Remember: The planner should also ask you plenty of questions to best determine whether he or she can meet your needs to pull off your event.
Hiring a Wedding Planner
Here’s what you need to know to find a wedding planner who is your perfect match…
Find Your Wedding Planning Pro
Once you’ve determined what services you’d like to hand over to a wedding planning pro, scout out a few in your area. The www.eleGALA.com local vendor directory is a great place to start. Then schedule some phone or face-to-face consultations with a few wedding planners who strike your fancy.
Ask the Right Questions
During the consultation, you need figure out whether you’ll work well together. It’s best to come prepared with the right questions:
1. The Know-How
Does the planner offer all the services you need? Come prepared with a list of things you’d like help with, and review your list together.
2. Money Talks
Does the planner’s service fees work within your budget, and is the planner able to commit to your total wedding budget while planning your event?
3. The Right Connections
Does the planner have a network of reliable professionals, and can they refer you to those who match your style and budget?
4. Prime Negotiator
Will the planner be able to help you save on any aspects of your wedding – either by negotiating the best prices, scoring vendor discounts, or obtaining added extras?
5. Etiquette Guru
Is the planner knowledgeable on etiquette matters, and can he/she steer you in the right direction?
6. Trend Savvy
Is the planner in the know on the latest wedding trends and styles? Does he/she have a blog or use social media? Be sure to “follow” that planner, and you’ll get a sense of who this person is through his or her posts.
7. Straight Troubleshooter
Can the planner coordinate all logistics with vendors and the wedding party to ensure everything runs smoothly? With a professional on hand, you should be able to enjoy your day like a guest and leave the details to her.
8. Personality Plus
In the end, it’s all about a positive relationship and trust. Do you like this person? Try to get a sense for how well you think you’ll work together.
9. Always the Professional
Ask to see the planner’s business license, professional organization membership, or any indication that she is a certified business professional and not just moonlighting as a wedding planner.
10. Seal of Approval
Ask to see reference letters. Be wary if they cannot provide any.
Sign on the Dotted Line
After you’ve determined that you would like to work together, it’s time to sign the contract. Make sure that all services discussed are listed on the contract along with the total cost. Also make sure a pre-discussed cancellation policy is included on the contract.