Hiring a professional wedding planner definitely has its advantages. A wedding planner can help you in getting your wedding on the right track smoothly and without any stress. But not all wedding planners might be able to fit your needs. You still need to carefully choose the wedding planner that has the right skills and experience for the type of wedding that you want to have.
So how can you choose the wedding planner that’s right for you? Make sure to ask these questions before you hire a wedding planner.
Are you available on my wedding day?
This is one of the most basic questions to ask any potential wedding planner. If they are not available on your wedding day, there’s no point in considering them. Make sure to find out how many weddings they are handling while planning yours and that they can still focus on giving you high quality service.
What services do you offer?
Ask the different services and packages that the wedding planner offers to determine if it fits your needs. Do they offer full-service planning, month-of coordination, event designing, or à la carte planning? Discuss the types of services that you need and determine if it fits the experience and niche of the wedding planner.
Can you work within my budget?
Another important question is working within the budget. One of the wedding planners main tasks is to help fulfill your wedding vision while staying on track budget-wise. It’s best to know from the get go if they think they can work within your budget or not.
Do you work alone or with a team?
Ask whether the wedding planner has a team so that you can gauge how they can effectively handle your wedding. It’s also important to ask how many of their staff will be there to coordinate, style, and assist on the day of your wedding so you can plan your logistics ahead of time.
How many weddings have you planned?
Experience is important when hiring a wedding planner. Establish your wedding planner’s credibility by asking for a portfolio and references. Make sure that your wedding planner has had enough experience in handling weddings so that you can be assured that they can properly handle yours.
Have you planned a wedding similar to ours?
It’s also important that they have experience in handling a wedding that’s similar to your wedding. Ask whether they have handled a wedding with the same theme, similar budget, or at the same location.
Who are your preferred vendors?
Wedding planners who are connected with good quality and affordable vendors can save you a lot of time. Ask them for a list of vendors that they are connected with and do your research on them. It also helps to know whether your wedding planner can give your discounts and freebies from these vendors.
How often will you keep in touch with me?
It’s important to set a schedule on when your wedding planner will update you regarding all the wedding planning matters. This will help keep your wedding on track and you’ll be able to review the things that have been accomplished. Regular updates and discussions can also prevent any mistake or confusion from happening.
How do you handle pressure and emergencies?
It might seem like a hard question to ask but it’s important to know how your wedding planner can handle difficult situations and emergencies especially if anything happens on the day of your wedding. You need to be able to put your full trust that they’ll be able to resolve it and that at the end of the day, you’ll be able to have a worry-free wedding no matter what.
Can we discuss the contract first?
Once you are at the contract signing stage, study it thoroughly and openly discuss it with your wedding planner. Read the fine line and clear up any questions on services included, total fee, payment plans, cancellation policies, etc.
Hiring a wedding planner can be difficult if you don’t know what you are looking for. Make sure to ask the right questions before hiring a wedding planner so you can assess them properly. Listen carefully to the wedding planner’s answers and aside from their experience and skills, make sure that they have a personality that you can get along with.
Choose the right wedding planner so that you can transform your vision into the magical wedding of your dreams.