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. The following are tips to help you minimize the stress that may come with looking, and land a planner you will totally love.
Do Your Research
Go to your prospective planners’ websites to scan photos of recent weddings they’ve handled and help narrow down your list. See whether elements (colors, lighting, d?cor, etc. This likely reflects what the planner has the most experience with, so decide if it’s something you want. 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.
Weddings – Getting Started & Next Steps
Calling Your Top Picks
Doing Planners The Right Way
Call your top three or four picks and ask them about their pricing, availability, and the average cost of the weddings they plan. If their answers suit your budget as well as your vision, set up a meeting with each of them.
Preparing for the Initial Meeting
Be sure to bring with you Internet printouts, magazines and other pictures or materials that can help you create a better picture of how you would like your wedding to turn out. During your first meeting, ask them about the weddings and perhaps other events they’ve done, and try to observe their personalities. Do you think you can work with them for months? Tell them your ideas about your style and colors and take note of their reaction. Enthusiasm is crucial.
Calling Their Past Clients
Don’t feel pressured to hire anybody on the spot. Spend time to call their past clients and ask them the following questions:
> How closely did they follow to your budget?
> Can you send photos from your wedding? This is an effective way checking the planner’s general consistency and professionalism.
Planners’ portfolios contain their best work, and, definitely, they’ll refer you to couples they know were happy with their services, so search online for other real weddings they’ve managed.
> Was the wedding exactly as what 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.