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Deciding on a Wedding Planner? You Gotta Read This

getting a wedding planner can save you from a headachePlanning a wedding can be an epic event. You want to get everything just right, but there are so many things to take care of and most brides don’t have the knowledge and experience to choose things like the right venue and catering without a little help. Of course, one thing that can really limit your choices is your budget. This is something you should decide on right away because it can actually be very helpful as you move forward.

For instance, if you know that you only have $1,000 for the venue, then suddenly every venue that costs more than a thousand dollars is eliminated. It’s very important to decide on your budget from the beginning and stick with it. So many happy couples are willing to throw the budget out the window if they see something they really want but can’t afford. In the long run, you’ll be happier if you spend what you’ve planned to spend and avoid going into massive debt.

Wedding Planners…Yes or No?

That brings us to wedding planners. Do you really need one? You may have a favorite aunt, friend or mother-in-law who swears that she can do all the wedding planning herself and save you thousands of dollars. Though every situation is different, it’s up to you to decide if you trust this person well enough to let them plan your special day. Is this person dependable? Do they have good taste?

One simple method is to think about the decor in their own home. Do they have furnishings and decorations that you like? How do they dress? These can be valuable clues to help you decide if this person will be able to put together a wedding that you will love.

What so often happens is that the bride will be totally stressed out the whole time worrying about her aunt or mother-in-law getting all the details right. Since they are family, you may not have the courage to speak up if you see them making choices that you do not approve of. With a wedding planner you will not have that problem.

If your budget will allow it, then a wedding planner can be a valuable asset that will allow you to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the upcoming nuptials. Choosing the right wedding planner is another story. Below, we offer just a few tips that can help you make the choice that is right for you.

How Much Help Do You Need?

A wedding planner can help with just a few things or handle the entire event. Decide right away whether you are able to take care of some of the things yourself such as flowers or the wedding cake. Most professional wedding planners allow you to choose the services you will need. While they do offer everything from the coordination of the rehearsal, menu selection, catering, and venue selection to the decorations, you can save money by only hiring a wedding planner to handle those things you feel unable to deal with.

As you call wedding planners, be sure to take notes about what they tell you. Ask plenty of questions. Be sure to mention the things that are most important to you. Once you have called around and spoken to half a dozen wedding planners, you should be able to narrow your search down to about three that you really like.

Call and make an appointment to speak to each one of these. Ask about their credentials, experience, and other questions that are important to you. Take along a trusted friend or relative, but be sure to leave the children at home so you will not be distracted. After each interview, ask yourself a few questions about the wedding planner.

  1. Did s/he listen to what you were saying?
  2. Did s/he understand your vision?
  3. Did your personalities mesh well?
  4. Did s/he seem to have good organizational and communication skills?

The next step is simply to go over your notes and figure out which one is right for you. Once you choose a wedding planner, it’s important to trust their judgment. If you are not fully confident in your wedding planner, then you may find yourself second-guessing all of her choices, which will make both of you miserable in the long run.