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How to Choose a Wedding Planner

Looking for the perfect wedding planner typically takes a bit of effort, but watching your dream wedding pull together makes all your hard work worthwhile. Here are tips to help you cut down on any stress that may come with looking, and find a planner you will absolutely love.

Do Your Research

Go to your prospective planners’ websites to scan photos of recent weddings they’ve handled and help narrow down your list. See if elements such as d?cor, lighting and colors are cohesive and if there’s an overreaching style that the weddings have. This maybe what the planner is most experienced with, so decide if you’re happy with it. Also look for information about the planning services they provide, their previous clients, any industry awards they have received and membership in professional associations.
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Calling Your Favorite Picks
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Ring your top three or four picks and inquire about their availability, pricing and the cost of the average weddings they handle. If their answers match your budget and your own plans, arrange appointments with each of them.

Preparing for the Initial Meeting

Make it a point to bring with you pictures and other materials (magazine tear outs, Internet printouts, etc. During your first meeting, ask them about the weddings and perhaps other events they’ve done, and try to observe their personalities. Think you can have a harmonious and productive working relationship with them? Tell them about your favorite colors or flowers and pay attention to they respond. Enthusiasm is important.

Calling Their Past Clients

Don’t be pressured to hire any planner on the spot. Take your time calling their references and ask them a few questions, such as:

> How closely did they keep to your budget?
> Can you send me a few photos from your wedding? This is an effective way checking the planner’s general consistency and professionalism.

Planners’ portfolios contain their best work, and, definitely, they’ll refer you to couples they know were happy with their services, so search online for other real weddings they’ve managed.

> Did the wedding turn out to be exactly as you wanted?

> Did they respond quickly to your phone calls, emails or SMS, and were they easy to work with?

> How did the wedding go according to your guests?

> Were there any issues, and how were they resolved?

Sealing the Deal

Take your time comparing quotes, impressions, notes and formal proposals (planners must draft their general vision for your wedding as well as their intended services in the form of a written proposal, which will then be the basis for drafting your contract). As soon as you’ve found your planner, call them right away and express your desire to move forward and review a contract.