How to pick one?!
There are three types of Wedding Planners out there to make your life and the life of your fiancé easier depending on the Budget (Download Budget Calculator):
- a full-service planner to arrange every detail
- someone to assist you only in choosing your wedding location and vendors
- a day-of coordinator (which really means 30 days before your wedding)
Even though hiring a planner is an added cost, they often end up saving you money in the long run. And no doubt about it—the right wedding planner can definitely save you time and stress (priceless!).
Before interviewing potential wedding planners, you and your fiancé should have an idea of:
- How much money you have in your budget
- How many people you would like to invite
- Your preferred wedding date
- Your vision for your wedding (NOTE: If you aren’t sure yet don’t worry—getting help with this is one of the reasons why you’re hiring a wedding planner!)
For your fist meeting, it would definitely help for you to get to know your planner. It’s awesome if you can find all that you need to know about the person over a cup of coffee, yet if you need some help, here are the questions that would guide you in a proper direction and help you make final decision.
Getting to Know a Planner
- Do you have our wedding date open? If so, do you anticipate any issues with the date such as weather, travel for our guests, difficulty booking a venue, etc.?
- What made you want to be a wedding planner?
- Describe the most challenging wedding you planned and how you handled the problems that came up.
- How would you rate your problem-solving skills?
- How would you rate your communication skills?
- Are you a certified wedding planner? If so, where did you get certified? What is your educational background?
- Are you a member of any wedding association(s)? If so, does your association require you to satisfy yearly education requirements?
- How long have you been in business? Do you have a business license?
- How many full-scale weddings have you planned? When was your last one?
- How many wedding clients do you take on in a year? How many do you expect to have during the month of our wedding?
- Is wedding planning your full-time job? If it’s part-time, what is your other job?