5 Steps to Hiring a Wedding Planner

5 Steps to Hiring a Wedding Planner

You want your wedding to be an ideal day.

It takes a lot of effort and planning and you may not have the time or expertise to pull it all together yourself.

Hiring a wedding planner can give you peace of mind that everything will be taken care of. Just make sure you have room in your wedding budget.

Wedding planners participate in weddings on a regular basis. They know what they are doing. If you want to hire the right person, follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Look For Potential Planners

Check out some wedding planner’s websites and look through their photos, details and any other information they make publicly available. This will help you weed some of the options out if they don’t seem to have the style and vibe you are looking for.

Some planners will feature different styles while others will have a similar theme.

If you want something small and intimate, look for a planner who has done that well. Watch for a list of services they offer as well and make sure they do everything you want.

Step 2: Pick Up Your Phone

Once you have a few favorites chosen, call them and confirm they plan the types of services you need.

Have them name a few venues they have worked with and list the dates they are available. Confirm their prices or at least a basic range to ensure they fit into your budget.

If everything lines up, set appointments to meet the ones you want to move forward with. It is a good idea to meet with more than one so you can compare notes.

Step 3: Meet With Your Chosen Wedding Planners

If you have some wedding ideas arranged, take everything with you. That might mean magazine clippings, photos, or just ideas to talk through.

When you meet with each planner, your goal is to get a sense of the types of weddings they plan and their overall quality.

You also need to look into their personalities and see if they are someone you would enjoy working with. You will be working with them on a close basis for many months.

Voice your style ideas and see how each planner responds. You want to see enthusiasm and ideas and you want them to listen to you. Meeting with them will help you make a decision.

Step 4: Check Your Planners References

Once you feel comfortable with a planner or two, call their references to make sure you understand what you are getting. Ask former clients if the planner stuck with their budget and interpreted their ideas well and any other questions you can come up with.

Hearing from other brides will help you know you are hiring the right person before you seal the deal.

Step 5: Decision Making Time

Once you compare notes between the various planners you have checked out, with any luck, the decision will be clear. Look over any proposals you have and compare prices and enthusiasm.

Once you decide on a planner, call that person and book them for the right dates. Get the contract and sign it so you can start the planning process as soon as possible.

Finding the right wedding planner takes time and effort, but once you have the right person for the job hired, you can move forward with the excitement of actually planning your wedding.

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