Perhaps you’ve been giving some thought to the possibility of using the services of a wedding planner. If you are able to get the funds for it and have a large number of people attending, then it would be a good idea. The process of ‘interviewing’ many potential wedding consultants and compiling a list of questions to ask each of them should come before your final decision. After all, you want to make sure that you employ the best possible person for the position, don’t you?
Hiring a wedding planner is recommended if you want to relieve yourself of the burden of stress associated with the preparation and organisation of your big day. Put your worries in someone else’s hands. Additionally, the finest part is that the decision is entirely up to you. You are in charge here. That doesn’t seem like such a terrible idea, does it? Just double check that you’re doing it correctly, boss!
Identify the right individual to plan and organise your wedding by using the last fifteen questions as a guide. They will help you find the best candidate. If you are searching for the PERFECT wedding planner, the individual in question shouldn’t show any sign of hesitance while responding to the following questions:
- Are you licensed, or do you at least have a DBA registration document?
- How long have you been in the business of wedding consulting?
- How many weddings do you do on an annual basis?
- Do you have any feedback/testimonials?
- Do you belong to any professional organizations?
- Are you certified? If so, by whom?
- Do you have a contract (if so, may you see it?)
- Do you plan on doing this work yourself or are you using the services of your staff? (You’d be surprised how many wedding consultants send other people to do their work–this is an important question to ask).
- Do you accept referral fees and/or commissions? (If they say that they accept referral fees–you should walk out the door, this sounds like a scam artist).
- How do you work? Will we be meeting on a one-on-one basis, or will your full staff be there?
- Will you be able to work within my budget? If I give you a ceiling budget, will you go beyond it to meet your expectations? (Make sure they are willing to work within your budget–it’s always easy to spend someone else’s money!).
- What are you willing to do for the fee you are quoting me? Make a list and make sure it coincides with any written contract that requires your signature.
- How often will you provide me with updates on my wedding planning?
- Will you be present during my wedding rehearsal and wedding day? Will this be included in your fees?
- What type of attire will you be wearing should you attend these events?