Earlier this month, we caught up with Priya, who’s currently planning her dream wedding and working as a full-time paraplanner in a busy advice firm.
We want to know, does being a paraplanner make you a better wedding planner…
Q: How have you found managing a full-time paraplanning role with planning your wedding?
A: It’s been difficult at times, but I’ve found it very useful to offset one against the other.
Q: What’s been the most stressful part of this process so far?
A: There are so many decisions you need to make for the wedding, and you both have to agree on -from catering, décor to a photographer. On top of that, there are so many options for every decision, so it’s been a challenge getting everyone on board!
Luckily, training to be a paraplanner has set me up in good stead. Going through the authorisation process and becoming fully signed off was stressful, to say the least so I’m used to keep my cool and powering through.
Q: What’s been the most fun part of this process so far?
A: For me, the most fun has been outfit hunting. I also like the satisfaction of ticking things off on the to-do list, especially as it means we’ve agreed on something together.
For paraplanning, it’s pretty similar, in that I enjoy working in the team. It’s the best part of the role for me. It’s shaped who I am, and I’ve learnt so much from my colleagues.
Q: Do you feel your role has helped you during this time?
A: In a sense, yes but it’s more the people around me. It really does take a village. My director and office manager have supported me through the authorisation process. I always knew this is what I wanted to do so my role has been a good stepping stone.
And, it’s the same for the wedding. I’m relying on people who’ve been through this before, like my best friend who recently got married, so she’s always there to turn to for support.
Q: Do you have any tips for anyone else who’s about to go through the same thing?
A: If it’s work, take a deep breath and make lists or spreadsheets. There’s a real benefit to writing things down and getting them out of your head and then being able to put a line through it once it’s done. If not, it’s all too easy to forget things. And, don’t be afraid to talk to people and get their perspective and benefit from their experience.
If it’s not work, all of the above, but maybe add in a glass of wine or two!
We hope all that planning pays off and you have a wonderful day, Priya.