How to Choose a Wedding Planner
You will undoubtedly find wedding planners almost everywhere today, but are they all right for you? Definitely not! In fact, their differences can be so significant you’ll find it hard to believe they’re all wedding planners. That’s why you can’t just go with the first one who comes along.
It’s actually crucial to spend some time looking into your options and making a few vital considerations before coming up with a choice.
Read online reviews, but stick to independent consumer websites. 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.
Remember this: when you hire a wedding planner for your wedding, everything begins and end with them. If you don’t like the person or there’s no chemistry between the two of you, it will be disaster. You want someone you can actually 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. No matter how great a wedding planner’s reviews are, they can still be wrong for you if you don’t have chemistry.
Defining Your Needs and Their Services
Brides can have a whole variety of needs different from the others. Of course, planners will have different services they can provide as well. Start by deciding on the role your planner will take. Do you need them for everything, from concept to execution? Maybe you already have a concept and you just want them to bring it to life. Or maybe you just need someone to coordinate with the suppliers and vendors.
Be sure to meet your planner prepared. Create a list so you won’t forget things. Bring pictures of weddings that you like and show them to the planner. There are lots of places online where you can download and print them. As for cost, different planners may have different ways of billing their clients, but usually, they are paid a certain portion – around 30% – of the total cost.
One thing you have to remember is that you don’t have to confine yourself to 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, you need to make it apples to apples or your comparison will be futile. 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.