Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Planner
Without a doubt, there will be wedding planners almost everywhere these days, but are all created equal? Irrevocably not! In fact, their differences can be so wide you won’t want to believe it. That’s why you can’t just go with the first one who comes along.
It’s actually crucial to do some research and make a few considerations before finally deciding on one.
Explore online reviews, but stick to third-party websites to ensure credibility. Ask friends, relatives or coworkers if they have heard of anything about the planner you’re considering. Besides, this is an important day in your life – may be the most important even – so there should be no taking chances.
Take note that when you hire a wedding planner, they will be the start and end point of everything about your wedding. If you don’t like the person or there’s no chemistry between the two of you, it will be disaster. Pick someone you can be friends with. You’ll be spending a lot of time together, so if you’re hardly comfortable with each other, you can imagine how that can affect your wedding. Even the wedding planner with the best reviews can be wrong for you if you’re not good together.
Defining Your Needs and Their Services
Different brides have different needs obviously. Of course, it follows that planners provide different services as well. Start by deciding on the role your planner will take. Do you want them to take care of everything, from creating a concept to executing it? Perhaps you’ve already thought of a concept and you just need them to make it happen. Maybe all you really need is a person to coordinate with all the suppliers and vendors.
The idea is to come to your meeting with the planner all prepared. Make a list of things you want to discuss so you don’t forget everything. Bring photos of weddings you like and have the planner see them. There are many blogs and websites where you can just download and print them. As for the cost, planners will usually charge a portion of the total cost of your wedding, probably around 30%.
One thing you must remember is that you don’t have to focus on just one prospective wedding planner. You should actually have two or three at minimum so you can compare before deciding which one to have. Of course, keep it apples to apples or your comparison won’t be useful. Each potential planner should have exactly the same specifics to work on when providing you their quote.
Finally, don’t pick a wedding planner simply because they cost cheap. There’s usually a catch, and that’s plain and simple risky.