The Questions You Need to Ask a Potential Wedding Planner Before You Hire Them
It is one of the biggest days of your life, the day you will marry your dream man. The months leading up to that momentous event can be stressful and are usually filled with details of booking venues, vendors and entertainment. Hiring a wedding planner can help take away some of that pressure of putting together the wedding of your dreams. For the most part, they have connections you don't have and the experience to create something you will always remember.
Once you have completed the legwork of searching for a planner, it's time to get to know them. There are some questions you need to ask any potential professional before you hire them.
What Is Their Specialty Regarding Weddings?
A wedding planner tends to have a specific niche or specialty when it comes to planning weddings. For example, there are planners who only deal in creating destination weddings or medieval themed weddings among others. They may focus on elaborate floral displays or finding the most unique chairs and decor possible. You can usually get a hint of this by checking out their website and viewing the pictures there of previous weddings they have planned. It is a good idea to ask them if they let you take more of a lead or will give suggestions surrounding their own particular style.
Is There a Minimum Budget They Work With?
When doing your research for your perfect planner, you are going to find there are certain professionals who only deal in more elite weddings, so the minimum budget they will work with could be about $40,000 or up. If you can't get a sense of this from their website, then when you interview them, ask them if they have a minimum budget they will work with.
What Venues Do They Prefer?
Some wedding planners will work in just about any venue you can think of, while others have specific ones they will deal with. If you would like your wedding to take place in a 4-star hotel or resort, you might want a planner who has ties or experience in negotiating deals with hotels. You might like a more simple or country style type wedding, and it's best to find a planner who knows how to source electrical equipment your vendors will need or how to decorate a beach setting, or barn exactly how you imagined it.
It is a good idea to compile a list of questions ahead of meeting with potential wedding planners and ask the questions that are relevant to your perfect day.