A Wedding Planner’s Advice for Planning the Perfect Wedding

So, a bit of a different post today, but one I am so excited to share with you all! Recently I was contacted by the lovely James of who put me in touch with a wedding planner. The wedding planner, Elaine, agreed to do an interview for my blog answering questions on the ‘perfect wedding’. So, without further-a-do, let’s get on to the interview…
Key:       Me     Elaine
Hi there! Thank you so much for agreeing to work on this post with me. I’m beginning to plan my wedding at the end of the year so, if it’s ok with you, I would like to ask you a few questions about planning the ‘perfect wedding’.
First of all, could you please introduce yourself?
My name is Elaine Ryan and I am the Wedding Coordinator for Clayton Hotel Limerick for the last 5 years.
Perfect! Let’s get on with the questions..
Do you think there’s such thing as the ‘perfect’ wedding?
Perfection is hard to put into words however perfection is also seen from the eyes of the bride and groom you are working with and their idea of perfect if different to the next bride and groom too – we strive for perfection each and every time.
That’s great that all of your weddings are so personalised! When do you think is the best time of year for a wedding? Does the time of year matter?
The time of the year does not matter. In Ireland we can’t predict weather etc. Its what the couple wants. Spring and Winter we love with our twinkly city lights shining through our floor to ceiling windows.
That does sound amazing, I love twinkly lights! Do you prefer themed weddings or more relaxed ones?
This depends on the couples vision for their big day. We love a challenge!
Ooh that’s good to know! Do you think outdoor weddings are a good idea?
Abroad yes – in Ireland a little tricky and one must always have a bag up plan and a back up generator!
Yes, that is a good point! How many guests would you say is a good amount?
This is completely up to the happy couple – there is no such thing as a good amount, it’s  your day so have as many and as less as you want.
Fair enough! Finally, what are your 5 top tips for planning the perfect wedding?

  1. Delegation is key! Don’t be afraid as the bride or groom to assign people tasks
  2. Plan ahead and keep a schedule to keep you on track
  3. Remember, it will all fall into place so try not to stress
  4. Book Clayton Hotel Limerick J (haha!)
  5. Finally – remember to enjoy the lead up to your big day so that you can look back at the experience and smile

They’re all great points, and I’ll definitely keep them in mind when I start planning! Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview today, you’ve given me some brilliant answers!
That’s the end of today’s post. If you like the venue Elaine was describing, you can visit them HERE.
Thank you so much for reading, and let me know your idea of the ‘perfect wedding’ in the comments!
H x

2 thoughts on “A Wedding Planner’s Advice for Planning the Perfect Wedding

  1. A super interesting post, Hayley! And something that I’m sure is very relevant to people planning weddings such as yourself! I definitely agree that the “perfect wedding” is entirely subjective and different for different people! For me, for example, a big traditional white wedding would be my idea of hell! I don’t even want to walk down the aisle as I would feel very uncomfortable with everyone’s eyes on me! To be honest, I would rather elope with my significant other rather than have a big wedding! However, I can understand why the traditional wedding would appeal to people and I love attending weddings like that, I just wouldn’t want one for myself! I can’t wait to see how your wedding plans unfold!
    Abbey 😘

    1. I agree with you here, I don’t really want a huge wedding so me and Z are thinking of going somewhere else to marry so we can take a few close family and friends. Just seems much more personal to me and I get embarrassed so easily that I’m exactly the same 😂 X

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