7 Questions You Absolutely Must Ask Your Wedding Planner
While interviewing potential wedding planners, it is imperative that you ask certain questions. After all, your wedding planner is responsible for making your dream wedding a reality. You’ll want to ensure that you and your wedding planner have the same vision for your big day.
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Before you sign a written agreement, you absolutely must ask your wedding planner these seven questions:
1. You absolutely must ask your wedding planner…. are you available on my wedding day?
If you have already chosen a wedding date, then the first step is to ensure that your planner is available on that date. You do not want to get excited about finding the perfect planner, only to discover a scheduling conflict farther down the road.
2. You absolutely must ask your wedding planner….What is the average cost of your wedding planning services?
Before selecting a planner, you need to ensure that they can work within your budget. One of the best ways to gauge whether or not a planner is within your price range is to identify the minimum wedding budget they are willing to work with. Planners can save you money by recommending vendors that align with your budget. At the same time, they strive to ensure that your wedding day is everything you ever hoped it would be.
Other planners may offer packages that include vendors like DJs and photographers. There may also be “a la carte” options that allow for further customization. The important thing is to find a planner that can understand your vision and help you scale it to fit within your budget. The wedding planners purpose is to take on the burden of planning and coordinating all aspects of the wedding. Wedding planners have a passion for event planning and a unique eye for detail. They can help you bring your unique to you wedding vision to life.
3. You absolutely must ask your wedding planner….Do you offer both design and coordination services?
Some wedding planners strictly offer coordination services. While others may offer a combination of coordination and design services. Doing so, provides clients with the best of both worlds. It would be wise to find a well seasoned planner with experience coordinating and designing celebrations of all sizes. We will elaborate more on that later. If you find a planner that you love but they do not offer design services, consider asking if they have an assistant or partnership with someone who offers those services.
4. You absolutely must ask your wedding planner…. Are you a full-service wedding planner?
A full-service wedding planner will plan your entire day. This means that they will manage all aspects of your wedding day. Other planners will provide you with a menu of services and allow you to pick the options you like. They provide their expertise where needed but leave many details up to you. Before you begin working with a wedding planner, it is important to identify whether or not they are full-service.
5. You absolutely must ask your wedding planner…. How many weddings have you planned?
The purpose of this question is to identify how much experience a potential wedding planner has. While some brides may be willing to take a chance on a new planner, others may prefer a coordinator with more experience under their belt. While this decision is entirely up to you, it is important to understand the level of expertise your planner offers before entering a partnership with them.
6. You absolutely must ask your wedding planner…. How do you handle the business aspect of planning my wedding?
Managing contracts, bookings and payments are some of the biggest components of planning a wedding. Knowing that these tasks are being taken care of can give you peace of mind to relax and enjoy your big day. Some wedding planners are happy to take these tasks off your hands while others may prefer that you work with vendors directly on payment and booking-related issues. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare accordingly.
7. You absolutely must ask your wedding planner…. Have you planned other weddings at our site?
While this should not be a requirement, it can be a huge bonus if your event planner has previous experience with your chosen venue. If so, they are likely familiar with the layout and staff which can help your event go more smoothly.
With that in mind, never rule out a planner solely because they have not worked at your venue before. Instead, focus on finding a planner that has experience working with the style of your venue. If you know that you want to have an outdoor wedding, focus on finding an event planner that has previously coordinated outdoor weddings. This will help you ensure that your planner has experience working with the environment you want and can help anticipate what you will need to make your vision happen.
Finding a wedding planner can seem overwhelming at first, but it does not have to be. These seven questions will help you find the right planner to help you make your dream wedding a reality.
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