You only get married once and you want your wedding to be nothing less than perfect. However, planning a wedding is a daunting task and you may not know where and how to start: a wedding planner is the answer to your doubts. Here are some tips for choosing the most appropriate one for you:
1. Do your homework well
Google different wedding inspiration and bookmark them on Instagram and Pinterest. Make a list of the planners that you think match your style and expectations. Give due consideration to the type of weddings they specialise in, the average cost of a wedding, their speciality, and their experience - which is the most important thing!
2. Shortlist of the best ones
Select the top five wedding planners that fit perfectly for your event. Don’t forget to ask those key questions about the specific planning services they offer, available dates, their price range, the experience they have working with your location and their background.
3. Arrange a meeting with them
When you meet for the first time, it’s always advisable to take all your inspiration and ideas from magazine clippings and photos. This will give them an idea of what you are expecting. Talk to them, ask about the events they have done, get an idea about their personalities and, remember, this might be the person you are going to be with a lot for the upcoming months. Discuss openly what you have in mind, feel the vibes, you will immediately get an idea of how open or rigid they are regarding your opinions.
4. Don’t make any hasty decisions
You met this planner and they were awesome! But don’t finalise just yet. Ask around, find more references and get an idea about how they will actually conduct the whole event. Could they turn your ideas into reality properly? Can they get better deals for you? What is the size of their team? Will they insist on using their own vendors? Get answers to these questions from people who have hired their service before.
5. Select your favourite one
A good wedding planner will take much of the stress out of planning your big day. They will turn your dreams into a reality and will come up with new ideas. After checking all the references, matching prices, comparing working styles and doing enough research, considering your budget, venue and expectations, it’s time to pick the one for you. Select wisely, this person is going to plan and organise the biggest day of your life. No excuses allowed!
Have multiple thorough discussions with your wedding planner about how you want things to be. And then trust them to make the right decisions for your wedding. After all, they’re the experts. Also, make sure you have the finalized details sent to you over email so that at the time of billing their services, there are no discrepancies. Tell us in the comments how hassle-free did hiring a wedding planner make things for you.