A wedding planner is your go-to person when you need some help preparing for your wedding. You can get a full-service planner to handle all the details, or you can hire someone who can help in select areas like finding the right vendors and location for the event, to someone who only coordinates the actual wedding day. Before you decide on a wedding planner, make sure you consider these tips.
Where Do You Start in Getting Your Perfect Wedding Planner?
First, you need to make a checklist. Figure out your budget and then decide if you need full-time help, or something more specific. Just like hiring a plumber, start off with the basics. Ask questions, including if this isn't their full-time gig, what is? Other topics to interview them on are:
Portfolio - research and ensure the portfolio is legitimate and not someone else's work.
Pricing - structure, flexibility, and a contract with fees paid upon deliverables.
References - get several, more than three, and ask them these three questions:
- What made you recommend them, and do you still stand behind it?
- What didn't you like about the service?
- How did you find the wedding planner (e.g., a friend of a friend, a relative, randomly, etc.)?
Check out their online presence and how many good or bad reviews they have. Read the reviews and trust yourself to weed through real and fake.
Interview your top choices in wedding planners. Do they listen to what you want? If you have excellent communication, that's the goal.
Consider how you feel about the wedding planner. If you don't hit it off, you have to ask yourself if this is someone you can trust with one of the most important, and probably most expensive event of your life. Your wedding planner is likely the one person you will spend a significant amount of time with leading up to your special day, so it is crucial that you and your fiancé both like and trust them.
What Else Should be on the Checklist in Hiring a Wedding Planner?
- How did they become a wedding planner?
- Are they certified? What is their level of education, and in what area?
- How many clients do they handle in a year? Are they exclusive to you or do they have multiple clients at the same time? How do they deal with a conflict of interest?
- Are they hiring and paying for other vendors (flowers, music, etc.), or are you still responsible for that?
- What is the scope of your agreement? What services will you be getting for the agreed payment?
- Ask for permission in writing to do a background check on the wedding planner. If they decline, part ways immediately.
If you are in the Northeastern area of Ohio, use TheKnot or CityVoter as resources for finding your perfect wedding planner.
There are going to be many questions when it comes to getting ready for your wedding. If you have questions about bridal dresses, accessories and wedding party attire, call us at The Perfect Bride at 440-331-5113 today!