Planning a wedding on your own can be difficult, especially when you want something out of the ordinary. This is where a good wedding planner can help. However, it can be difficult to make the difference between a good wedding planner and an amateur. Here are some of the things you should be looking for when hiring one for your event.
Willing to give you a Free Consultation
You cannot hire someone to plan your wedding without meeting them face to face beforehand. Sure, you can get a sense of what they’re capable of by looking at their websites and social media, but you can get much more information on the kind of person they are and if they can actually meet your expectations if you actually talk to them. A good planner will be more than willing to meet you in person, so they can get to know what your vision is for the wedding and see if they’re a good fit for your event.
Since this person will be part of your life and in charge of the most minute details and logistics of your wedding, you have to make sure that your personalities click. This is your wedding after all, and if the person seems too domineering or unwilling to respect your opinion, then you may feel like you’re being thrown out of the loop.
Background and Experience
Everybody can improvise themselves as a wedding event planner nowadays, but that doesn’t mean every event planner is specialized in weddings or has the experience needed for the task at hand. Every wedding is different, and some planners may have a better skill set and experience for the particular type of wedding you’re looking for.
If you’re big on florals, design, and colors, then you have to go with someone who’s very visually driven. Or, if your priority is food, then you should go with someone with a good understanding of catering, for instance. It’s all up to you and what you prioritize. You want to pick someone with as diverse a background as possible, but make sure that you know what their specialty is.
Before you pick a wedding planner, check how easily accessible they are and their average response time. Good communication is absolutely essential, and a wedding planner who takes forever to answer your calls might be bad news. Also make sure that you know which method of communication they prefer, whether it’s phone, emails or text and what their response time usually is.
This is another very crucial trait you should be looking for in a wedding planner. The last thing you want is a “yes” person. You want somebody who will give you truthful and straightforward answers, whether it’s about your budget or creative vision. Some will do anything to get your business and will say yes even if they know that they can’t fulfill your vision, so make sure that honesty is at the top of your priorities.
If you follow these few simple tips, you should be able to find a great wedding planner in no time. Don’t be afraid to interview as many as you can until you find your ideal fit.