Tips for Choosing a Wedding Planner
Searching for the perfect wedding planner generally takes a little effort, but seeing your dream wedding come together makes all the research meaningful. 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
Check your prospective planners’ websites for pictures of recent weddings they’ve handle to help time down your list. 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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Calling Your Favorite 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.
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. Think you can have a harmonious and productive working relationship with them? Tell them about your favorite colors or flowers and pay attention to they respond. Enthusiasm is important.
Calling Their Past Clients
Don’t feel pressured to hire anybody on the spot. Spend time calling their past clients, making sure to ask questions like:
> How closely did they follow to your budget?
> Can you send me a few photos from your wedding? (This is a good way to see the planner’s overall consistency and professionalism.
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 just as you wanted it to be?
> 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 to compare impressions, notes, prices and formal proposals (planners should present their overall vision for your wedding, along with their intended services, through a written proposal which then serves as the basis for your contract). The moment you’ve found your planner, call them and tell them you are interested and waiting for a contract.