A wedding planner is one of the most important vendors that you will be hiring for your big day. If you do not hire someone that you mesh well with or someone that is not experienced, then you may run into some problems. These are the top 10 questions that you need to ask before booking your wedding planner.
How many weddings do they plan per year, and do they schedule weddings on the same weekend as yours? This is a good thing to ask because you want to know if your wedding planner is going to have the time to dedicate to your wedding. Most planners only accept a limited number of weddings to make sure that quality is not sacrificed over quantity.
Do they have experience? This is a must-ask question because you want to know what you are getting into. If you are working with an inexperienced planner, then there is a greater chance for things to go wrong. When first starting out, I made sure to let a potential client know that I was just starting out as a wedding planner. That way, everyone is on the same page.
What services do they offer? A wedding planner means different things to different people. For some, it means that they will help you with the wedding decor, and for others, it means that they will help with wedding day logistics. Make sure that to have a good understanding of the services they offer and determine if it is a good fit for you.
What is it like working with them? This question can often go overlooked, but it is important to ask to determine if your personalities and styles are a match. There is nothing worse to sign the contract and make the deposit only to find out that you are not compatible.
Are they available on your wedding date? This one may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how often this question gets overlooked. It is not pleasant to talk with a planner and fall in love with them just to find out that they are booked on your special day.
Do you have a preferred vendors list? This is where planners can shine as they have cultivated long lasting relationships with these vendors. They are vendors that have worked with before and trust and will probably be able to get you a good deal because of it.
Will they be present at all vendor meetings? This is important to ask if you are looking for a more hands on approach, and it is better to know upfront what the planner will and will not do.
Do they work solo or with a team? This is especially important if you are having a large wedding where extra hands may be needed.
Do they take a commission from vendors that they refer? This is a great question to ask because if they do accept a commission for referring a vendor, then they may just be referring vendors to make a buck without truly taking your style, personality, or budget in mind.
Are there any additional fees? This question is great for every vendor category and not only applies to wedding planners. It will help you to understand all the costs involved and not just the initial quote price. Additional fees can be things like mileage or reimbursement for items that were needed and the planner purchased for you. These are all the little things to think about that can add up quickly.