There are hundreds of decisions that have to be made throughout the course of planning a wedding, and if you want to make sure everything works out perfectly, consider hiring a wedding planner. Wedding planners are there to coordinate, plan and execute a wedding exactly as you’ve envisioned it. They have experience and know who to work with, and who to avoid. However, not all are built equally; here are some questions you should ask your wedding planner before hiring them.
Gain an understanding of whether they will be relying on phone calls, meetings or email. Though technology has made it simpler to communicate and co-ordinate with people, meeting with your planner in person makes certain things easier to plan and organize.
- In some cases, your wedding venue might come with a coordinator, however the coordinator may not be able to provide you with comprehensive services. Well-established wedding planners offer integrated wedding packages, while some others will oversee only specific tasks. If you want to enjoy your wedding preparations, look for options that will take the stress out of the process.
- If you have opted for a comprehensive planning package, check which services are included in it. Do not be shy about asking for additional services as they might be available.
- Ask about the planner’s experience, for example, the size of weddings or the locations of venues they have worked at in the past.
- Ask for referrals/testimonials from any of their previous clients. Stay away from any planner who is unwilling to provide these, as they should almost be expecting you to ask.
- See if the planner has recommended vendors. This will help you get feedback on their services and you might also get some discounts.
- Find a wedding planner who is willing to work within your budget. It is not very uncommon for wedding budgets to get out of hand and you do not want to be left with a surprisingly hefty bill. A general rule of thumb is: ask them how many hours goes into planning each wedding, multiply by two (because if you did it you’d be less efficient) and then divide by their cost. If this is less than your hourly wage, then their prices are reasonable.
- Check on the person’s willingness and ability to accommodate special requests. There are times when you might need urgent transportation organized or special items at your wedding. Great wedding planners are actually able to anticipate such requests and stay one step ahead of the game.
The Right Vision
These are just a few of the important questions you should be asking of your wedding planner. The bottom line is, find a planner who shares your personality and vision. If you mesh right from day one, then chances are they are the right one to make sure your big day goes exactly as you’ve dreamed of!