Congratulations! You’re engaged! You’re probably flipping through bridal magazines, checking out the hottest bridal websites, and creating some new wedding Pinterest boards to show your future bridesmaids. Maybe you’ve considered a professional wedding planner, maybe you never even thought of it. The truth of the matter is, a planner is a good investment to actually save money for your wedding day. Whether you choose to plan your wedding and just want a day-of-coordinator or want the full service, there are some tips and tricks on how to pick the wedding planner that right for your needs.
- Figure out your budget. This goes for anything in regards to your wedding; your dress, your cake, your venue, even the floral decorations. Have a full budget and then create smaller budgets for your needs. If you decide that a larger chuck of your budget will go to a planner because you need more help, a full or partial planner would work best. If your budget is smaller, try finding a day-of-coordinator who will help you during your big day and the month leading up to it. Remember, even though it seems like a planner is an added cost, a majority of the time they will end up saving you money and time. And time is money.
- Know your date and an idea of how many people you’d like to invite. These are the first two questions a planner will be asking you. This way, they already have an idea for what type of services you may need. And who knows, maybe they’re booked for that day and can’t help you in the first place! Try to have a date set before contacting planners so they can help you as much as you need the help.
- Go for the interview. There was obviously something about this planner that made you want to contact them in the first place. Some planners charge for the initial interview, some don’t, it’s just a matter of what company you’re considering. The interview is one of the most crucial parts of picking a planner. Here, you can get an idea of the knowledge they have, if you believe you can get along with them, and if you think they can do a great job planning your wedding. You wouldn’t hire someone for your business without interviewing them, right? Same goes for hiring a planner.
- Ask the right questions. You don’t want to be asking your potential planner questions that you might be asked for a job interview, this is your wedding day! If you have a venue in mind or booked, ask about the venue. See what type of connections they have with vendors, if they can save you money in the long run. There are a ton of websites out there that cover hundreds of questions you can ask to make sure this planner is the right fit for you.
- Go with your gut. If you get a great feeling after the interview, this planner might be perfect for you. If you leave feeling uneasy or unsure, talk to your fiance about it or don’t go with that planner. It’s all a matter of how well you mesh and how you feel regarding it. If you don’t feel confident going into it, you aren’t going to be happy later on.
It’s time to go for it. This is your big day and it should be perfect. You don’t want your mother, your sister, your maid or honor, or even worse, you, running around trying to figure out where the DJ is when you should all be enjoying yourselves. Look around, do some interviews, see where a planner can fit into your budget. You’ll thank me in the long run.