When looking for wedding planning help, it doesn’t take long to realize how large the task of planning your wedding really is. According to a 2010 survey by TheKnot.com, nearly 50 percent of brides reported that planning their wedding was more stressful than they thought it would be.
With an average of $27,000 spent on weddings in the U.S. in 2010, a lot of money is on the line. Time too, especially as the wedding draws near. An expert wedding planner will save his or her client time and money, while allowing them to be gracious hosts and experience the full joy of their celebration.
Once you’ve made the decision to hire a professional to help you coordinate the task of planning your wedding day, then the challenge is finding your perfect match.
When interviewing wedding planners for wedding planning help, make sure to ask a few key questions:
- How long have you been in business?
- What kind of certifications do you have?
- Do you have staff or back-up system for the day-of coordination?
- How much of your business growth comes from client referrals?
- Do you have vendor referrals?
- Can you commit to, and work within, my budget?
- How do you stay organized?
- Will you coordinate delivery, arrival, and setup times with vendors?
- Will you read through vendor contracts for me? What are things to look out for?
Also make sure that the planner is asking you a lot of questions, not just about guest list and budget, but about you and your fiancé’s relationship, your style and personality. It’s important that you feel comfortable with your wedding planner, and that they are able to “see” your vision.
If a wedding planner seems bossy and tells you what you should be doing or encourages you to increase your budget, move on to the next one. Your wedding planner should be your advocate and support system when it comes to hiring wedding planning help, so make sure they are on your team!
Once you feel that you “click” with a wedding planner, the next step is to make sure they are extremely organized, certified and experienced. On top of all of that, they need to be able to stay calm under pressure and have outstanding people skills. After all, they’re going to be the ones talking with vendors, reviewing contracts and handling day-of surprises.