You said yes, now what? There are so many things that you know you have to do, and you know you want a professional to help you get them done. This professional is often called a Wedding Planner, Coordinator or Producer. After interviewing a few, how do you know you have the right one?
These are just a few tips on how to choose the best fit for you.
Personality: Your wedding planner is someone that you will be in close contact with from the start of your planning until the end. With most weddings taking a year to plan, this can be a year or more that you are with your planner side by side, day in and day out. It’s good to hire a planner that has a personality that matches with your style, and someone that you feel comfortable with.
Professional: When you are not around, your wedding planner will have to represent you. When you meet your potential planner for the first time, take notice of the attire, the location you had your initial consultation, did they have business cards?, a website? Did you see any pictures? Where they organized? Have they had any training? Are they licensed? These are just a few.
Trust: Depending on what services you hire your wedding planner for; sometimes your wedding planner will have to handle the exchange of your money between you and vendors. Trust is very important. Make sure that you trust your wedding planner; Find out what their policy is on transferring money from you to vendors. How do they keep track of payments? How soon do they submit the payments after they receive them from you? Be careful, there are some scammers out there .
Business hours: Each planner runs their business differently. Be sure to find out what their hours of operation are. This includes, when they are in the office, when they accept phone calls, return emails, when and how often you can contact them. You want to make sure that their policy will work with your lifestyle and schedule.
Style: You want to be sure that the planner that you hire can grasp your vision. Your vision is what your guest will see on your wedding day , it’s what will be in your pictures, it’s what makes your wedding. If they don’t understand or are unable to produce your dreams, this may not be the planner for you.
Passion: Wedding planning is a business, but is that the only reason your potential wedding planner wants you to hire them? When a job is driven by passion the ending results are often more graceful and delightful.
So how many planners should you interview before making a decision to hire? I suggest no more than 3. If you speak to too many, the conversations, packages, and other details can often start running together.
Remember, hiring a wedding planner is one of the most important decisions you are making when it comes to planning your wedding. This can be the difference between having an "okay" event to having something spectacular. Don't take this decision lightly. Hiring a wedding planner is highly recommended -- even if just to help on the day of the wedding.
Happy Planning Your Dream Day