You just got engaged so naturally you are sent into a frenzy of browsing magazines and wedding websites to get all of your ideas together for the wedding of your dreams. It is exciting and intoxicating in the beginning, but suddenly you are overwhelmed by a mound of decisions that you can't seem to begin to make. That's when you may decide to hire a wedding planner to help you put your wedding details together.
A good wedding planner can help you pick out a location, hire vendors, negotiate contracts, and coordinate all of the little details so you'll be able to relax and actually enjoy the planning process. But, how do you find a good wedding planner? By asking the right questions.
Here are 6 questions to ask while interviewing your potential wedding planner:
1. How many clients do you take in a year? How many do you expect to have during the month of our wedding?
High-end planners book no more than 1-2 wedding per month, whereas day-of coordinators book about 3-4 weddings per month. If the wedding planner you are interviewing doesn't have a reasonable amount of time to dedicate to planning your wedding, they won't be a good fit. In order to plan your wedding you should be given the availability that you deserve, make sure this question is at the top of your list.
2. How do you typically communicate with clients?
We have all heard horror stories about hiring a wedding planner and not hearing from them for weeks at a time. Before you sign any contract with a wedding planner, make sure you know exactly how you will be getting in contact with them and how often. The planning process is stressful enough, you don't need to be worrying constantly about the whereabouts of your wedding planner too.
3. Do you work alone or with a team?
If you are expecting 200 people at your wedding, just a one person team isn't going to cut it. It is crucial to know if your wedding planner has a team that can handle your guest list. Make sure you feel certain that your planner will have more than enough support to handle every detail of your wedding by the end of your meeting.
4. Describe the most challenging wedding that you planned. How did you handle the problems that came up?
Even though our expectations are always at the highest for our events, there's still a chance that something could go wrong. By asking this question, you are able to collect information on how this wedding planner would handle a crisis. You want to hire a planner that has no fear and can take on any obstacle. Listen carefully as they tell you their wedding planning horror story to know if they are the wedding planner for you.
5. Are there any additional fees?
How many times have you thrown an event and realized after everything was all booked that you were charged more than you expected to be? The worst part is that you have no idea where the additional charges even came from. That is why this question is a must-ask. Asking upfront whether or not there will be any additional fees is the best way to either avoid them all together or decide if they could benefit your big day.
6. Are there any questions that you have for me?
During your visit with your potential planner, keep in mind that they should have questions for you as well. You're not the only one who should be trying to get to know someone; they should be trying to get to know you too. You both need to know if it's a good match, especially since you'll be spending about a year together planning your wedding.
Asking these questions guarantees working with a good wedding planner! Get your interviews started!