After You Decide To Use A Professional - How Do You Pick The Right One?
Finding prospective wedding planners is the easiest part of the process. You can find them on the Internet, in the phone book and by talking to friends and colleagues. The last route is a good one because when they do have a name to give they can also usually tell you about the person and their work. Without the reference of a trusted individual, you'll be left making a kind of educated guess.
It's always wise to go into a situation with a plan. Your plan for picking a wedding planner is going to be a list of what you want from the person you pick. With that in mind you can better evaluate how likely each person is to provide you with what you want.
So, what should you be looking for in a wedding planner?
1. A wedding planner should relieve stress. The planner should make it possible for the bridge and groom to focus on their day. For this to work, you will need to trust the person. Realistically, you'll probably know if you trust the planner within minutes of the meeting. Follow your instinct. You cannot force trust if it doesn't want to exist.
2. A wedding planner should be sensitive to your budget. Most people know someone who had a nightmare experience of a planner who pushed and manipulated a couple into overspending on their wedding. Your planner should respect, and stick to, the budget you have.
3. If you are planning to have your ceremony out-of-state, your planner should be familiar with the area in which you wish your hold your wedding.
4. It is your wedding; you're going to have dreams and desires of things that you want to see happen. Your planner should be sensitive to those. However, you need to understand that you haven't hired a planner to give you the wedding "of our dreams," but rather you have hired a planner to give you give the best wedding possible. Sometimes, that means axing some of your ideas.
5. Your planner should have connections inside related industries such as music, catering, decorations, etc. Talk to your prospective planner about those connections; find out what type of connections they can have and what they mean for your wedding.
6. Due to their experience, a planner should be able to anticipate problems and develop pro-active salutations. Once you're discussed the kind of wedding you're thinking of, ask the planner what plans are anticipated for it. Unless you're the type of person who ought to be planning weddings yourself, there will probably be holes in the plan that you haven't foreseen.
7. Finally, your sense of taste and your planner's sense of taste should match. When they don't, the planner should be able to adopt your sense of taste...within reason. Let's face it, we don't all have taste that is, well, tasteful. At the every least, your planner should discuss this with you and reach compromises.