Planning for a wedding can be very exciting. But making it happen can also be a lot of work and more of an emotional rollercoaster than you’d expect. For these reasons, some people choose to hire a wedding planner.
A wedding planner will help free up your time by coordinating and fine tuning all of the details, making the planning process much easier and more enjoyable.
However, choosing a wedding planner that is the right fit for you is no easy task.
In this article, we discuss the top 10 questions to ask before hiring a wedding planner to help ease the selection process.
1. How much do you charge for your services?
When planning a wedding, money is often seen as the enemy; there just never seems to be enough of it!
Different planners will have different fees. Some planners will bill you hourly while others will charge you a flat rate.
Before getting into the nitty-gritty details, review their packages to see whether or not they fit your budget.
2. Do you work alone or with a team?
Some planners work alone while others work in a team. If your wedding planner works alone, ask them whether they will be able to handle every detail, particularly on the day of your wedding.
Also, ask them what would happen in case of a personal emergency that would prevent them from making it to the wedding. Ask them what their back up plans include.
If the planner is part of a team, inquire about the person who you will be working directly with. Also, find out which tasks the planner will handle, and which will be delegated to others.
3. Will you be with us on our big day?
One of the major perks of having a wedding planner is being able to relax and have fun on your big day. Sadly, not all planners are able to attend your wedding. And those that are, may not be available for other big wedding events like your rehearsal dinner.
So prior to signing any contracts, ask your wedding planner about their availability. In addition, ask them what time they plan to arrive and what time they plan to leave.
If they won’t be able to make it on your big day, continue looking. You don’t want to waste time if they won’t be free.
4. How much experience do you have?
Wedding planning takes an enormous amount of time, but an experienced planner will save you time and energy by doing all the legwork and research for you.
Ideally, find a wedding planner who is experienced with weddings that are similar to yours in terms of cost, size and even theme.
Ask for testimonials or referrals from previous clients, and steer clear of candidates who can’t provide these references.
5. Can you help us stay on budget?
Figuring out your wedding budget is no easy feat. Your wedding will likely be the biggest party you’ve ever hosted – and the priciest.
Your planner plays an important role when it comes to keeping your budget in check. A good planner, may even help you secure enough vendor discounts to offset the cost of their services.
6. Who are your preferred vendors?
The right wedding vendors can bring you considerably closer to turning your wedding dreams into reality. Check whether the planner has worked with vendors you are considering working with. For example, caterers and florists.
Also, be wary of wedding planners who discourage you from using specific vendors without a solid reason. They could be trying to steer you towards others that offer them kickbacks for new business.
7. What services do you offer?
Find someone who can meet all of your planning needs. Some wedding planners oversee specific tasks, while others offer comprehensive wedding packages.
Examples of wedding planning services include destination wedding planning, event planning, accommodations, and other services you may desire.
8. How do you keep in touch with clients?
There are a lot of decisions to make when planning a wedding, and it is important to keep in close contact with your wedding planner.
Prior to choosing a planner, ask prospective candidates how they’ll communicate with you leading up to the wedding. Will they rely on phone calls, e-mail or meetings?
9. How do you approach design?
Every wedding planner is creative and talented in their own unique way. Find out how they intend to bring your big day dreams into reality with this question.
Share your ideas and see their response. Do they seem to come up with creative ideas and seem excited? If they do, they may be a good fit. But if they seem confused or bored, moving on with other candidates might be a good idea.
10. How do you handle difficult family members?
This is a rather sneaky way to find out how the planner works under pressure. One of your bridesmaids may have a day-of dress emergency. Or, your mom may ask one too many questions during the planning process. This question helps you determine whether your planner is able to handle these kinds of challenges.
Hiring the right wedding planner can make a big difference on your wedding day, there is no doubt. When interviewing them, remember to ask them these questions to help filter out the perfect fit!