Depending on your budget and needs, you can contract:
- a full-service planner to arrange every detail
- someone to assist you only in choosing your wedding location and vendors
- a day-of coordinator (which really means 30 days to 2 months prior)
Even though hiring a planner is an added cost, they often end up saving you money in the long run. And no doubt about it, the right planner can save you time and stress. Your Wedding Planner will be your point person every step of the way therefore there is so much more that should go into selecting this person than just the prices of their services. You will want to find someone who is organized, professional but also makes you feel at ease and who you can trust with your best interests. Your initial interview should really be a conversation. A good consultant will have plenty of questions for you in order to figure out your wishes, needs, budget and so on.
After your interview is complete, ask yourselves:
- Did we feel heard?
- Does the planner understand our vision?
- Did we get a strong sense that he/she will work with our budget?
- Was there a good connection and did our personalities mesh well?
With all this in mind, here are the key questions (and answers you should listen for) when you're hiring a wedding planner.