over your big day for a fee, when you could easily do it yourself? While you’re going to be paying your wedding planner to oversee the planning, this is a great example of spending money to save money. That aside, the right planner can create a successful day that’s stress-free and memorable for all the right reasons.

1. A Wedding Planner can Help You Budget

Consider your wedding planner as a financial adviser who specialises in weddings. They know where the best discounts come from, they watch out for hidden charges or missed items, and they negotiate better deals on your behalf. A few discussions with them will even let them know which areas need prioritised spending, and which are available for savings.

2. They Make Planning a Wedding Fun

Have you ever watched reality TV programmes that feature neurotic bridezillas and stressed grooms? Contrary to popular belief, your wedding planner won’t block you out of the process altogether. Instead, they take care of the more stressful parts, which means planning a wedding becomes fun for you as a couple. Plus, you will always be in control of the decision making!

3. You can have a wedding without letting it take over your life

If you’re aiming for the perfect day, you’ll soon come to realise that planning a wedding can be an all-consuming occupation. From making sure everyone follows up their RSVP with dietary confirmations, to sourcing the best wedding vendor for every element of the day, wedding planning can eat into your me-time. Your wedding planner will act as a personal assistant who will take your ideas and make the magic happen.

4. You can Host a Wedding Out of Town

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If you’re planning a location wedding on the sunny shores of Fiji or maybe even Hawaii (or around New Zealand!), liaising with photographers, venues, and other wedding vendors can become a logistical nightmare. Rather than drive yourself crazy wondering if everything will be as perfect as you need it to be, you can hire a wedding planner in that location and let them do the work for you. You’re still in control of the main decisions, but they can give you confidence to support your decision making.

5. You Don’t Like Planning Things

While a lot of couples love the excitement of planning the perfect day, some just aren’t that into it. Guess what? That’s perfectly fine! You don’t have to spend months planning a great wedding to deserve one. Your wedding planner will still run those key financial decisions by you, but if you’re not into planning weddings then you can literally throw your ideas at them and they’ll take care of the rest.

6. You Need Some Inspiration

Planning a wedding is a creative process, and it’s one that can soon become frustrating. You might have great starting ideas, an excellent end vision, or nothing at all. Either way, knowing how to turn your expectations into reality can become frustrating. If you don’t want that to be the case, you can use an expert. Wedding planners have years of experience in turning dreams into reality and they’ll work hard to make sure the same happens for you.

Whether your wedding is big or small, it’s key to remember that a great wedding planner can help you save money while making the process stress-free. From beginning to end, they’ll be there to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.


Contact Kate, to book a consultation and get started on your wedding planning!

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