10 Questions To Ask A Wedding Planner

6. Do they have referrals or testimonials from previous clients?

Some planners will have some of their bride’s cell phone numbers in their phone from previous weddings. Of course they have to ask the bride before they give out their phone number.

7. How often do they plan on getting in touch with you?

Are they available to meet on your days off? Some brides may prefer weekly updates, while others want the planner to handle as much as possible without consulting them. You may want to email your planner every day if need be. Is that included in the wedding package? Will they charge extra because they went over the estimated hours worked?

8. What exactly is included in the wedding planning package?

Your venue may come with a coordinator, but this person probably won’t be able to provide all the services you’d like. The venue coordinator may have two or more weddings on the same day. Plus the venue coordinator works for the venue, and does not have your best interest in mind if something were to go wrong. A wedding planner will cover the rest of the details that the venue coordinator may not do. Will the wedding planner that you meet with actually be the one working your wedding? Or will they have an assistant/co-worker work on your special day?

9. How does the planner charge for your wedding?

Is it a flat fee, an hourly rate or calculated as a percentage of your total wedding costs? How much is the deposit? When is the final balance due? Request that the contract include a list of any potential extra fees that may come up and what those are. Finally, ask your wedding planner how they handle refunds if something were to happen.

10. After you meet with them, think about how they made you feel.

Did you feel a connection? It is important that you do because you will be spending a lot of time together. Don’t hire the least expensive coordinator if you think she will get on your nerves. It is not worth it! Going with the cheapest vendor is not usually the best thing to do.

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