When choosing a wedding planner its so important for a good fit and one that feels right. You are going to be spending a lot of time together so its vital that you gel. There are many wedding planners out there so take you time and do your research. Believe it or not, I would never be offended if you didn’t choose me as I want it to be a fabulous working relationship, and for you to feel comfortable and confident to talk openly and honestly. When investing in a wedding planner, you should follow your instinct and heart but also my tips below.
• Check out their website
Is the look consistent and cohesive? Is it a style that you think suits you? If you have a look through mine you will see country side, outdoors, marquees – not ideal for an urban town wedding!
• Narrow it Down
when you have had a shop around, contact a maximum of 3 that you really feel a bond with and arrange a consultation. I would advise you to let them know your budget and approximate size of wedding from the beginning, also do check from the off that they have your wedding date available and a general rule of fees. (This will more than likely be confirmed after the consultation)
• Experience matters
But not necessarily just in this sector! Perhaps your planner has had a corporate career as a project manager, and is super creative making a fabulous wedding planner, so don’t be afraid to delve into these skills. Also, a new planner is likely to be wholly enthusiastic!! Do check that they have had training and belong to a professional body where you can be assured of their professionalism and ethics – such as the UKAWP.
• The consultation
Your planner should first and foremost LISTEN, its YOUR day and not theirs. Your planner should also be enthusiastic and excited about your plans, so pay attention in the meeting and be sure to take along as many questions as you need to. Think about the things that are most important to you both. Do check what their expertise is and that its inline with your requirements, some planners are all about logistics but not creative, others are purely creative, make sure it’s a good fit for your plans.
• What’s Next?
You will receive a proposal detailing all that you have talked about with a quote for the services, if you have ANY questions at all, your planner should be happy to have a chat. Ensure that it clearly documents what’s included and what is not! Really important for partial planning as you don’t want any nasty surprises or unexpected fees.
Please do get in contact for a complimentary consultation, and why not hop on over to my free facebook group where I will be sharing my knowledge and inspiration for planning your wedding or party.