A couple’s interview with

Bláithín O’ Reilly Murphy, The Wedding Expert

 

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 me you get a relaxed, enjoyable, fun experience while planning your wedding. Because I 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.

My service is totally transparent; I do not accept commissions, kickbacks or retain discounts offered by wedding suppliers from you. All discounts are passed directly to my clients. ~ It is always my aim to save you my fee, or indeed more, while planning your wedding. This I achieve in helping you to avoid costly mistakes, overspending unnecessarily and in securing the best possible price, for the service you want, from each chosen Wedding Supplier.

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 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?

It’s a good question!

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. My services start from as little as €65.00 and often clients who have hired me to plan their entire weddings found it only ended up costing them €219.00 a month! A bargin for the amazing day, and relaxed, enjoyable experience I provide!

You 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 €35,000 are possibly most suited to my services but I have 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, you 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 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.

Do you have payment plans?

I sure do!

You have two fantastic payment options to choose from:

You can of course pay me on full when signing your contract or indeed you can choose to pay using my monthly instalment plan. In this instance your deposit is up to €500.00 with the balance divided into equal monthly instalments 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 answer and make sure we’re a right fit! You can call me direct on +353 {0} 87 919 0722 or email my 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 my 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!

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