Shopping for a wedding planner, well any vendor really, is just like shopping for the perfect dress. You may have to try on a few different ones before finding the right one. You have to find one that not only looks good, but it feels good. Not just do you like what you see in the pictures of their work, but do your personalities mesh? So, what’s the best way to make sure you’ve found the right planner? Ask these top five questions!
How many weddings have you done and have any been at my venue?
You want to make sure your wedding day vendor team is composed of experienced professionals. At Bustld, we require all of our listed wedding planners to have worked at least 10 weddings to ensure they are qualified. If they haven’t worked at your venue, it’s not a deal breaker but it definitely helps when your planner already knows the space and set up requirements at your venue.
What are your different packages?
Most planners will have a few different packages ranging from coordination to full planning and somewhere in between. Understand the differences between each package, like how many planning meetings are included, if any design work is involved, if vendor recommendations are included, if any consultations or vendor meetings are involved and so on. Ask about directing rehearsal and the number of hours included for various meetings and on wedding day. Find out exactly what set up and responsibilities they take on wedding day and how many people are on their wedding day team.
How many weddings do you take on at a time and in one weekend?
Your planner should have other weddings booked, but you also don’t want a planner who takes on a wedding every weekend, they will likely be very burned out. Their calendar will also be impossible to get into! As far as how many weddings they work in a weekend, some companies have more than one planner on their team, so if they take more than one wedding a weekend understand how it’s broken down. If there is only one planner at the company and they take more than one wedding over one weekend, that might raise a red flag.
Will you be my planner?
Like we just touched on, it’s possible the company will have more than one planner on their team. If that’s the case, check and ask who is available on your date. If it’s not the planner you had a consultation with, you might want to set up a consultation call with the planner that would work on your wedding before committing just to be sure your personalities mesh well!
How do you make vendor recommendations?
There are a few ways this question could be answered. If you are looking at a coordination package, chances are you don’t need help with vendor recommendations and if you do, the package won’t include personalized recommendations. Planners should have some sort of preferred vendor list of vendors they work with frequently, but it won’t be tailored to your style or wishes. If you are looking for partial or full planning that includes vendor recommendations, you want a planner who will search for vendors all over that will match your preferred style, budget and wedding date, not just the vendors on their preferred list.
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