Kirst Bisset

To Hire a Wedding Planner or not to Hire a Wedding Planner
27 March 2015

It’s a question every couple asks when delving into the never-ending pit of planning that involves making life-changing decisions such as whether to go with single-stemmed flowers or not.

 Wedding Planning

Truth be told, I’m not the kind of girl who’s been thinking about her wedding day since she was five. Aspiring to marriage is a foreign concept to me. I didn’t dress my dolls up in veils or obsess over the perfect dress silhouette. Even when it came down to the decision Baz and I made years ago about spending the rest of our lives together, a wedding wasn’t on my radar. After all, a solid relationship is more important than a ring, right? 

The first thought I ever gave to this kinda party was about two days after getting engaged. People started asking about our theme. Theme? Does that mean telling people to dress up as their favourite cartoon character? 

We were clueless about costs, details and timelines, but confident that we could string something together in 11 months. I’m also one of the most organised people I know, so what on earth could be so tricky, right?

Let me tell you something, pals and gals… Life happens and it happens super fast. People aren’t kidding when they tell you how quickly your engagement flies by.

With both of our businesses exploding, we made the decision to get in touch with the lovely ladies at Labola. They’re based in Kloof in Durbs but organise weddings all over the country. I had to write this for them!

We met with Lindy and Robyn at their premises and immediately felt like we were in a fairytale. They’re extremely thorough, their collection of décor is remarkable, and you immediately find clarity in what you’re looking for. I also found out that bunting has nothing to do with Tim Noakes.

Our first concern was the costs involved as we’re having 130 people party with us in two weeks. I mean, wedding planners charge amounts that make you reconsider inviting a bulk of family, right? Nuh-uh, girlfriend. This is a very common misconception. We were so pleasantly surprised when we received their (super detailed) quote and found that we wouldn’t pay much more than if we had sourced suppliers ourselves *and cue the ‘time is money’ brigade*

The amount of detail that goes into a wedding is overwhelming.

Since then, we’ve worked seamlessly with Lindy and her team to bring Pinterest boards to life (again, something I only created a few months ago) and there’s been a perfect balance of their input and ours (Ours included Patron bottles. Duh.)


They have an insatiable appetite for client satisfaction and we were made to feel like we were the only two people in the world getting married. No request is too big or too small.

Here’s the thing. I would recommend a wedding planner no matter what your situation. Whether you’re busy or not, whether you have 3 months or 3 years to plan, whether you know exactly what you want or you’re, well, me, or whether you’re pedantic about the amount of petals on the table or not.

They are experts and know what to look out for. Sure, you can balance your books, but you’d rather hire someone to perfect them, right?

If you’re still unsure, let me ask you this: Do you want to be a guest at your own wedding? Yeah, thought so.

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