Pointers for Hiring a Wedding Planner
If you’ve experienced planning a wedding, you should know how challenging it can be. The good news is hiring a professional planner can offer great help. Then again, you can’t simply go with anyone you come across. You need to take certain steps leading to the right one.
Do your research.
Visit local planners’ websites for photos of their most recent projects to help you pare down your list of prospects. Make sure the elements – colors, lighting, decor, etc.- are well-coordinated, and if there’s a dominant style that’s common among the weddings they’ve handled, make sure it jives with what you yourself are looking for. If not, ask them to see if they can work with your own ideas, but you won’t have any history proving that they can create the results you’re after.
Check with your favorites.
Ring your top three or four picks and ask the about the particular planning services they offer, along with their wedding date availability, and their prices. If their answers sound just right for your budget and your vision, ask for a meeting with every one of them. Be ready with magazine cut-outs, photos and other things that can help you explain yourself in terms of how you want the wedding to turn out. And see to it that you have a list of relevant questions on hand. Observe them as they give you their answers. Do you think you can have a smooth relationship with them? Tell them about the results you want to see, your preferred theme or style, and see watch their response. They should show genuine interest in your ideas and not just shun them away.
Don’t be pressured into hiring a planner on the spot. In fact, spend time asking crucial questions like:
Did the planner exceed the budget? Were you happy with how the planner interpreted your ideas?
Were they easy to contact?
Was working with them a positive experience?
Did the wedding go well from your guests’ perspective?
Did you encounter any issues, and if so, how were they managed?
Make a decision.
Spend time comparing the planners you’ve shortlisted, taking into consideration their proposals submitted. If they won’t give you a formal written estimate, move on to your next prospect. And when you’ve reached an agreement on terms and conditions, have them give you a final contract. This will serve as your protection in case the planner fails to meet their promises. Lastly, don’t pay the planner the entire amount upfront. It is the norm to make a down payment for initial costs (labor, materials, etc.) while the remaining amount may be settled after the wedding.