How to Choose a Wedding Planner
Finding the right wedding planner often takes a little effort, but watching the wedding of your dreams come through makes all the homework worthwhile. Here are tips to help you cut down on any stress that may come with looking, and find a planner you will absolutely love.
Do Your Research
Visit your potential planners’ websites for snapshots of recent weddings they’ve managed to help narrow down your list of options. See whether elements (colors, lighting, d?cor, etc. This is likely what the planner has the most experience in, so decide if you want it. Also, find information about the planning services they offer, the clients they’ve worked with in the past, industry awards and membership in professional associations.
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Call your top three or four favorites and ask about availability, price range and the cost of the typical weddings they plan. If their answers are consistent with your budget and your own plans for your wedding, arrange to meet with them personally.
Preparing for the Initial Meeting
) that will help you create a more accurate picture of how you want your wedding to be. During your meeting, ask them about events they’ve handled and observe their personalities. Think you can have a harmonious and productive working relationship with them? Tell them your ideas about your style and colors and take note of their reaction. Enthusiasm is a must.
Calling Their Past Clients
Don’t be pressured to hire any planner on the spot. Spend time to call their past clients and ask them the following questions:
> How closely did they keep to your budget?
> Can you email me pictures from your wedding? This is a great way to check the overall consistency and professionalism of the planner.
Planners’ portfolios are stuffed with their best work, and, certainly, they’ll refer you to couples they know were satisfied with their work, so look online for other real weddings they’ve handled as well.
> Did the wedding turn out to be exactly as you wanted?
> How quickly did they respond to your emails or calls, and were they pleasing to work with?
> How did the wedding go according to your guests?
> Were there any issues, and how were they resolved?
Sealing the Deal
Take your time comparing quotes, impressions, notes and formal proposals (planners must draft their general vision for your wedding as well as their intended services in the form of a written proposal, which will then be the basis for drafting your contract). As soon as you’ve found the right planner, give them a call and express your desire to hire them.