Planning for a Planner

AND NOW, lets talk about something near and dear to my heart.

A wedding planner. You need one.

This is a big deal. A Wedding Day trust fall, if you will . While every couple certainly wants a planner who’s got the chops , it’s also important to find someone you personally click with from the very beginning. I’ll say it again for the people in the back: FIND VENORS THAT YOU WILL INTERFACE WITH ON THE DAY OF YOU WEDDING THAT YOU LIKE IS ESSENTIAL. Finding the right pro who fits the bill—not to mention, works within your budget—might feel impossible, rest easy, I’ve got your back.

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Kick back take a sigh of relief as I walk you through how to choose a wedding planner so you can sign that dotted line without totally losing your mind.

First of all, utilize some resources. 

Whether you’re looking for a makeup artist or a string quartet, there’s nothing like someone else’s personal experience within your circle to look to. Were you blown away by your friend from college’s wedding, and better yet, was SHE?? When it comes to choosing a planner for your celebration, turn to your crew and kin for recommendations. You might be pleasantly surprised by the sheer number of vendor leads that come pour in.

Pro tip: Expand your search to online connections and put a call out on social media. I can’t tell you how many times I have needed something and the Facebook universe came through for me in a pinch. Are you Instagram-savvy? Try searching city-specific hashtags for even more new potentials.

Research who they are online. 

Found a wedding planner who might be a good fit? Take that to the next level. Check out their website, portfolio, blog, and social media. Do they have any work that is already representative of you or your vision for your wedding? Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for someone who is on top of it and invested in their business. This is your opportunity to get a solid grasp of their philosophy and style, along with their “brand voice” and how they communicate. Has their work ever been published in any blogs or even in print? Peek for the ‘featured on’ badges on their websites.

Meet up in person.  Ask great questions.

Once your schedule an in-person meeting, be sure to come with a list of questions. This is your chance to talk to the person that could be managing your day about your concerns. Going into an interview with zero foresight is bound to leave you feeling stressed, so take a little bit of time before the meeting to write down what matters most to you and your fiancé. For example, does your planner have experience working at your particular venue or with any of your already chosen vendors? How often will you meet and communicate throughout the planning process? Does your planner work alone or are they going to show up on the day of your wedding with a crew of assistants?

If you want some additional reassurance, check online reviews, and don’t be afraid to ask a wedding planner for a list past client references. Most planners will be more than happy to hand one over.

Carefully read the contract

When considering how to find a wedding planner, perhaps the most important point is to read up on that contract. Every. Last. Detail. YALL. Yes, it’s boring to weed through pages of paperwork but it’s so critical to understand what services you’re actually getting so there are no surprises along the way. Make sure you’re aware of how this particular planner handles things like pricing and/or additional fees, day-off set-up, breaking down an event, and what their backup plan includes for inclement weather.

Ensure your personalities mesh

Here it is. Again. You want to hire a wedding planner that you are going to honest-to-goodness enjoy working with. This is someone you’ll be spending quite a bit of time with leading up to the wedding, so make sure it’s a relationship that is going to blend seamlessly on both a professional and personal level.

When in doubt, stop. What is your intuition telling you, really? Ask yourself this: is this a person you will feel comfortable with metaphorically (or even literally) holding your hand during one of the biggest days of your life. If you are thinking yes, WOOO! Go ahead and sign that paperwork because you’ve found the another vendor who’s right for you.