How to Pick 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 wide you won’t want to believe it. In any case, it’s never wise to just choose the first one you meet or get introduced to.
It can be critical that you do a little research and weigh some pros and cons before finally picking someone.
Pore through online reviews, but make sure you stick to third-party consumer websites for credibility. Ask relatives, friends and coworkers what they think about the planner you’re considering. After all, this is a big event in your life – probably the biggest even – so forget about taking chances.
Remember this: when you hire a wedding planner for your wedding, everything begins and end with them. If you don’t seem to connect well together or if you don’t even like the person, you could be looking at disaster. You’d like someone who will at least feel like a long-time friend. You’ll be spending so much time together, so if you don’t click, how do you think will that 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
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. For example, do you want them to do everything, from concept to execution? Perhaps you’ve already thought of a concept and you just need them to make it happen. Or maybe all you need is someone who can coordinate with the vendors and suppliers.
The idea is to come to your meeting with the planner all 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. In terms of the cost, different planners may bill you in different ways, but usually, they will charge you a percentage – around 30% – of your total costs.
One thing you have to remember is that you don’t have to confine yourself to just one prospective wedding planner. Two or three will give you enough room for comparisons. Of course, keep it apples to apples or your comparison won’t be useful. Give each one exactly the same specifics to work on when giving you an estimate.
Finally, don’t choose a wedding planner just because they’re cheap. There’s usually a catch, and that’s plain and simple risky.