In our first post in how to choose a wedding planner, I talked about what to look for during the research phase of searching for a wedding planner. Now that you’ve narrowed the field to some contenders, here’s what to consider.
If the wedding planner or designer’s photos all showcase elaborate weddings and you want a rustic wedding, they may not be for you. Now, a planner may very well be capable of executing your vision even if the person hasn’t done it before — perhaps they’ve never been asked — but Robert and I preferred someone who naturally gravitated toward decor similar to our vision.
This gave us pause because it indicated to us a lack of creativity. This may not matter if you love the style of all the weddings they’ve done, but I was looking for someone capable of thinking outside the box, and I wanted to see evidence of that.
When you interview a wedding planner, be upfront about your budget and what you want for it. Ask them whether they could execute what you envision within your budget. If they can’t, decide whether your expectations are realistic. If you feel they are, look for someone more accustomed to working within your budget.
It helps if your planner knows contacts at your venue and is familiar with the space. We had an unusual situation in that our venue went through a major renovation this year. No one we talked to had worked at the space post-renovation and many hadn’t pre-renovation. We decided that of all the issues, working with the venue previously mattered least to us. You may feel differently, so determine what’s most important to you upfront.
You’ll be asking a lot of questions while planning your wedding, so take note of how the planners respond to your first questions, whether over email, by phone or in an interview. If over email, did they respond quickly enough for you? Were their responses to the point or expansive? Which do you prefer? As a meticulous person, I wanted someone equally meticulous, so I looked for responses in this vein.
Again, you need to determine how important this is to you. You may have vendors in mind already and won’t need much help. That’s how I felt. That said, my wedding planner highly recommended one florist, and we went with her without bothering to look elsewhere. It made it so much easier. And because our planner is helping with the design of our wedding, I liked the idea of her working with someone she had a rapport with.
This one’s a little squishy but important. If you feel they aren’t getting what you have in mind, you need to either explain yourself better — pictures speak louder than words, so feel free to send them a link to your Pinterest boards — or look for another planner.
It’s easy to get distracted by photos of decor, but organization and knowledge is just as important, if not more. In fact, your guests are less likely to remember your decorations than they are the fact they had to wait in line for 30 minutes to get food or something of that nature. Don’t be afraid to pick a wedding planner’s mind during the interview process. Obviously, they can’t give away all their secrets, but if you have a particular concern about your wedding, ask how they’d handle it. Their response should give you a sense of their knowledge.
This is someone you’ll be working with closely over an extended amount of time. It helps if you like them.Pin It