Wedding planning takes time, and sometimes important details are missed in the flurry of activity surrounding the ceremony. Having the assistance of a professional planner can reduce stress and also help you make sure no detail is missed for your big day. So how do you go about choosing the right planner for you? Consider a few important issues in wedding planning to make sure you choose the planner who can meet your needs and make your experience a pleasant one.
Your planner's personality is very important. During the course of making all those plans, you will be spending a significant amount of time with them. Your planner should be someone you would want to have friends with even if you were not planning to get married. If your personalities clash, you will not enjoy planning, and if your planner's personality overwhelms your own you'll feel you are not being heard. Make sure you find a planner that listens to your needs and understands your sense of style.
The services they provide need to line up with your needs. Not all planners offer the same things. Some specialize more in design while others focus more on keeping you organized. Of course, you can also find a planner that does it all, but those are harder to come by. You need to decide whether you want someone who will be your partner, your helper, or your leader. Once you know specifically what kind of help you need, you can choose a wedding planner.
Make sure they're experienced. They may not have done multiple events at your particular venue, but they need to have handled a fair number of ceremonies and receptions before. You do not need your ceremony to be the one they're learning on. Ask questions, ask for references, and make sure they know what they are doing. You can not afford to have your ceremony handled by an inexpereienced planner.
Take the time to figure out what your budget is going to be. You need to make sure you can afford a wedding planner to begin with. Make sure your planner understands and is willing to stick to your budget. A good planner can help you figure out where the best place is to use your available funds.
Your planner should have training and professional affiliations. Also, they should be respected within the event community. Pay attention to where they suggest you hold meetings. Do they have an office, do they come to you or do they suggest you meet at the local coffee shop? The planner should bring a portfolio of services with them, and it is also nice if they have photos of past work. They should also be up-front about their costs.
When planning a wedding, one of the most important things to do is to have fun. Planning for your big day should be enjoyable, not stressful. Your planner should be able to handle whatever services you need deal with, and all without complaint. Many brides became friends with their planners. Choose carefully, and you could too.