Every wedding planner tries to create a wonderful wedding day for their potential brides. And most are very good at what they do. But always consider several items before choosing the person responsible for your wedding day.
Here’s a couple things to look for when choosing a wedding planner or coordinator.
Look for a wedding planner who is flexible. People in the wedding industry are busy. But they should always make time for potential clients, as well as their existing clients. Make sure they can meet with you in the evenings and on some weekends. Keep in mind they may have other weddings scheduled, so try to work with them on meeting times that are convenient for both of you. Make sure they meet with you several times in person to discuss details and not just on the phone. This is the only way to get all the details correct.
Your wedding planner needs to be creative. Ask for ideas when meeting with your wedding planner. They are the experts. Once they know your wedding vision or theme, they should be able to add wonderful ideas to accent the day. If your planner doesn’t have a clue, this is a sign that you should move to the next planner.
Look for a wedding planner that provides extra skills, such as sewing. This is key! Every planner has a niche. You may find a planner that sells jewelry or orders invitations for you. There also may be a planner that does extra services such as calligraphy. But a major service to consider are alterations or embroidery. This is a service that I do in addition to my planning that saves a lot of money for my brides. I alter wedding gowns, mother and grandmother of the bride and groom dresses, along with bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits. I can also embroider wedding gown trains, alter scarves, along with my signature bridal handkerchiefs. This is what sets me apart from all the other planners in the St. Louis area.
You need a wedding planner that is very organized. You want your day organized without having to do the work. This is your day and you want to enjoy it. Leave the stress to the wedding planner. She/he should have all the details covered. All this information should be discussed in past meetings, so there is nothing left undone. When having a wedding planner your room layout and timeline should be perfect, and the look and feel of the wedding ceremony and reception should be in the planner’s soul. She should be able to take care of anything within her power to make the day go smoothly. An organized person makes the perfect celebration.
Make sure your wedding planner is a good fit for you and your wedding party. When picking your wedding planner make sure you ask questions. Make sure you are comfortable with the person you choose to orchestrate your day. A wedding planner has a big job to fill, so make sure she goes over all the details before your wedding day. Take all the extras she gives you and don’t hesitate to ask for something different. Your wedding coordinator will let you know if she can provide the extras with or without an extra charge.
And lastly, make sure your wedding planner has great communications skills and is timely in answering your questions. This is also very important. You want answers as quickly as possible. I would give the planner at least four to six hours to get back to you. This is mainly because she could be with another client or at another function. If she gets back sooner, all the better. If she waits over 24 hours, I would skip over that person and look further. One point I want to make is never pick your wedding planner with just an email. It is extremely important to meet and interview your planner in person.
Do not choose your planner based only on price. I know you’re on a budget. But you will be picking a person that you can rely on to make good decisions on all the details. You need to sit down with at least two to three wedding planners and find out more about how they can make your dream wedding come true. A good wedding planner will find out more about your vision and then explain how they can make this happen. Also, do not just go with the coordinator at your reception venue. They can only help you with the reception. A separate wedding planner will work and plan the entire day, including all the vendors, while working in conjunction with the venue coordinator. You will be much happier and less stressed when you hire a wedding planner for your wedding.
What do you look for when picking your wedding planner? Give me a call and let me know.