Are you interested in hiring a planner for your wedding day? You aren't the only one. According to the Wedding Planner Institute, 27% of engaged couples hire a professional event or wedding planner. With this considered, you must choose the right planner for your needs and desires. Below we've highlighted five questions to ask possible candidates to help narrow down your options and help you pick the perfect one.
1. Can You Work on My Wedding Date?
First things first, you need to ensure that a planner is available on your wedding day. If you already have a wedding date set, then the candidate is a no-go if they aren't available, and it's probably a good idea to look at other options. On the contrary, if you don't have a wedding day set and can be flexible with dates, then talk to the planners, see which dates are available for them, and set your date accordingly.
2. What Services Do You Offer?
Depending on the type of wedding you want to have, you may be looking for specific services that the planners offer. Some wedding planners specialize in destination weddings and have experience with situating logistics. On the other hand, some wedding planners are very type A and emphasize their coordination abilities with their services.
3. How Many People Are on Your Staff?
Each wedding planner has a unique staff that they use for your wedding. Examples of this include stylists, assistants, and coordinators. Consider if these staffing members are a vital aspect of your planner to provide. These individuals can be especially useful on the big day when the planner might need an extra hand. If you think these staff members aren't necessary, then it's good to know that too.
4. How Much Experience Do You Have?
Experience is an essential part of a successful planner. In the world of weddings, the best training is hands-on, and it's essential that the person you hire can handle the unexpected twists that a wedding day can bring. Make sure you fully understand their expertise and skills.
5. Do You Have References?
Every planner should have a reference list ready to go when you ask. This list should include recent clients' contact information. Ensure that you thoroughly research and listen carefully to past clients' reviews. This process can ensure that you get a second opinion about the candidate's strengths in the field.
Start your search for the perfect wedding planner today and be confident that your big day will be seamless with this professional help! For qualified professionals with experience, don't hesitate to reach out to the team at Ivory Foundry Weddings & Events.