Why hire a Planner? I can do it

‘I’ll just do it myself’, and of course you could, you know what you want and you are more than capable of putting together a wedding, party or other celebration. With Google, Supplier directories, ready made tick lists and self help for you to do it yourself.

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But, given the choice, if you could explain your vision, get on with your day and allow someone else to do the leg work for you – wouldn’t you?

You are far from exiled from the planning, you are paying for more time, more hands, budget keeping and professionalism. For weddings in particular – You attend those SO exciting update meetings, food and cake tastings, fittings and appointments without the hassle of trying to organise them. You are allowing someone to source the correct, industry tried and tested suppliers. You are paying to ensure that your day does not cause you unnecessary stress. You are paying for one point of contact for all suppliers. You are paying for peace of mind.

When thinking of planning what aspects fill you with dread? Getting quotes and availability for caterers, venues, entertainment, and flowers. Or finding the right costume supplier? Props and decor?

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Planning a wedding is one of the most stressful times, others include moving house, buying your first home, planning and adjusting to a new addition to your family. Some things you can’t de-stress, but your event isn’t one of them.

You might have family helping, making, sourcing and feeding your guests. That’s great. It keeps costs down, and family being involved is really nice. Unfortunately it also can cause unwanted aggravation and worry that wasn’t intended. You can of course still involve your family, they can add their little surprises and check with your planner whether its a good idea or not, and you can tweak things via your planner so that you dont offend your, well meaning, family and friends.

At Liliana Fae Events, we source the best suppliers at the best possible price. Our aim is to keep you in budget, advise on how best to utilise your budget to gain the most from your event. Our company mission is keeping your budget down without compromising on quality. This means that paying for a Planner you would get the event you want, less work, less stress and at the approximate same cost as if you were to do it alone. Planners can take on small projects or full on event planning and management. Planners are available to simply manage your day and liaise with your own suppliers to ensure smooth running on the day.


Event Planners do not have full control or final say of your event, they do not remove you from the planning process. They just make it easier and cost effective. Contact today for more information or to book in for a half hour free consultation with Liliana Fae Events.




So it begins – Executed Wedding Day Success!

Wedding Specification:

Budget of £6000

Main wishes for budget to be spent on – Catering and Ceremony, and the rest as follows:

  • Church ceremony in childhood location, a few selected hymns, and short readings, Bells, and a small Choir
  • Photographer to capture from Beginning through to the Evening festivities
  • Order Of Service designed, created and sent for printing
  • Jaguar Wedding Car with Ribbons
  • Red, White and Black Colours – Bridal Party, Groomsmen, Decor, Cake and Tables
  • Limited Floral arrangements, only small artificial bouquets made by the bride and the buttonholes ordered in.
  • Large function room with attached and secure outside area preferred
  • Reception Drinks on the Large Patio leading off of the function room consisting of Bucks Fizz or Orange Juice
  • Couples favorite Movies and wedding colour themed Tables and Seating Plan

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  • Movie themed background music playlist during the Wedding Breakfast – put together and arranged together
  • Fully laden 3 Meat Carvery Feast with all the trimmings for 60 Guests
  • Individual Chocolate cupcakes with red icing and black sugar balls
  • Speeches, Cutting of the cake, First Dance
  • Followed by Dancing until Late under Disco lighting and a luxury Evening Buffet for 150
  • Accommodation for travelling guests, plus Additional nights at the Hotel for the Bride and Groom, arrangement of cases to and from
  • Late Night Bar


How did it pan out?

Considering that the wedding was pulled forward by 3 months due to some unforeseen change in Church renovation work dates, we managed to make changes, change suppliers, get our hands dirty and alter some wishes so the wedding was a complete success and we came in within Budget – Just!


Here’s how:

( Please note: The costs shown are approximate, do not reflect current prices and the savings shown are based on the lowest quotes received by us at the time, this should not be used as a costing basis for your own event )

  1. Church Ceremony  – £700 – inclusive of Legalities, Documentation, Banns, Bells, Rehearsal, Service itself and Choir.
  2. Catering, reception venue, and drinks Package– £2700
  3. Bride and Groom accommodation– £400
  4. Formal Hire wear – £900
Yes, this is the Groom, not a brochure image

5. Wedding Car £250


6. Bridesmaids Dresses, shrugs and accessories £250 (individually sourced so cost saving of £250)


7. Cake – Gifted (cost saved approx £300)

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8. Photographer – Gifted (cost saved approx £950)

9. DJ – Gifted (cost saved £450)

10. Hair and Makeup – Gifted (cost saved approx £300)

(Hair; Heidi Janes. Makeup; Makeup by Lorna.)


11. Dessert cupcakes – Gifted (cost saved £50)

12. Brides Gown – £300 basic dress fully customized and altered by bride (cost saved as per original boutique booked dress of £1000)

13. Chair Covers, table cloths and Sashes £150 – dropped and collected service, room dressed by Liliana Fae Events (cost saved £100)


14 – 26. Order of Service, Invitations, Post Box, Garlands, Photo boards, Table centerpieces, table plan, place cards, Table names, Favours, Flowers for bridal party, button holes, Brides accessories,  – Either DIY by Bridal Party, Family, Liliana Fae Events, or sourced via auctions sites, and sales.   Approx cost of these pieces £300 (overall cost saving of approx £300)


27. Brides Shoes £50 (Debenhams Bridal sale so a cost saving of £50)

Final Costed in at just under – £6000!

The cost of this wedding, had it all been sourced, and quotes given by suppliers used fully, would have been around £9750 and so an overall saving of £3,750.00

With a little bit of thinking outside of the box, focusing on your main features and asking for help from those who can – you really can stick to budget.

Pretty Perfectly Perfect
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Flower Girl Baskets sourced and made up by Liliana Fae Events

Suppliers used:

Heidi Janes Hair, Makeup by Lorna, Holiday Inn Group, Geronimo Disco, Cupcakes by the Maid of Honour, Cake by Mother of the bride,  Brides Gown sourced and then altered by Bride, Photography By Ray Photographer, First Look Fashions, Shimmer Bridal, Hobbycraft, Diamond Chair Covers, Piece of Cake, Special Day Cars, Travelodge.

Liliana Fae – Flower assistance, Seating Plan, Ceremony and Reception arrangements and co-ordination, decoration of venue, Co-ordination of invitations, Table’ Names’ movie themed, sourced goods and services, arranged fittings and meetings, Arranged on the day co-ordination, arrival and departure of guests, Room allocation assistance.