Do Your Home Work:
Search potential wedding planners’ websites for images of latest weddings they have planned to help narrow down your list. See whether elements like decor, color and lighting have a consistent look and if there is a similar style that all the weddings share. This is perhaps what the wedding planner is most reputable for, so decide if you love it. If all the weddings the wedding planner has put together look over the top and glamorous, and you are wanting a small and intimate gathering, they may not be the perfect planner for you. Moreover, look for information regarding the types of planning services they provide, client reviews, awards and membership in professional associations.
Prepare Your First Meeting:
Bring inspiration boards and Pinterest picks with you when you meet your potential wedding planner. At the first meeting, you want to get a sense of the quality of their weddings. Ask them questions regarding events they have done and checking their portfolios, but you are also looking at their personality. Is this someone you can work closely with for months at a time? Voice your ideas regarding your style and colors. The wedding planner should be receptive to your input. Ask if they are able to fulfill your vision. A professional wedding coordinator for couples must listen to your ideas and put them into practice. Your wedding should be unique and memorable.
Check Their References:
You should not feel pressure to choose a planner on the first visit. Take your time to call their references and ask the following questions:
- How closely can they work within your budget?
- Can they email pictures from your wedding?
- How well did they understand your ideas?
- Was the style of wedding exactly what you wished?
- What did they take care of for you (vendor meetings, guest list, setup and so on)?
- Do they have good vendor recommendations and link with other professionals?
- Did they respond fast to your emails or calls, and were they nice to work with?
- Did the wedding go smoothly, according to your guests?
- If anything goes wrong, how they will manage it?
Seal The Deal:
Take your time to compare and contrast costs, first impressions, notes, and if formal proposals (some wedding planners may summarize their general vision for your wedding & their planned services in the form of a proposal, which would then work as the basis for your agreement). Once you have found your perfect wedding planner, call them immediately to have a contract in place. As soon as you have signed the contract and made your deposit, let the wedding planning begin.