5 Things You NEED to Know Before Choosing Your Wedding Planner
As you start to plan your wedding, you will quickly find that there is a vast amount of information to absorb and navigate. How do you select the right vendors? What is the etiquette of seating? What arrangements do I need to make for our guests? The list goes on and on.
One of the first steps we recommend is hiring a wedding planner. There is a misconception that planners can be expensive, controlling, and not worth it. We are here to assure you that belief is wrong. They are in the business, know the ropes, and can help to take a lot of the planning pressure off of you so you can enjoy all aspects of your wedding. Below are five things to know when selecting a wedding planner.
1. Your Personal Needs: Think about your personal needs for the wedding and look at their services to make sure they do everything you need, and there are no surprises. A few examples of questions to consider:
- Do you need someone to manage a budget for you?
- Do you need someone to attend vendor appointments with/for you?
- Do you need someone to book vendors directly for you?
2. Budget: Knowing your budget early on is key to a successful wedding planning process. Are you looking for full-service wedding planning or just one for the month prior to your wedding? There are varying levels of services available, as well as different levels of expertise, and both of these factors will influence the overall price of your planning services.
3. Your Personalities Blending: Make sure you genuinely like your planner because you will be working a lot together. If you are a casual Boho kind of gal, make sure your planner is not an A++ type personality that will drive you nuts. And on the flip side, if an Excel spreadsheet and very detailed planning are what you need to feel comfortable, you are going to want the A+++ type coordinator.
4. Their Portfolio: With any service work, you want to vet your candidates to make sure they come with an experienced background, good references, and the best skill set for the job. You wouldn’t hire a contractor without checking these things first, and you shouldn’t hire a wedding planner without checking them either. Weddings are so unique that just like a caterer, florist, or photographer, a wedding planner may be more likely to take on a particular style of events. It’s worth checking their portfolio to see if they’ve produced weddings that look similar to the vision you’re hoping to have too.
5. Their Network: Tapping into their network of vendors can be a real value, and help narrow down how many vendors in each category you need to interview. They can point you in the direction of 1-3 florists, caterers, DJ, and bakers, and then you can decide from there. Also, the planners have strong relationships with the vendors and can ensure you get the best possible service from each of them.
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