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Wedding Planner Hiring Tips

If you’ve experienced planning a wedding, you should know how challenging it can be. What’s great is that hiring a professional planner can help immensely. But of course, you can’t just have the first one who comes along. There are concrete steps you have to take to ensure that you end up with the right one.

Visit local planners’ websites for photos of their most recent projects to help you pare down your list of prospects. Colors, lighting, decor, and all other elements must create a unified look, and if you find a style that is shared by all the weddings they’ve organized, make sure it’s in line with what you want. If not, you can always ask them to around your own specific preferences, although there won’t be any history to prove that they can execute them well.

Check with your favorites.

Give your top three or four picks a call and confirm the types of planning services they offer, their date availability, and their pricing . If their answers seem to be a good fit for your plans and your budget, set an appointment with them individually. Have some magazine tear-outs in handy, as well as pictures from other weddings you like and any other items that can help the planner understand what you want exactly for your wedding. And see to it that you have a list of relevant questions on hand. Observe them as they give you their answers. Picture yourself working closely with them for a number of months. Tell them about the results you want to see, your preferred theme or style, and see watch their response. They should show enthusiasm in discussing your ideas instead of just dismissing them.

Don’t feel that you have to commit to a planner on the spot. In fact, take time to ask important questions, such as:

Did the planner stick to the budget? Were you satisfied with how the planner executed your ideas?

How easy was it to get in touch with them?

Did you like working with the planner overall?

What did your guests think about the outcome of the wedding?

Were there any problems, and if so, how were these handled?

Make a decision.

Compare the planners you’ve shortlisted, referring to their submitted estimates for the most part. If they’re unwilling to give you a formal written estimate, strike them off your list. And once you’ve agreed on all terms and conditions, make sure they provide a final contract. This document will protect you if you feel that the planner has shortchanged you at the end of the event. Finally, don’t pay the full amount upon signing the contract. It is the norm to make a down payment for initial costs (labor, materials, etc.) while the remaining amount may be settled after the wedding.

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