Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now comes the hard part – planning the wedding. Planning a wedding can be stressful under ideal circumstances, and overwhelming under less than ideal circumstances (Covid, anyone?!). If you’ve decided to hire a wedding planner to assist you, (see my post “Should I hire a wedding planner?) you’ll want to find the perfect person to plan your perfect day. Here are the most important questions to ask a wedding planner to see if they’ll be a good fit. If you know you will not want a wedding planner(or want to keep track of the planning yourself), check our “Wedding Planner” tab on the blog to get a gorgeous 40+ page printable planner!
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1. What do your services include?
Some planners will help you from the very beginning – picking a venue and everything through sending thank you notes (find my favorites here!) and picking favors. Others might help with the planning, but not the actual wedding day. Some will organize and contact vendors. It’s important to have decided what you want your wedding planner to do before you speak with them. Then see if their services match up with your expectations.
2. How much do your services cost?
A wedding planner should be included in your wedding budget if you have decided to hire one. Some planners are willing to offer their services a la carte (if you only need help with certain aspects of planning) and some have a flat rate that includes everything. Again, it’s important to have already decided what you want the wedding planner to help with.
3. Do you have a list of vendors that you already have a relationship with?
A wedding planner that has been in the business for any amount of time likely has certain vendors that they’ve worked with before. They should keep a list or brochure of the ones that were pleasant and easy to work with. Keep in mind that for some vendor categories (DJs for example), a planner might only know one or two vendors so your options are more limited. However, they might have a list of 10 different catering companies that they already know and love for you to choose from! Get our free wedding planning timeline to know what vendors to book and when to book them!
4. How many meetings will we have before the wedding?
Some planners will want to meet once a month leading up to the wedding. Some more, some less. Make sure you are comfortable with the level of contact and checking up that the planner will do.
5. Do you handle the payment of the vendors?
Will you (the client) pay the vendors and planner separately, or will the planner transfer money to vendors?
6. What happens if you are sick on the day of the wedding?
Unfortunately the world we live in right now is a little unreliable with sickness. Even minor symptoms can prevent someone from leaving their home. Make sure they have someone trustworthy that can step in for them if they are sick! Download a free checklist of all the questions to ask your wedding day coordinator!
7. Do you have references?
It’s always nice to hear from satisfied clients what you can expect from the planner.
If you can think of any other important questions to ask a wedding planner, please leave them in the comments to help us all!
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