What are Wedding Planners?

As you plan, think of the planner as your guide. A wedding planner is responsible for planning the logistical elements that bring a wedding vision to life, and is involved from the very beginning of the planning process. We assist with budget creation, management, venue selection, vendor and supplier referrals, wedding day timeline, seating arrangements, and so on.

“You don’t have to be concerned about whether or not you’ll actually be able to plan your own wedding, because you will still be making all of the decisions and be a very active participant in planning your wedding. The only difference is that you will just have help doing it!”

Take A Vow will always have your best interests at heart, and will become everyone’s point-of-contact on your wedding day, which means you and your beloved are free to enjoy every moment!

What are Wedding Designers?

Wedding designers are in charge of the overall visual aesthetics of the wedding. We think in terms of the ‘big picture’. This includes wedding design, décor, concept and how that design concept will be carried through each visual element like floristry, lighting technicians, audio video specialists and photographers to create the look and feel of your wedding.

Great wedding design involves creativity. We translate our client’s style, ideas and visions into something incredible that will exceed their expectations and imagination.  Designing weddings starts with getting to know our clients, and having a solid grasp of who they are, what they like, and what is important to them. This gives us a solid foundation we can use to build the design ideas and style for the wedding or event.

What are Wedding Day Managers/Coordinators?

The primary duty of a Wedding Day Manager and/or coordinator is to be there on the big day and ensure it runs smoothly and according to plan. They are often referred to as ‘Day-of Coordinators’. The coordinator will also jump in a month before the wedding to finalise last minute details, confirm vendor and supplier obligations, create a timeline and oversee the set up of the décor. This is different to ‘Venue Coordinators’ who work for the venue and ensure your wedding follows the rules and regulations of the space. As wedding planners we’ll often work hand in hand with the venue coordinator.

Why Should I Hire You As My Wedding Planner?

To truly enjoy your wedding day and the lead up to it, and have the peace of mind

that everything will run smoothly.

For most couples, planning a wedding for the first time can be very stressful. You can easily get confused about where to begin, how much everything costs, and how to choose the right venue and vendors.

Wedding planning is not only about choosing your colour palette, flower decorations, and venue. There are often a number of logistical matters to attend to, such as the timing and knowing which vendors are to be trusted. We are here to assist you and attend to all of these aspects of planning. We are able to help you save time and limit some of your many concerns, as well as to give your the overall piece of mind so that you can actually enjoy your wedding day!

Wedding planners are true professionals who have experience and industry relationships that will allow our couples’ wedding vision come to life.


What Types Of Weddings Do You Do?

We do everything involving love!

  • Civil Unions
  • Destination Weddings
  • Same Sex/LGBTQ Weddings
  • Vow Renewals
  • Cultural Weddings
  • Religious Ceremonies
  • Elopements


Do You Work With All Kinds Of Vendors To Cater To Specific Cultures And Religions?

We absolutely cater to all of our client’s needs, and work with only the best vendors that fit within your values/requirements, and that will add value to your big day.


My Venue Already Has An Event Coordinator… So Why Do I Need An Independent Wedding Planner?

A venue event coordinator and a wedding planner are two very different things. While it is true that a venue’s event coordinator and wedding planner will have some overlap, there is added value in having both a venue event coordinator and a wedding planner working together. Often the venue’s event coordinator handles all kinds of different events and clients, while your wedding planner only has one focus – and that is YOU!


Do You Charge For Initial Consultation?

Absolutely not.

Our initial consultation is complimentary. This is an opportunity for us to catch up over a coffee or wine, and get to know each other to see if we’re a good fit to work together. If you’re overseas we can take that wine online and have a chat via video call.


Do You Charge An Hourly Rate/ Flat Rate Or A Percentage Of The Overall Wedding Budget?  What Is The Deposit You Have To Pay To Secure Your Wedding Planning Services?

We charge a flat rate for our packages. Not one wedding is the same, and each proposal is based on your requirements and needs, guest numbers, location, marquee/tented/venue choice, and amount of styling and set up required.  Hence, the ‘from’ rates.

A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required to secure our wedding planner services. The final balance is due 1 week prior to your wedding. If required, a fee schedule will be tailored to your needs prior to signing an agreement.


What Sized Weddings Have You Coordinated In The Past?

We have coordinated all sizes of weddings from small and intimate weddings to hundreds of guests.


What Additional Types Of Events Do You Service?

Our main focus is WEDDINGS! However, we love a good party and are happy to help with:

  • Surprise Proposals
  • Birthdays
  • Corporate Events
  • Engagements, Anniversaries
  • Baby Showers


How Much Communication Will I Have?

We will respond to all emails and phone messages in a timely manner and maintain consistent communication throughout.


How Many Weddings Or Events Will You Coordinate Per Day?

At Take A Vow, we only take a limited number of weddings every year – this means that we only do one wedding or event per weekend so you are our main focus.  If you choose to marry during the week, then you are also our main priority on the day.


Will You Be Present On My Wedding Day?

Absolutely! This is why we are in this business. The ‘grand finale’ is what we put all of our work and effort into, and we simply can’t wait to see it come to fruition.


How Many Assistants Will Attend My Wedding Day?

One wedding planner and at least one to four assistants will be at your wedding. We will have more assistants should you have multiple locations, or a large guest count.As a guide we include the following number of staff:-

Up to 60 guests – 2 x Take A Vow staff members
60-150 guests – 3 x Take A Vow staff members
Over 150 guests – 4 x Take A Vow staff members


How Will You Dress For My Wedding?

For weddings, all wedding planners and assistants will wear professional attire.


Can We Hire You As Soon As We Get Engaged Or Should We Wait?

The sooner the better, and as soon (or shortly thereafter) as you get engaged is recommended. Dates are booked well in advance, and the sooner we begin planning, the better.


What Areas Do You Service?

Whilst based in Auckland, we travel frequently throughout New Zealand and overseas.


What Payment Types Do You Accept?

We accept bank deposit or cash.