In today’s post, we will talk about 10 things to consider before hiring a wedding planner.
On your wedding day, you want to look your best and feel wonderful…!!! And to achieve that, you need someone to guide you and keep you calm from any worries. Planning a wedding can be quite interesting if done in the right way. But the nitty-gritty details can make things stressful. While many couples think planning a wedding is easy, think again. Only the ones who have planned their wedding know how tedious it can be and drain out all the energy before the wedding day.
Imagine the commitment of sitting for long hours to decide on the right décor theme, food menu, discussing the bits and pieces that match your wedding theme, calling and booking the venues, entertainers and other dozens of little details that need your time and energy. It can be too much!!!
Hiring a wedding planner is the smartest move you can make to bypass all the hassles and worries before your wedding.
Why you should hire a wedding planner?
If you are having second thoughts about hiring a wedding planner, here are few advantages of having a wedding planner. While you may feel their importance, as the wedding day approaches, you will be surprised by how much you needed them. So, let me tell you few things you should consider before hiring a wedding planner.
Without a helping hand, you may be in for a wild and exhaustive run. If your budget allows, hire a wedding planner.
Wedding planners can take many responsibilities off your shoulder. This is crucial if you have a very busy work schedule and have only a little time to plan the perfect wedding.
Research the best wedding planner in your area, look up testimonials of other couples and shortlist a few (say 5).
2. Meet wedding planners
Once you have narrowed down to the top 5 wedding planners, meet any three. Meet each one of them personally and discuss your ideas including the theme, décor, wedding attire, venue, vendors, budget, etc.
3. Ask about their past projects
Many wedding planners have their website and will have reviews online. Check the reviews of the couples. Also, while talking to the wedding planners, ask about their past weddings and other big events they have worked on. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the services they provide.
They may have links with vendors and entertainers or will have discounts and deals that will come within your budget.
4. Check reviews
As mentioned above, social media is a great platform to check reviews about a specific business service. Social media comments and reviews are honest as customers say what’s on their mind.
Take a look at the reviews and confirm a wedding planner only if you are completely satisfied.
5. Contact References
This is an important step to consider as it will give you a better idea about the professionalism of the wedding planner. You don’t want a hobbyist taking upon your wedding day that may be risky. Rather find someone who connects well with your skills and expertise.
6. Have they done cross-cultural wedding?
Professional inputs are vital and are required. You may find it difficult to know how to go ahead with it.
Situations can get awkward when your family and your in-laws family want to conduct the ceremony in different ways.
Wedding planners are the middle ground as they decide how and what to divide. They can coordinate two cultures in one. They will make a list of the traditions and customs so that both the families are happy.
7. Availability of the wedding planner
Undoubtedly one of the most important questions you need to ask is the date. Especially during peak season, a wedding planner can take upon many projects in a day. Make sure your planner stays with you throughout the planning process and on the wedding day.
When you look at the wedding planner’s portfolio, make sure you look for credentials. A professional wedding planner will show you his/her qualifications and the registration number of their business.
The wedding planner must have high skills such as organizational skills and professionals have better contacts with vendors and entertainers depending on your budget. Also, contact the testimonials of previous clients and contact them if possible, to know how their experience with a wedding planner was.
9. Intricate details
A wedding planner must be able to execute every aspect of your ideas with proper attention to detail. For example, you may want to customize your wedding favors, engagement and bachelorette party. The wedding planner must know how to use the ideas creatively.
Proper communication is the solution to successful event planning. Make sure to choose a wedding planner who is comfortable to communicate with.
10. Ask for ideas
As planning a wedding may likely be a field you are unaware of, you may not have many ideas. However, wedding planners are professionals who keep track of small and big details and have dozens of experiences. So, make sure to choose a wedding planner and ask for their suggestions/advice.
If the wedding planner you chose is short-tempered and irresponsible then you are heading for a doom’s day than a wedding day. So, be careful whom you are putting your trust in.