3 Big Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing the PERFECT Destination Wedding Planner
So you’re getting married in beautiful Wine Country – what’s the next step to begin planning your dream wedding? Finding the perfect wedding planner is often one of the first tasks couples choose to do. If Wine Country isn’t your home turf, but rather a destination, chances are you are not on a first-name basis with the wedding vendor community, including the planners available for hire. There are many mistakes that we’ve seen couples make that we wish could be avoided, so we’ve got you covered to make sure you ask the right questions from the start and book the perfect destination wedding planner for you!
Not Setting a Budget
One of the biggest mistakes we see couples make as they start their planning process is NOT settling on a budget. In most cases, your wedding will not cost what you planned. Some unexpected expenses may come up down the line, or you may get lucky and have some items come in under budget. The issue with going into a planning meeting with no budget is that there almost always is an amount a couple is willing or able to spend. Deciding on your budget before meeting with potential vendors and planners, will save you time and potential heartache by seeing something that you can not afford. Everything for your wedding from the venue, the food, the flowers, to the planning services you hire fluctuate significantly in price. You are doing yourself a disservice if your planner is not only aware of your expectations and vision, but what you’re willing to pay for it.
Not Choosing an Experienced Local
Some couples may be cautious of hiring a planner that they’ve never met before, thinking, “With something so important as my wedding day, how can I trust a stranger to handle all the important details on my big day?” While your relationship with the wedding planner is new, producing successful events is nothing new to your planner. Selecting a local and experienced planner where you plan to get married is a smarter choice than bringing a friend from home along for the wedding and tasking them with the planning. Your planner has produced multiple successful events in your area, knows all the tips and tricks, local lodging, vendors, and activities that are going to set your wedding apart. Trust in someone who knows the area well, and can produce the wedding of your dreams.
Not Picking a Personality
Finding someone experienced is high on the list of needs when selecting a planner, but there has to be something said for having a good vibe with the person as well. Sometimes, personalities don’t match well, and it’s nothing to be said about your character or theirs, it’s just not a good fit. Your wedding is such a unique and intimate event that it’s essential to work with someone you enjoy your time with for the months leading up to the wedding.
About the author: Milestone Events Group is Northern California’s most experienced Wine Country Wedding Experts & largest event management company providing site selection services to multiple locations throughout Sonoma County. Over the past 6 years Milestone has helped hundreds of couples simplify the venue selection process by providing clarity, predictability and ultimately confidence for clients who work with them to evaluate wineries, ranches, and other locations for their private events.
After the venue selection process is complete, Milestone is also available to help produce events in a stress reduced and highly professional manner. www.MilestoneEventsGroup.com