Getting engaged is truly exciting! The few days after you might find yourself looking at websites and bridal magazines looking for ideas and wedding inspiration. You will see so many wedding ceremony ideas, color palettes, reception ideas, it’s a whole new world when it comes to wedding planning!
At this point, you may choose to be a ninja and go at it alone-Like I did or you and your fiance might choose to hire a professional wedding planner.
If you choose to go for a wedding planner, here are a few tips to help you work out this important relationship as you work out your big day.
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The good thing about getting the right wedding planner is that they may save you on the stress of running around, they may get you better deals with vendors and ultimately save you money and time.
Set Up an Interview
Setting up an interview will help you weed out jokers from your agenda. Any serious wedding planner will be more than willing to set up a meeting and give you the opportunity to get to know them. Their enthusiasm will enable you gauge their energy towards you as a client.
Be armed with questions that will help you know your planner so that you are not setting up yourself for a disaster.
~Get to know your planner. Ask about how long they have been in the industry. Find out what made them want to be a wedding planner. Ask if they have any certifications or accreditation and whether they are members of any associations.
~What services does your wedding planner offer? Find out what your wedding planner is willing to do for you. Are they going to handle all other vendors for you or do you still need to hire some vendors yourself?
~Have they worked at your venue? It is important to find out if your wedding planner has worked at your wedding venue. It will be easy to create a vision for your wedding if your planner has worked there before.
Getting Down to Business
Once you have had a successful meeting and are satisfied it is now time to get down to business. Find out how your planner charges and be mindful to ask for a contract . Discuss payment plans and whether deposits are required.
The wedding planning industry is one where references are important. Ask your planner to provide you a list of references to show you that they have actually successfully worked on any weddings.
Relax, now you have a few tips to help you start out your wedding planning.
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