How to Choose a Wedding Planner
Looking for the perfect wedding planner typically takes a bit of effort, but watching your dream wedding pull together makes all your hard work worthwhile. Below are tips to help you reduce the stress that may come with looking, and get you a planner you will truly 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. Do elements like lighting, d?cor, colors, etc. This maybe what the planner is most experienced with, so decide if you’re happy with it. Also look for information about the planning services they provide, their previous clients, any industry awards they have received and membership in professional associations.
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Calling Your Top Picks
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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 match your budget and your own plans, arrange appointments with each of them.
Getting Ready for the Initial Meeting
Make sure to bring magazine tear outs, Internet printouts and other pictures or materials that help you create a clearer picture of what you want at your wedding. During your first meeting, ask them about the weddings and perhaps other events they’ve done, and try to observe their personalities. Think you can work with them harmoniously? Tell them about your style and colors and see how they respond. Enthusiasm is crucial.
Calling Their Past Clients
Don’t be pressured to hire any planner on the spot. Take your time calling their references and ask them a few questions, such as:
> How closely did they follow 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 carry their best work, and, for sure, they’ll refer you to clients they know were pleased with their work, so do scan online for other real weddings they’ve done as well.
> Was the wedding exactly as what you wanted?
> Did they respond quickly to your emails or phone calls, and was it nice working with them?
> How did the wedding go according to your guests?
> Were there any problems,and how did they take care of those?
Sealing the Deal
Spend time comparing prices, notes, impressions and formal proposals (planners should draft their overall vision for your wedding and the services they plan to offer in the form of a proposal, which would then be the basis for your contract). As soon as you’ve found your planner, call them right away and express your desire to move forward and review a contract.