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We realize it can hard to know what its like to work with us or any Wedding Planner as you’ve {more than likely} never done so before. To make the whole process a little easier on you here is a short interview on what its like to work with us…

 

A couple’s interview with 
Bláithín O’ Reilly Murphy, The Wedding Expert

 I think we need a Wedding Planner, what should I do first? 

Great question! First up, I would suggest you check us out; take a look at our website, follow us on social media, see if you like what we pin on Pinterest.

We develop a real personal relationship with our clients while planning their weddings; its a massively important day to you, so its very important you like us before you even consider hiring us.

Once you like what you see, gives us a call! We love weddings, so are delighted to talk about them all the time! We can have a little chat about you and your plans and how a Wedding Planner might be able to fit into those plans. During this chat we can arrange a consultation. We offer this totally complimentary and with no obligation { this means if, when you meet us, you don’t like us, we wont mind and wont make you hire us 🙂 }. This gives us the chance to talk through everything about you and your wedding and how best we can help you plan that wedding, after that we’ll be able to give you a quotation for the services you need and want.

 

How long have you been a Wedding Planner and how did you become a Wedding Planner?

I’ve been planning wonderful weddings for over 9 years now and I just love it! I actually first studied Interior Design and Interior Architecture and always believed that one day I would open a small design company. Initially I loved the work as a Designer, but one day, while I was out at a client’s, she asked if I would recommend a colour scheme and some creative tips for her son’s wedding… it piqued my interest. I’d never been involved in a wedding before that, but once the creative juices started flowing my client was so impressed she hired me to be their Wedding Planner too! After that, as they say, the rest is history! ~ I had fallen in love with Wedding Planning and found more clients!!

We love your services and your portfolio, everything sounds fantastic… but can you tell me what sets you apart from every other Wedding Planner out there?

With us you get a relaxed, enjoyable, fun experience while planning your wedding. Because we only work with a select number of clients each year, you are guaranteed a dedicated service and personal Wedding Planner who will save you time, stress and money.

Our services are totally transparent; we do not accept commissions, kickbacks or retain discounts offered by wedding suppliers from you. All discounts are passed directly to our clients.

We also have a totally unique way of helping you plan your wedding, that ensures you also have easy access to everything to do with your wedding plans, meaning everything remains totally in your control. We share what this is in more detail during your complimentary consultation.

I’m a gal who knows and loves weddings, I write the daily wedding blog Wedding High and I am also, currently, the only Irish Wedding Planner to write a Wedding Planning Book; Distinctive Weddings; Tying the knot without the Rope Burns, for the Irish market. All going well, my second Wedding Planning Book will be out later this coming year.

In addition to all this, because of my Wedding Planning Expertise, I am regularly quoted in the media and online, speak around the world to both brides and my Wedding Professional Peers and indeed I lecture here in Dublin to those studying Event Management, PR and Wedding Planning.

This all sound so wonderful… but it also seems like it might be very expensive… are we going to be able to afford this?

First I would like to ask, do you have a spare 254 hours? ~ That’s what it takes the average bride to plan her wedding. Don’t worry, I’m not trying to scare you into hiring me, I appreciate not everyone needs or can afford a Wedding Planner.

But a Wedding Planner might not be as expensive as you think.

Who do you work best with?

I should possibly say at this point that I am selective about whom I work with. To give each of my couples the very best, I only work with a limited number of couples each year.

My ideal clients are those who want a fantastic, memorable wedding day for them and their guests ~ that they will be all talking about for years to come! They are most likely, busy professionals, who require an excellent service, enjoyable and fun wedding planning experience and who expect and want the best for their Wedding Day. Couples with budgets in excess of €40,000 are possibly most suited to my services but I am more than happy to work with you regardless of your wedding budget.

I work with couples from all over the world who are planning a wedding in Ireland, or indeed anywhere. I welcome couples planning a traditional wedding, something a little different, blessings, civil ceremonies and civil partnerships.

 

Will I lose control of my wedding if you plan it?

Most certainly not! My motto is:

Your vision, your style, your day! ~ We make it happen {together}.

I am not an overpowering Wedding Planner, relax. The wedding and each decision are always yours to make. Of course, I will advise and recommend and ‘keep you on track’ but at the end of the day, this is your wedding, not mine, and so always remains in your total control.

Will you work with vendors I’ve already hired?

I certainly will!

I am always delighted to work with any, new or existing vendors in the wedding industry! Of course, over time, I’ve had the pleasure of working with fantastic Wedding Suppliers who I am always happy to recommend but I am always meeting and introducing new Wedding Suppliers to my clients ~ I like to ‘share the love’ {and the work!}.

Naturally, should I know that someone you have hired, or potentially might hire, will not provide the service or quality you are looking for, I will tell you, the decision is yours then if you wish to proceed with their service.

Who is my Wedding Planner? 

That depends, I am the lead Wedding Planner at The Wedding Expert and most clients deal direct with me. I am supported by a terrific team that includes James and Keely, who you will no doubt meet throughout your wedding plans. On occasion, if I’m already booked up around your wedding date, Keely may be your lead Wedding Planner, who I will support. This will be discussed with you before you book so that you are 100% comfortable with whoever will take the lead with you to plan your amazing wedding day. 

Do you have payment plans?

I sure do!

You have two fantastic payment options to choose from:

You can of course pay me in full when signing your contract or indeed you can choose to pay using my monthly installment plan. In this instance, your deposit is up to €500.00 with the balance divided into equal monthly installments due on or before the 10th of each month until on or before your wedding day.

Payments can be made by cash, cheque, money transfer or Paypal.

Is it possible to speak to some of your former or existing clients?

Yes, absolutely!

You can also see what some of my former couples said about me here.

We have a couple of more questions, can we call you to discuss further?

Yes! In fact, I highly encourage all those considering my services to avail of my complimentary consultation, so that we can get all your questions answered and make sure we’re a right fit! You can call me direct on +353 {0} 87 919 0722 or email me directly on blaithin@theweddingexpert.ie to arrange yours.

This sounds like everything we’ve been looking for, so what happens next to start the process?

Oh super!

Well please do get in touch so that we can arrange your complimentary ‘get to know you’ consultation.

You can call me direct on +353 {0} 87 919 0722 or email me directly on blaithin@theweddingexpert.ie and if you haven’t done so already be sure to check out my packages to see which one is the perfect fit for you!