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What's the difference between full and partial planning?

The terms full planning and partial planning are somewhat of an enigma. Even within wedding planner circles there is quite a variation as to what both terms mean. I myself as a destination wedding planner in Portugal have defined full planning and partial planning quite distinctly so here is my explanation of them.

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Partial Wedding Planning

Let’s start with partial planning because I think this is the more complicated of the two. Partial planning is like a pick and mix package depending on your specific needs. If you already have a venue and some suppliers then you would qualify for partial planning and I would work with the venue and suppliers you’ve already contracted. If you choose partial planning, then each service is calculated individually to create the bespoke service you need.

Services include:

  • Venue sourcing

  • Supplier sourcing

  • Budget management

  • Styling and Design

  • Logistical planning and on-the-day coordination

  • Transport and accommodation assistance

  • Planning of a welcome or post-wedding event

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Full Wedding Planning

Full planning is the whole shebang and more. It includes all of the above, plus planning of two extra events and another venue sourcing round if we didn’t find the perfect one in the first round. It also incompasses pretty much anything wedding related that you need advice and support on. Wedding planning is a very holistic thing with many tentacles and with my full planning clients, I devote alot more time. For example, I can write the text for your wedding website or creating food labels for your canapes. I can write your invitations and track RSVPs. Full planning is much more complete and open whereas partial planning is restricted to the agreed services.

In terms of price, full planning is on average €3000+VAT but it is calculated on a bespoke basis depending on guest numbers, your budget and the level of involvement.

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What you get with both

Both full and partial planning with me are very similar, it is just a question of the level of involvement. So here is what you get in both!

  1. Unlimited email support Clear and open communication is extremely important no matter what the level of involvement is from me which is why you can email me at any time and I aim to respond within 48 hours (unless I am on holidays!). I also schedule a call with each couple once a month to keep us both on track and make you feel supported throughout the planning process.

  2. Industry discounts As a planner who does not take commission, I pass this on as a discount to my couples. I’m a great negotiator and always do my best to get the best deals for my clients.

  3. Logistical planning As someone who has scheduled and planned many many weddings of all shapes and sizes, so with my help, we can craft the perfect wedding day that makes sense and leaves your guests delighted.

The level of service you want is completely up to you! Generally I have fewer slots for partial plans than full plans and I work with maximum 10 couples at any one time to give the very best service I can.

If you’d like to know more about my services, please do get in touch for a consultation!

Ta ta for now!