Professional Wedding Planner

How to Pick a Professional Wedding Planner



When you select a professional wedding planner, you are hiring a person to take care of the creative aspects of the wedding. If you are not an expert in design, whether it's interior decorating or fashion design, doing things yourself could result in a wedding that looks too simplistic or even unattractive. And even if you do have a talent for these things, if you work you may not have time to make the arrangements, since you would have to constantly be on the phone with a series of vendors. Additionally, a professional wedding planner knows how to do all of these things within an affordable budget. You just need to know the steps involved with selecting the best wedding planner. These steps are explained in greater detail below.

1. Find Wedding Planners Based on References and/or Testimonials

The first step you need to take to select a professional wedding planner is to find ones based on existing references and/or testimonials. If a particular wedding planner has a website, you can check the testimonials listed there, (if there are any). Hopefully, at least one of the testimonials should provide a phone number, email address or another form of contact information. Use this info to ask them what their experience was with the wedding planner in question.

If you want to select a professional wedding planner based on more references, consider starting a discussion on a wedding message board. Start a topic called "selecting professional wedding planners" and see what the members suggest.

2. Take Advantage of the Free Consultation

Once you have gathered wedding planners based on referrals, you need to proceed to next step for selecting a professional wedding planner. This involves attending their free consultation session, if they offer one. At the free consultation session, you'll be able to meet with them personally and see exactly what they have to offer. Be wary of wedding planners that don't offer free consultations. They could provide excellent services, but without a proper introduction, you are taking a risk using them. With a free consultation you know what to expect, upfront.

3. Determine Their Success

When selecting a wedding planner, you need to know how experienced and successful they are in the business. Wedding planners who can afford more sophisticated Yellow Pages listings, websites and other forms of advertising, probably are more successful than the person with simpler ads. Also take into consideration whether or not the wedding planner has their own office with employees, another indicator of their success level.

Does this mean you should never consider the 'little guy' who may not have had as much success? Of course not... though you need to put things in perspective. Wedding planners who are not as successful should offset things by offering lower prices, free consultations and other things that could attract buyers. Don't pay $2,000 for a wedding planner who's only done a couple of weddings, when you can pay the same price for a more experienced wedding planner who has done hundreds. However, also keep in mind wedding planners with fewer clients can spend more time concentrating on your wedding.

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