Hiring a Wedding Planner is no doubt a very personal experience. You are bringing in an outsider to be a part of planning one of the most intimate and personal moments of your life. When we start the consultation process with a potential client, it's very important for us to feel like we are the right match for them and vice versa. It's important that we feel we have the similar values, priorities and work styles. All of these make the process not only fun - but efficient and simple. These are 5 questions that we are always sure to address with our prospective clients during the process, and we encourage you to ask them to any Wedding Planners you are speaking with as well. They will help you feel comfortable working with them long-term and will help ensure your personalities blend (not just design aesthetic).
How will we communicate?
As with any relationship - great communication is extremely important between you and your Wedding Planner. In order to make decisions, meet deadlines and be on the same page, you need to be able to communicate effectively and efficiently. Think about how you prefer to communicate. Are you on email all day and able to get back at any notice? Perhaps you have a job where email is tough and texting or phone calls are better. Think about what your lifestyle is and what method you prefer from your Planner.
Who will be on-site with us?
The majority of the time the Wedding Planner you are speaking with will be the person on-site with you on the day-of, but it's still important to confirm who it will be. In addition, asking what their resources are for replacement if for any reason they are not able to be there is an important question to consider. You want to make sure you feel comfortable and trust the person that will be with you during this intimate moments!
What are their priorities?
Priorities are a very important part of the Wedding planning process for you and for Wedding Planners. There are so many decisions that need to be made and often in quick moments, so ensuring you are on the same page with what is important on the day-of is key to a successful partnership. For example, if your priority is to ensure you can focus on your friends and family and not worry about all the details, make sure that your Planner will be there with you from start to finish and that their priority is to be there for you AND your family!
Scope/Services - what's included?
Most Wedding Planners have clear and concise packages that outline what's included in their pricing, however be sure that you understand how many meetings and consultations that includes. An "all-inclusive" package should be unlimited, but some Planners stick to a structure they outline for your planning and additional needs may result in extra fees. Everyone structures it a little differently so be sure to talk it out!
Why are they a Wedding Planner?
This may feel like a cheesy question, but never underestimate passion in a Wedding Planner. Again - this is a very important day in your life - and you want to ensure you have someone that cares deeply about what they do. This may help you get a sense of their personality as well which can confirm with you whether it would be a good match.