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Working with a Wedding Planner

The key to a successful working relationship with your wedding planner is uniting together as an invincible team.

Tips for Working With Your Wedding Planner…

Be a Team Player

Sure, it’s the “bride’s day,” but remember that you can’t get there alone. A planner can be your advocate and your voice, especially when you’re not around. Successful teams are all about balance: there will be areas where you’ll remain more hands on, and some where s/he runs the show.  Determine which tasks complement your strengths, and plan on designating the other tasks to the seasoned pro.  Sit down together to review your task list, letting her know where you’d like to remain involved and where you could use more help.  Be clear about your expected level of involvement so your planner can adapt accordingly. 

Speak Freely

Just as communication is the cornerstone to all successful relationships, it’s crucial to working with your wedding planner. You need to be able to clearly convey your priorities when it comes to your wedding. For example, do you envision a laid back affair with room for spontaneity?  Or do you need a tightly scheduled event to feel comfortable.  Is there an aspect of your wedding that you are particularly concerned about – such as the dance floor remaining packed or the meal being served promptly.  Wedding planners aren’t mind readers. They can, however, remember that your cousin needs a vegan meal—as long as you tell them. 

Get in the Trust Tree

If placing complete trust in your planner is difficult for you, remember that s/he has not only your best interests at heart, but his/her professional interests as well. This may be your first trip down the aisle, but an accomplished planner has been involved in countless weddings. Bottom line – make sure you can trust your wedding planner to pull off your event with success, then give them the space to do it.