6 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Wedding Planner

Picking a wedding planner is an important decision in regards to planning your big day, and while J.Lo’s character, Mary Fiore, from “The Wedding Planner” may not be available to help make your dreams come true, asking these six questions can help you determine what you’re looking for to make your decision a little easier.

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1/ Cost
Knowing how much their services cost is extremely important when interviewing a potential planner. While your visions for your special day may align, if the price points don’t, you may have to explore other options. Ask for a breakdown of his/her services to ensure that there are no surprises when you receive your bill and to make sure they fit into your budget.

2/ Resume
Asking what kind of experience your potential wedding planner has had is crucial to understanding their qualifications. What kind of weddings have they done before? If you’re planning a big wedding and the wedding planner that you’re interviewing has only ever planned smaller weddings, they may not be a good fit for you and your spouse.

3/ Vision
Having a wedding planner that shares your vision is important in making sure everything turns out like you’ve ever dreamed. Ask what type of weddings they prefer to do and see if they have experience in planning the type of wedding you’re looking for. If you’re looking for rustic and they only have experience doing elegant, modern weddings then you may have to say “next.”

4/ Damage control
As Maroon 5 once said, “it’s not always rainbows and butterflies, it’s compromise that moves us along.” This popular song lyric rings true. On the outside, a wedding can look like an effortless day full of love, happiness and joy. However, there is sure to be some sort of malfunction or drama, so having a wedding planner with experience in damage control—whether it be a bossy bridesmaid or an over-involved mother-in-law—is key. Ask them what types of conflicts they’ve dealt with the in past and what the result was.

5/ Involvement
How involved do you want your planner to be in your wedding and how involved do they want to be? It’s important to establish these boundaries to make sure that you don’t over or under rely on them to help make your special day memorable and fun.

6/ Relationships
Hiring a wedding planner with good relationships with a variety of venues, vendors, cater companies and more can help make the big day go a lot smoother. Having someone that’s able to reach out to one of these key players with ease, makes it less stressful for you and your spouse to try and find referrals and do hours of research.

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